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Northwest Announces New Flights

May 31, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ Capitalizing on a surge in Japanese tourists to Las Vegas, Northwest Airlines announced Sunday it will start non-stop flights between Tokyo and America’s gambling mecca.

Northwest will introduce two flights a week and the new service will cut the travel time between the cities by 3 1/2 hours, Northwest said. The first flight is scheduled for Monday.

Northwest is the first airline to provide a Tokyo-Las Vegas service.

More than 400,000 Japanese visited Las Vegas in 1997, a 30 percent increase from the previous year, Kyodo News reported, quoting Las Vegas tourism officials.

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