Las Vegas poised for China flights, Phoenix keeps working toward more international routes

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Las Vegas is poised to get nonstop flights to China.

The Chinese government has approved Hainan Airlines’ application for three times a week direct service from Beijing to Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, according to reports by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and GGR Asia, a Pacific Rim gaming news service.

The China-to-Vegas flights still need approval from the U.S. government.

Hainan already flies into Los Angeles, Seattle, San Jose, Chicago and Boston. The Chinese carrier also flies into Toronto and is starting service to Calgary this summer.

International carriers have had direct tourism-focused flights into Las Vegas. That list currently includes Korean Air, Panama-based Copa Airlines, British Airways and Germany’s Condor Airlines.