Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Eugene Moehring

Number of Pages



This thesis carefully examines the relationship between the commercial air travel and tourist industries in Las Vegas, especially highlighting their unprecedented growth in the second half of the twentieth century. It not only provides an accurate historic account of both industries, but clearly delineates the dependence of tourism on commercial air service as the primary source of transportation to Las Vegas; While the thesis's overarching theme focuses on commercial air travel and tourism, it also contains a set of subthemes, one of which highlights the symbiotic relationship of the commercial air travel industry with the Strip "mega-resorts," and the air charter and junket industries, such as Warren Bayley's Hacienda Airlines (Chapter 2). A second significant subtheme that the thesis explores, is the impact that airline deregulation had on Las Vegas, especially noting the remarkable increase in the number of air carriers providing service to Las Vegas, and the explosive growth in McCarran Airport's passenger volume. The epilogue provides a future outlook for both industries in addition to summarizing all of the themes presented throughout the discussion.


Air; Commercial; Desert; Nevada; Thunder; Tourism; Travel; Vegas; Las Vegas

Controlled Subject

Transportation; Recreation; Geography

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2027.52 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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