Bishop Airport, passengers celebrate first flight to Vegas

Southwest Airlines expanded its services from Flint's Bishop International Airport in true Las Vegas style Sunday.

"A little gambling, horeseback riding, zipline, time by the pool," said anxious passengers boarding the inaugural flight to Las Vegas out of Bishop International Airport Sunday.

So many reasons for the passengers to journey to "Sin City," but the newest one, not having to go to Detroit to catch a flight.

"It's the first day to Vegas, non stop, you leave here, get there and today is special, we are partying before they get there and party," said airport director, Jim Rice.

Bishop put the spirit of Vegas right at the Southwest terminal for passengers taking the special voyage.

"I love it. It's getting me pumped up. The showgirls over there, the Vegas sign. Whoop! Ready to go,"

said passenger, Tracy Shomali.

While some of the passengers say they're going in hopes to win some money many say because of this flight they are saving it.

"Gas, parking, baggage fees, I would pay $100 extra to fly from here," said Tammi Miller.

While convenient for passengers, the airport says they are excited what new flights could bring.

"It gives people another choice of how to get out West. We will see a lot of them will connect on and go to other places so it should improve our ridership,"

said Rice.

It is a good thing we caught the passengers when we did because like the saying goes what happens in Vegas...

Southwest Airlines also offers nonstop flights from Flint to airports in Baltimore, Orlando, and Tampa Bay.