Las Vegas welcomes inaugural Edelweiss Air flight

McCarran International Airport is set to welcome a Swiss airline's inaugural flight from Zurich to Las Vegas.

An Edelweiss Air flight from Kloten Airport was scheduled to arrive just before 1 p.m. today. Airport officials planned to give the plane a ceremonial water cannon salute as it came into town.

Edelweiss plans to offer round trips between Las Vegas and Zurich twice a week.

Officials in Las Vegas have been trying to encourage more international tourism, which tends to be more lucrative because guests stay longer.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority projects the new Edelweiss flights will generate $20 million a year in non-gaming economic impact for Las Vegas.