Nevada Appeal at 150: Oct. 1, 1962: Carson City gets first airline; plan daily flights to Las Vegas

Sparked by the local Chamber of Commerce, a commercial airline has announced plans to begin daily flights from Carson City to Las Vegas, via Reno and Hawthorne, it was announced today.

Airport manager Emile Basso said Silver State Airlines of Nevada will be in operation in about a month and offer daily round-trip flights to Las Vegas.

Basso said the airline currently has two twin-engined De Havillands capable of carrying nine passenger each and making the trip to the south in from two to two-and-a-half hours.

He said the idea of Carson City’s first commercial airline was generated by the Chamber of Commerce which moved to expand airport facilities recently.

Hugh Pelfry, chairman of the chamber’s airport committee, said the organization “put the pressure on county commissioners,” for the development of an air service for Carson City. The commercial airline here came in the wake of the airport master plan developed by the county.

Basso said the planes will leave Carson City in the morning and make the return trip from Las Vegas in the evening.

He said more planes would be added to the service if business warranted it. He also indicated that the airline would offer chartered service to local groups.

Basso estimated the fare between here and Las Vegas to be between $42 and $43.50 including tax.

This continues the Appeal’s review of news stories and headlines during its Sesquicentennial year.


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