This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Daniel K. Bubb, author of “Landing in Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Bubb talks about the impact of commercial aviation on Las Vegas and how the West was a perfect fit through speed, space, and time; the development of package deals; the symbiotic relations between airlines and Las Vegas resorts; the choice between cars and planes when coming to Las Vegas from Southern California; the impact of the coronavirus on air travel to Las Vegas; and the future of Las Vegas when dealing with a public that is hesitant to fly.
Bubb received his MA in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in history and political science from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is a former airline pilot who has published articles on commercial aviation and airport history in the American West. In 2012, Bubb published his first book, Landing in Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City (University of Nevada Press). Currently, he is researching and writing a second book that examines the role airlines and airports play in connecting Western American cities with the world. Bubb is a Faculty-in-Residence, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Academic Affairs in the Honors College at UNLV.