American Airlines to keep flying from Las Vegas to D.C.

Las Vegas has been spared from required cuts in service by American Airlines on flights to and from Washington's Reagan National Airport.

As a condition of the airline's merger with US Airways, American had to divest 52 daily round-trip flights to the D.C. airport, a favorite with government personnel because of its close proximity to the Capitol.

US Airways has had one daily nonstop round trip between Reagan National and McCarran International Airport since 2004 as a result of exemptions from a rule that bans flights of more than 1,250 miles to the Washington airport.

Today, the airline — now known as American — announced it would end round trips between Reagan National and 17 cities. Also among them are San Diego, Calif.; Detroit; and Minneapolis.

Nevada's congressional delegation lobbied to repeal the perimeter rule in 2010 to add more Las Vegas-Reagan National flights, but those efforts were unsuccessful.