Nissan dealers stuck in Las Vegas

About 450 Nissan dealers from across the country, with an additional 400 spouses or guests, are still stuck in Las Vegas following a Nissan North America dealer meeting held Tuesday, Nissan spokesman Tim Gallagher said Thursday.

About 100 Nissan regional and district sales managers also remain stranded.

The dealers were scheduled to depart early Wednesday, but the Federal Aviation Authority’s mandate to ground all air traffic after the terrorist attacks Tuesday cancelled their flights home.

"We’re going to take care of them through the weekend to make sure they’re comfortable," Gallagher said. Yesterday, Nissan rented five buses to return dealers to cities California and Phoenix, Ariz., he said.

Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport was given approval to begin flights Thursday, but several airlines will not resume flights until Friday, an airport spokeswoman said.

The FAA has begun approving flights for takeoff on a case-by-case basis. The spokeswoman said full flight schedules may take several days to resume. The airport and airlines are not yet able to tell their passengers when flights can be rescheduled.

Gallagher said as many as 40 dealers bought cars from local Nissan dealerships and drove home Wednesday and Thursday instead of waiting for planes.

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