Las Vegas airport sees surge in traffic

Aerial view of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Friday, June 15, 2012. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport is probably one of the most transited airports in the world, at least if we’re talking about tourists and Europeans. Year in and year out, tons of people are flocking to the airport in search of a great time and potential huge winnings that they can gather in Las Vegas. Being both a public and military use airport in Las Vegas, McCarran airport so no less than a whopping 4.5 million people fly in and out from its terminals just in August!

The airport, that is owned for the Clark-County-owned airport saw more than 4.5 million passengers that came into the city in a single month, setting a decade-long record in Las Vegas. According to a report that came directly from the Clark County Department of Aviation, the operator of the airport, this was one of the best months in the history of the airport, especially considering that it was the last month of summer.

The previous all-time record is held also by the month of August 2007, 12 years apart. The previous record that has just been shattered by more than 200k people was standing tall at 4.3 million.

Seven-month bump:

The reputed newspaper the Las Vegas report wrote that July’s total is a 2 percent better compared with the last passengers from the same month of last year and makes the total for this year almost 30 million. This represents a big number even by Las Vegas standards, which are usually pretty high.

Frontier Airlines:

If we are to believe the news agency that is citing the Clark County Department of Aviation, this is the largest over-the-year increase was the one seen at Frontier Airlines. The company that is situated in Denver, Colorado saw an incredible surge that almost hit the 40% increase surge, going to an incredible amount of passengers counts of hundreds of thousands in the summer months. IN July, for example, the count of passengers was just north of 191.000. The Arizona-based Indigo Partners LLC owned company is also controlling interest in the Chilean low-cost startup JetSmart.

Spirit Airlines:

The ultra-low-cost carrier that has its headquarters in Florida, Spirit Airlines, also saw a significant increase compared to last year in July. The company is the seventh-largest commercial airline in the United States and it saw no less than 507 passengers, which represents a 32.1 percent boost from the previous month.

The airline, which in addition to Las Vegas, operates bases at Atlantic City, Chicago–O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando, is up 24.6 percent year-to-date, having already seen 2.9 million passengers this year. 

Southwest Airlines:

Meanwhile, McCarran’s busiest carrier by volume, Southwest Airlines, did not see an uptick, with its passenger count dipping in July, having served 1.5 million people. a 7.8 percent decline over the 1.6 million passengers from the same time last year. For the year, the Dallas, Texas-headquartered carrier is down 2.1 percent, seeing 10.4 million passengers through the month of July.

Boeing 737 MAX crashes:

The Review-Journal reports that according to Southwest spokesman, Dan Landson, the substantial dip is credited to the airline in mid-March having grounded its Boeing 737 MAX jets after two fatal crashes – a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October and an Ethiopian Airlines flight in Ethiopia in March – killed all 346 people who were aboard the flights.

CNBC reports that the largest 737 Max customer in the U.S.[Southwest Airlines], removed the planes from its schedules until early January.

American Airlines:

Also seeing its passenger count drop in July, Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered American Airlines saw 381,737 people, a 6.4 percent downturn compared with last year July’s 407,898 passengers.

According to CNBC, the 83-year-old airline is pulling the Boeing 737 Max from its schedules until early December and expects to cancel approximately 140 flights a day in November all the way through December 3. The max grounding is now in its sixth month.

Nearly 50 percent of all visitors to Sin City come through McCarran International Airport, according to the Clark County Department Of Aviation.