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Passenger traffic at Las Vegas airport dips slightly in November

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Southwest Airlines planes sit at McCarran International Airport.

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport dropped slightly for the third month in a row in November, according to statistics released Friday.

Traffic dropped 0.3 percent in November compared to the same month last year, with a total of 3.31 million travelers arriving or departing.

Despite the slight decline, overall airport traffic through the first 11 months of the year is up 0.6 percent to 38.49 million passengers.

McCarran suffered its largest monthly decline in passengers traffic of the year — a 3 percent drop — in September.

Strong international travel, which increased 6 percent from last year, helped offset drops in domestic and air tour traffic in November.

United and Delta Air Lines saw the biggest drops in passengers in November, with year-over-year declines of 7.5 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Airlines continued its strong year, posting a 1.9 percent growth in passengers in November, bringing its growth in 2012 to 10 percent, an increase of nearly 200,000 passengers.

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