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Passenger counts rose for a sixth straight month at McCarran International Airport in June, giving the airport a 3.8 percent increase in year-to-date passengers over last year.
The airport served 3,592,523 passengers in June 2011, a 5.6 percent increase from last year, when the airport saw 3,400,550 passengers, McCarran officials said Monday.
The airport has had increases in traffic each month this year when compared to the same month of 2010. Passenger counts rose 5 percent in January, 2.4 percent in February, 2.2 percent in March, 2.3 percent in April and 5.1 percent in May.
In the first half of the year, Las Vegas’ airport served 20,351,328 passengers, a 3.8 percent increase from the same period last year, when it served 19,613,828 passengers.
If the trend continues and McCarran has an increase in passengers for the year, it would be the first annual increase since 2007, when the airport served a record of 47.7 million passengers.
All of the top five airlines at McCarran have reported increases in their year-to-date passenger counts in Las Vegas.
Southwest, the busiest carrier at the airport, had a 3.3 percent increase in June compared to June 2010, to 1,399,903 passengers. So far this year, the airline has served nearly 8 million passengers at McCarran, a 2.5 percent increase from the same time last year.
Delta had a 1.4 percent decrease in June, but is up 1.4 percent in the year-to-date count. US Airways had an 18.1 percent increase in June and a 3.9 percent year-to-date increase. American had a 6.4 percent increase for the month and an 8 percent increase for the six-month period.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air had a 5.4 percent increase in June, when it served 184,939 passengers for the month, putting it past Continental into the No. 5 position. The airline has had a 2.9 percent increase in passengers so far this year.