Las Vegas Sun

October 22, 2018

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Las Vegas airport sees record passenger traffic in October


Steve Marcus

A Southwest Airlines passenger jet takes off from McCarran International Airport June 5, 2017.

McCarran International Airport saw record traffic of 4.34 million passengers in October, the Clark County Department of Aviation reported today.

The passenger count eclipsed the previous monthly record of 4.33 million set in July and was up 1.5 percent from October 2016, officials said.

McCarran has accommodated 40.76 million passengers so far this year, up 2.2 percent from the same period last year. Passenger traffic is on track to eclipse the yearly record of 47.8 million set in 2007, officials said.

Southwest Airlines was the airport’s top carrier in October with 1.58 million passengers, followed by American Airlines with 390,239 and United with 363,595.

"It's always exciting to see record numbers, but I feel this one is rather special for our entire community,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County director of aviation. “The October 2017 numbers reflect a continuation of the trend of year-over-year increases we have seen from our air carrier partners for more than six years now, but moreover, it shows that despite the tragedy that rocked our city (Oct 1), the appeal of Las Vegas remains strong.”