McCarran International Airport numbers continue climbing

Nov 27, 2015 9:09 AM

The 4.1 million passengers streaming through McCarran Airport during October means it is on track to pass last year’s 12-month total when there were 42.9 million traveling through the facility which continues to rank among the busiest in the world.

For 10 months of 2015 traffic is up a bit more than 5 percent to 38 million, according to the Clark County Department of Aviation.

The October total was 6.4 percent better than October a year ago. Domestic traffic during the month was 7.2 percent better than the same 2014 period, climbing  to 3.7 million. International arrivals were 1.4 percent lower to 317,519 for the month.

The strongest domestic performer were market leader Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines which reported a 7.2 percent increase in traffic during the month. Both companies have added new routes and flights into Las Vegas.

Major international carriers serving Las Vegas such as British Airways, Air Canada and Korean Air posted small increases during October, but airlines such as Panama-based Copa Airlines and Canadian discounter Wesjet were off 45.2 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].