McCarran International Airport has record-breaking May

Jun 27, 2018 9:15 AM

It was a record-breaking May for Southern Nevada’s McCarran International Airport, reports the Clark County Aviation Department.

During the busiest month ever recorded, more than 4.36 million airline passengers utilized the facility to visit and depart from Las Vegas, besting the record set seven months ago (4.33 million passengers). Aviation officials also noted that May was the 15th consecutive month in gains for passenger traffic at what is now the nation’s eighth-busiest airport.

Spirit, now among the airport’s five biggest carriers, showed a 28.8 percent increase. United, also in the top five, was up 12 percent compared to May 2017, data shows. Smaller gains were reported by Delta and market-leader Southwest.

Among international airlines, Canadian carrier WestJet saw a 17.3 percent jump in traffic last month, with Air Canada up 8.1 percent. WestJet, reacting to market demand, offered additional flights to Las Vegas from Winnipeg and returning during the recently concluded Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets to win the series 4-1.