Current Economic Condition Slows Las Vegas Visitors Through Airport

McCarran Airport Las VegasCurrent economic condition slows Las Vegas visitors through McCarran International Airport.  September 2008 registered 3.37 million passengers, a 13.2 percent decline for an 11th consecutive month.

The airline industry has been hit hard from the recession and travel to Las Vegas, Nevada has its biggest year over year drop since 2001. Airlines are responsible for nearly half of the 40 million annual visitors through Las Vegas.  The uncertainty of the weakening economy cut passenger traffic to almost all major carriers.

American airlines dropped 3.1 percent, Delta dropped 5.9 percent and United dipped 8.3 percent.

The largest airline at McCarran, Southwest, had a decline of 8.7 percent to 1.2 million departures and arrivals.

Airlines are cutting its flights and capacity in part due to the high cost of fuel prices.  The second largest carrier, US Airways, slashed a large 30.6 from its passenger count.

A successful Las Vegas based Allegiant airlines has a traffic decline of 4 percent in Sept.

Total statistics for McCarran airport through September is 34.1 million passengers.  Year to date traffic is at a 5.7 percent slower pace.

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Current economic condition slows Las Vegas visitors through airport.

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