Las Vegas McCarran Airport passenger traffic rises in 2006 to 46.2 million.
The increase from 2005 is 4.4 percent with a large growth expected in 2007. There will be more Las Vegas hotel rooms and more residents flying in and out of Vegas. The fourth quarter saw an increase of 7.9 percent increase to 3.5 million from 2005.
The fifth largest airline, American, decreased 11.6 percent to 2.3 million passengers.
Delta Airlines decreased 9.6 percent to 2.4 million people.
Southwest Airlines showed the highest increase at McCarran Airport for 11.3 percent for 13.9 million.
New Orleans and Denver were new destinations from Las Vegas by Southwest at McCarran. Regional and low cost airlines
Low-cost and regional airlines like Southwest led the way at McCarran in 2006.
Last year both Stardust Las Vegas and Lady Luck in downtown closed to make way for re development. There were less rooms for travelers.
The Palazzo Las Vegas condos will help increase rooms in 2007 with its 3,025 rooms and condo hotel.
There has been a $4 billion worth of improvements on the 58 year old McCarran Airport. The renovations consisted of cosmetic improvements for both A and B concourses. The look and feel of these concourses will fit with the other expansions.
A $1.8 billion third terminal at McCarran International Airport will open in 2011 with 14 gates and a 6,000 vehicle parking garage. Source: LV Review
Las Vegas news on passenger traffic at McCarran Airport is 46.2 million passengers in 2006.