McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas real estate had busiest month ever in July with 4.3 million departures and arrivals, an increase of 5 percent from a year ago. Bargain airlines had the biggest impact on the increased passenger traffic.
The month of July had an increase in traffic of five percent above the 2006 figures. The total amount of McCarran Las Vegas passengers to date has been 28 million. The previous high was held during March, 2007 with almost 4.2 million.
A major traffic boost came from the low fare domestic airline Allegiant Air based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Allegiant is now the sixth largest carrier at McCarran and near American for fifth position.
The sixth busiest airport in the nation usually would see an increase in traffic throughout the year due to hotel openings. Several larger conventions that attributed to this increase were the McDonald’s Corp convention and another for woodworkers.
The Clark County Department of Aviation is looking for ways to handle the increased traffic. With many low fare airlines serving Las Vegas and the increased Southern Nevada population a new airport 25 miles southwest from the current is being planned to be operational in 2017.
To assist the current airport run at its fullest capacity the aviation department is spending a total worth $4 billion in capital improvements to service its growing customers.
An airport terminal expansion, including security gates and more baggage claim carousels, of $1.8 billion is set for 2011 opening at McCarran.
With an increase of more than seven percent, Southwest Airlines had the most passenger traffic for the month with 1.5 million people.
American, United, Delta and US Airways were in the top five for the month. Delta Airlines was the only carrier to post an increase for July 2007. Delta’s passenger count was up 7 percent or 224,000 from July 2006.
Allegiant Airlines quickly rose to the sixth position with an increase of 33 percent to almost 174,000 passengers. American’s passenger count declined in July nine percent to 178,000.