Viva Las Vegas! For the second time this year, McCarran International Airport (LAS) has set a record for the number of passengers passing through the airport.
Beating the previous record set back in May of 4.5 million passengers, McCarran eclipsed the springtime number by adding a further 100,000 passengers in October.
In a way, it is not surprising that the new passenger record number has been set in October given that prior to May, October 2018 held the record for the most number of passengers.
Passenger numbers are up from the same time last year
October’s amazing figure now gives the gambling Mecca’s airport a total of 43.1 million passengers for the first 10 months of the year. That’s an increase of 3.5% on 2018’s numbers.
When speaking about the increase in passenger numbers to the city’s local newspaper the Las Vegas Review-Journal airport spokesman Chris Jones said:
“Our growth is attributable to the strength of the destination.
“Las Vegas continues to add attractions and events that entice people to come here, along with a strong economy that’s enabled more and more local residents to travel. Given those factors, we’ve had success showing airline leaders why there’s such a strong business case to bring more seats into the market, whether that involves new carriers, new city pairs or increased service on existing routes. “
Las Vegas Airport should surpass 50 million passengers in 2019
Given October’s figures, McCarran International is now poised to surpass 50 million passengers, beating last year’s record number by more than 300,000.
“It’s exciting to see these records fall and we anticipate we’ll also set a new annual record for the third consecutive calendar year once 2019 has concluded — this time going beyond the 50 million mark for the first time ever,” Jones said.
Of the airlines operating out of Las Vegas, Denver based ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has seen the biggest uptick in ticket sales. Compared to the same period in 2018 Frontier Airlines has seen a 65.5 % increase in the number of passengers using them to fly in and out of Las Vegas.
When asked about Frontiers impressive growth, Frontier spokesman Zack Kramer said:
“We’re excited to continue to expand our service in Las Vegas and have added many new destinations this year, making it possible for more people to affordably travel to and from the Entertainment Capital of the World.”
Building on their Las Vegas success, on November 14th, 2019 Frontier Airlines launched four new routes from McCarran International Airport to Portland International Airport (PDX), Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) in Orange County, California.
“We are incredibly appreciative of the support we’ve received from the Las Vegas community and our outstanding partnership with McCarran International Airport,” added Kramer.
Southwest has seen a decline in passenger numbers
Another low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines saw their numbers go up too with an increase of 18.4% compared to the first 10 months of 2018.
While the news may be good for Frontier and Spirit, the same cannot be said for the city’s biggest airline Southwest who is down 2.8% on the previous year.
Southwest attributes its decline in passenger numbers down to the grounding of the 737 MAX that the Dallas based airline has now taken off its schedule through March 6th of 2020.