Flying high: July the busiest month ever for McCarran Airport

Flying high: July the busiest month ever for McCarran Airport

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Posted by James Walker
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McCarran International Airport received 4.33 million passengers in July

Visitors to McCarran International Airport hit a new record in July, underlining Las Vegas’ ongoing resurgence as one of the world’s leading gaming and entertainment destinations.

During the month, McCarran received 4.33 million passengers, up 3.8% on July 2016 and topping the pre-recession record of 4.3 million set in August 2007. Year-to-date passenger figures totalled 28.1 million, compared with 27.4 million in the first seven months of 2016.

July marked the fifth consecutive month that the nation’s eighth-busiest airport logged more than four million passengers, with McCarran now on track to beat the 47.4 million annual figure achieved last year. The annual record of nearly 48 million was set in 2007.

“These numbers reflect a continuation of the strong Las Vegas demand we have seen from our air carrier partners over the first half of this year,” airport spokesman Chris Jones told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Barring anything unexpected, I don’t foresee things slowing down much until we get closer to the end of the calendar year.”

The record-breaking monthly figure follows the recent entrance of a new international carrier to McCarran. Hainan Airlines inaugurated a direct flight between Beijing and Las Vegas in December last year, as the US gambling hub looks to capture high-rollers from the Chinese mainland.

More than 4,200 passengers travelled to Vegas from the Chinese capital in July, bringing the year-to-date total to more than 27,000.

In June, meanwhile, Viva Aerobus, Mexico’s ultra low-cost airline, unveiled its first non-stop international route from Mexico City to Las Vegas. Passengers can now buy their tickets from as little as $82 to fly this new route, which will start operations on December 16 with a daily frequency.

Totally Gaming says: As the principal route of entry for both domestic and international visitors to Las Vegas, the airport’s throughput is seen as a bellwether for the success of the city’s casino operators. According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, in the first six months of 2017, gaming revenues for Clark County – which includes Downtown and The Strip – were up nearly 3% year-on-year to $9.9 billion. And those in the industry will be hoping McCarran continues to achieve record-breaking visitor numbers for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.

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