McCarran sees best month since start of pandemic

Overall traffic still well behind 2019

Mitch Kelly
November 20, 2020 - 5:45 am
 An aerial view shows McCarran International Airport amid the spread of the coronavirus on May 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Nearly 2 million travelers passed through McCarran International Airport last month, an increase from the previous month but less than half the number from a year ago.

The nearly 1.98 million passengers marks the busiest month at McCarran since the onset of the pandemic in March. Passenger volume was still down 57 percent from the 4.6 million passengers seen at McCarran in October 2019.

Through October, McCarran has seen 18.7 million passengers, down 57 percent from the 41.1 million recorded through the first 10 months of 2019.

Hurting the overall number was, once again, the virtual lack of international travel. International flights accounted for only slightly more than 17,000 passengers in October, down 95 percent from Octiber of 2019. For the year, international travel is down 75 percent.

Southwest Airlines continues to be, by far, McCarran's businest carrier, but their passenger count is down 56 percent from October of 2019. Southwest was followed by Spirit (down 45%), American (down 43%, Frontier (down 37%) and Delta (down 64%)