Nov. 30, 2011
PASSENGER NUMBERS INCREASE AT McCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CONTINUING ITS STEADY RECOVERY
3.7 million people who boarded or got off flights in October marked a 4.5 percent gain from a year ago. The number of flights and seats also increased.
The number of seats went up 4.9 percent to 490,000 and more than 75 percent was on flights to Southern California, the San Francisco area and Portland. These are routes Spirit Airlines has entered recently, causing other airlines to add flights of their own. The L.A. route accounted for 8,100 more seats.
The 268 percent increase by Spirit Airlines far surpassed any other airline. Now, Spirit is up to 147 flights in seven cities and plans to open a crew and maintenance facility in Las Vegas early next year.
While the domestic side rose moderately, international travel jumped 30 percent in October, about half from north and south of the border.
WestJet Airlines continued to service Vegas aggressively with routes to several Canadian cities. The arrival of Mexican discounter Volaris and AeroMexico brought more passengers.
Virgin Atlantic and British Airways went up 25 percent as Virgin added Manchester as a non-stop destination and British Air put larger jets on the route.