More than 1.8 million passengers came and went from McCarran International Airport in November, but that’s still less than half the number who typically use the airport that month.
The Clark County Department of Aviation reported Monday that passenger numbers were down 56.7 percent for the month from 2019, including 1.7 million domestic passengers – a 53.8 percent decrease from last year.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in most airlines reducing the number of flights they normally operate to Las Vegas.
International flights continued to decline in November. 19,603 passengers arrived in McCarran, a decrease of 93.6 percent from the previous year.
The 11-month total passengers using McCarran is 20.5 million, 56.6 percent less than the 11-month total of 47.3 million in 2019. The total for 2019 was 51.5 million passengers.
Southwest Airlines, McCarran’s busiest commercial passenger airline, reported 586,134 passengers in November, 53.2 percent fewer than in November 2019. In eleven months, Southwest had a total of 7.1 million passengers, a decrease of 55.5 percent from last year .
Delta Air Lines continues to see the largest percentage decline among domestic airlines with 140,766 passengers in November, down 66.4 percent year over year. Delta has dropped 62.9 percent to 1.8 million passengers for 11 months.
International arrivals have suffered the most from the pandemic. Only three airlines – Aeromexico, Vivaaerobus, and Volaris – have flown to McCarran from outside of US borders as Mexico has fewer air traffic restrictions.
Domestic passenger traffic saw a 9.3 percent decline from October through November as health and safety experts strongly recommended avoiding travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.
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