Domestic air traffic down, foreign travel up in March at Las Vegas airport

/ Las Vegas Sun

A Virgin Airlines 747-400 arrives at McCarran International Airport for a media event to mark the 10th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic’s London to Las Vegas route Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport was flat in March compared with a year ago, with strong international and air tour operations offsetting a slight dip in domestic travel to Las Vegas.

The Clark County Aviation Department reported 3.7 million passengers in March, a 0.7 percent increase over last year. For the first quarter, traffic was down 1.4 percent to 9.8 million passengers.

International traffic was up 8.7 percent to 262,948 passengers for the month. Double-digit percentage increases were recorded by British Airways, which had additional flights to London’s Gatwick International Airport, Condor, Air Canada and Volaris.

Of the 13 airlines that had international flights in March, only Virgin Atlantic showed a decline in traffic.

For domestic carriers, traffic was down 0.1 percent to 3.3 million passengers. Southwest, Delta and American showed passenger increases, but United and Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air were down for the month.

The biggest declines were posted by Frontier Airlines, which trimmed its Las Vegas schedule, Virgin America and US Airways.

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