International traffic shines in less-than-stellar month for McCarran

Glenn Pinkerton / Las Vegas News Bureau

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, British Airwaysi first flight from Londonis Gatwick Airport pulls into the gate waving the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes out of the cockpit windows after a traditional water cannon salute at McCarran International Airport on October 29, 2012.

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McCarran International Airport experienced another month of flat passenger levels compared with last year with international traffic buoying domestic arrivals in August.

The Clark County Aviation Department reported today that 3.61 million passengers used the airport last month, a 0.8 percent decline from August 2012.

International traffic was up 3.4 percent to 254,625 while domestic counts were off 1.4 percent to 3.27 million. For the first eight months of 2013, total traffic is down 0.1 percent to 28.04 million passengers.

Domestic legacy carriers Delta and American had the strongest showings for the month with traffic up 10.4 percent to 339,409 for the month for Delta and 9.9 percent to 225,955 for American. Market leader Southwest Airlines was off 2.8 percent to 1.42 million passengers.

Internationally, double-digit percentage increases were reported by British Airways (up 36.3 percent to 26,895 passengers), Korean Airlines (up 34 percent to 7,733 passengers), Copa Airlines (up 33.4 percent to 7,772) and Aeromexico (up 16.4 percent to 18,109).

McCarran also reported that air-tour operations on the west side of the airport were up 9.8 percent for the month to 87,738 passengers, paced by a 73.1 percent increase by Papillon Airways.

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