Las Vegas airport passenger traffic tops 1 million in June

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Steve Marcus

A Southwest Airlines passenger jet takes off from McCarran International Airport June 5, 2017.

Tue, Jul 28, 2020 (3:20 p.m.)

Passenger traffic at the Las Vegas airport climbed to over 1 million in June but was still 76 percent off the same month last year, according to numbers released today.

In June 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, a total of 4,444,263 travelers passed through McCarran International Airport.

Still, the 1,041,823 passengers last month dwarfed the count of 392,336 in May, just as Las Vegas was emerging from the coronavirus shutdown, airport officials reported.

The air travel and tourism industries, the lifeblood of Las Vegas, have been decimated by the virus.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all nonessential businesses closed in mid-March to help slow the spread of the virus, and casinos were not allowed to restart opening until June 4.

So far this year, McCarran has seen 11,669,625 passengers, down nearly 54 percent from 25,238,083 through the same period last year.

International travel has been particularly hard hit. Last month, only 70 overseas passengers went through McCarran compared to 327,127 in June 2019.

The busiest carrier last month was Southwest, with 543,592 passengers. The next closest was Las Vegas-based Allegiant with 98,855.

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