LAS VEGAS (AP) - About 44 million passengers flew in and out of
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in 2008, a 7.7 percent
decline from 2007.
The numbers released by the Clark County Department of Aviation
include a 14.1 percent decline in December to about 3.2 million, and reflect the recession that has undercut Las Vegas tourism.
It's the biggest year-over-year percentage decline since traffic fell from 10.3 million in 1980 to 9.5 million in 1981.
The five largest airlines serving Las Vegas - Southwest, US Airways, United, Delta and American - all flew fewer local travelers in 2008 than 2007.
Airport Director Randall Walker says he expects 2009 to be much like the final months of 2008, when double-digit percentage decreases were the norm.
Some airline officials say Las Vegas resorts must keep slashing hotel room rates if there's any hope for reversing the downward trend in 2009.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com
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