Passenger Count Down At Las Vegas Airport In 2008

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.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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