Vegas Passenger Traffic Down 11.8 Percent in March

LAS VEGAS (AP) - McCarran International Airport says nearly 490,000 fewer airline passengers flew into and out of Las Vegas in March compared with the same month a year ago.

Airport officials said Tuesday that the 3.6 million passengers for the month was 11.8 percent fewer than the 4.1 million passengers in March 2008.

The figures marked the 17th straight month the airport has reported year-to-year declines.

The largest drop was on US Airways, which handled nearly 459,000
passengers in March 2009 - almost 226,000 fewer than the same month
one year ago.

The airline has made drastic cuts to its Las Vegas schedule, and has carried 34 percent fewer passengers so far in 2009 compared with the same time frame last year.

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