Las Vegas airport sets passenger record in October

December 1, 2022 1:43 PM
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  • Buck Wargo, CDC Gaming Reports
December 1, 2022 1:43 PM

Aided by a bounce-back in convention business and strong tourist visitation, Harry Reid International Airport set an all-time record in October by serving more than five million passengers.

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The 5.17 million passengers who passed through the airport represent the first time the total count topped five million. The previous record was set in July at 4.86 million passengers. There were 4.75 million passengers in September.

“Serving more than five million passengers in a single month is a milestone achievement and further evidence that Las Vegas remains among the most in-demand destinations in the world,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County Director of Aviation.

Vassiliadis noted that not just visitors are coming through the airport. Local residents are also traveling at a high volume. This is visible by how often the Terminal 1 parking garage is reaching capacity throughout the week.

Las Vegas had 3.63 million visitors in October, 29,000 fewer than October 2019 before the pandemic. The 628,100 convention visitors surpassed the 525,300 in October 2019.

Strong Las Vegas visitation in October helped Nevada surpass $1 billion in revenue for 20 consecutive months.

The 5.17 million total is 23.7% higher than the 4.18 million processed in October 2021. For the year, the airport has handled 43.7 million passengers, 37.3% higher than the 31.8 million during the same period in 2021.

International arrivals and departures continue to grow, with 286,050 passengers handled in October, a 178.9% increase over October 2021 when it was 102,560.

Southwest Airlines led the way in October with 1.71 million passengers, a 22.1% increase over 2021. Spirit handled 756,579 and Frontier 599,081.