McCarran International Airport released their November 2018 numbers this week, and it looks like this year will break last year’s passenger record. There were over 48.5 million passengers that traveled through Southern Nevada’s commercial airport in 2017, but 2018’s year-to-date numbers are already 2.6% higher through November. This November was also stronger than last year’s, breaking the 4 million passenger barrier.
A majority of the year’s growth has come from domestic flights, which saw a 2.3% change- that’s over 915,000 passengers. International and helicopter flights are making strong showings as well, at 5.1% and 6.4% YTD growth respectively.
Southwest continues to rule the roost of airlines serving McCarran, but their numbers for the year have shown relatively little growth at only 0.2%. Spirit holds the third place slot after having been at the bottom of the top five last year, and holds an eye-popping 25% YTD growth in passengers. American recovers a bit from their October slump, but is still at -2.4% growth for the year.