Passenger traffic at Las Vegas airport flat in November


A Delta jet at McCarran International Airport.

After five months of increases and five months of declines in the number of passengers flying into McCarran International Airport this year, November’s numbers were right where you’d expect — with no change at all.

The Clark County Aviation Department reported 3.3 million passengers used the airport in November, virtually the same as in November 2012. With a month left in the year, counts are 0.2 percent ahead of last year at 38.6 million passengers.

While domestic traffic is down 0.3 percent for the year, November domestic flying was up 0.2 percent. International traffic, up 3.7 percent for the year, was down 2.6 percent for the month.

Southwest Airlines continued to lead domestic airlines serving the airport, with 1.3 million passengers, down 1.8 percent from a year ago.

The rest of the top-five carriers showed November gains with Delta Air Lines up 9.7 percent to 320,114 passengers, United up 7.1 percent to 303,160, American up 2.8 percent to 212,791 and new No. 5 Spirit Airlines up 24.7 percent to 181,124.

Among international carriers, Interjet, Aeromexico and Copa Airlines had the biggest percentage increases in passengers, but the leading foreign carrier continues to be Canada-based discounter Westjet, with 91,198 passengers for the month.