July was a real bummer for fliers coming to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport. The Clark County Department of Aviation said that 3.56 million people flew in and out of McCarran in July, down from 3.92 million a year earlier.
For the year-to-date through July, McCarran’s arriving-and-departing flier count is down 11.5 percent, having fallen to 23.78 million fliers from 26.86 million fliers in the same period a year earlier.
Michael Boyd, an airline consultant with the Evergreen, Colorado firm Boyd Group, said the year-to-date passenger drop is wider than the nation’s current 8.5 percent drop.
Boyd also suggested that the passenger traffic drop could have been shallower if not for the comments made earlier this year by President Obama (prior article by Las Vegas Backstage Access).