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United Airlines and US Air shrinking at Las Vegas; American Airlines, Southwest and Delta growing

18-Apr-2011

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport reported a 2.2% increase in passenger numbers in Mar-2011 to 3.56 million, taking the first quarter tally to 9.65 million, up 3.1%. But there are some key changes in the carrier mix at the airport beneath the headline figures.

Southwest Airlines remained the airport's biggest customer, accounting for 38.3% of the total. Southwest's throughput fell 0.2% in Mar-2011 to 1.37 million, but rose 2.4% in 1Q2011 to 3.79 million, according to latest data published by the airport.

Delta, the airport's second biggest carrier, reported a 2.8% lift in traffic last month, while American Airlines rose to fourth place behind US Airways with a 5.8% increase in pax last month at McCarran.

United's numbers continued to fall as it reduces services at the airport. Passenger numbers were down 19.1% in Mar-2011 and 10.9% for the first quarter. United has now slid from third to fifth at McCarran.

The other big movers at McCarran are Alaska, WestJet, JetBlue and Spirit, which have seen 1Q2011 passenger numbers rise 11%, 10.2%, 17.9% and 114%, respectively.

Scheduled airlines passenger traffic growth: Mar-2011 and 1Q2011

Airline Mar-11 % change 1Q2011 % change
Southwest Airlines 1,365,913 -0.2% 3,786,468 2.4%
Delta* 383,530 2.8% 1,016,350 2.7%
United Airlines* 199,944 -19.1% 561,277 -10.9%
US Airways* 213,736 2.4% 603,872 -4.2%
American 202,027 5.8% 572,603 6.7%
Allegiant 193,471 3.8% 482,773 5.9%
Continental 181,327 4.4% 461,023 1.3%
Alaska* 113,725 13.5% 284,792 11.0%
WestJet
84,157 12.4% 233,377 10.2%
Frontier 63,895 -8.5% 166,847 -4.7%
JetBlue Airways 73,484 21.7% 199,609 17.9%
AirTran 56,152 22.4% 129,535 15.4%
Virgin America 38,235 -9.0% 108,834 1.1%
Spirit Airlines 44,026 154.7% 100,442 114.6%
Sun Country 17,073 30.5% 42,162 42.5%

Passenger numbers in March were slightly below 2009 levels. NB: CAPA now offers on-demand monthly airport traffic graphs for well over 100 of the world's leading airports on its Profile pages.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport passenger numbers (mill): Jan-2009 to Mar-2011


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