LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After a record month in July, it seems people weren’t as eager to get back to traveling in August when COVID-19 cases surged around the country.
According to McCarran International Airport, more than 3.8 million passengers traveled through McCarran International Airport. In July, it was 4.1 million, which was the highest number since the pandemic interrupted air travel in March 2020.
The August number of passengers was a 14.1% drop from August of 2019, prior to the pandemic. A year-to-date comparison shows a 30% decrease from 2019 which equates to almost 10 million fewer passengers than before the pandemic.
Historically, the month of August usually sees a decline from July with a slowdown in travel as families prepare for kids to head back to school.
Domestic travel for the year is down 25% and International travel, which represents much fewer travelers, is down 87%.
Southwest remains the busiest air carrier serving McCarran with 1.4 million arriving and departing passengers.
Additionally, Spirit Airlines dealt with a prolonged network outage at the beginning of the month that resulted in cancellations impacting passenger traffic.