More people traveled this holiday season than ever before, and Las Vegas welcomed a record crowd into the valley.
On Jan. 1, there was a steady flow of New Year’s day travelers coming and going through McCarran International Airport.
Carla Charia, a visitor from South America was flying out to Salt Lake City, Utah after spending New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority projected 318,000 visitors in town for the New Year’s Eve festivities. But there were also crowds who flew into Las Vegas on New Years Day.
Alex Smith flew in “to start out the new year just on a vacation just kind of new year, new me, you know; have some fun, party a little bit.”
Smith also flew in on New Year’s day to miss the hundreds of thousands of revelers. He wanted to surprise his boyfriend with a romantic gesture.
“It’s wonderful cause you know, I used to live here and you know, and this is the perfect time to come cause everyone is leaving so gives me more time to hang out,” Smith said.
Meanwhile, others like Jared Olson, have different reasons why they decided to fly in on new year’s day.
“In town for VGK game,” Olson said. Last night I was in Denver for the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche. Great game.
And tonight he’s in town for a Vegas Golden Knights versus the L.A. Kings game.
Airport officials recommend people flying out in the coming days get to the airport at least two hours before their flight.