Nearly 4 million travelers passed through the gates of McCarran International Airport in August as air travel continues to feel the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 3.8 million passengers who passed through McCarran last month are down 14% from the same month in 2019, when 4.4 million passengers were checked in at the airport, according to figures released Monday by the Clark County Department of Aviation.
Passenger volume, which includes both departing and arriving flights, also fell 8.3% from July, when 4.15 million passed through the airport’s gates – the first time that McCarran has passed the 4 million mark since January 2020.
Through August, McCarran is 30% below the first eight months of 2019, serving 23.9 million passengers this year, up from 34.2 million during the same period in 2019.
Southwest Airlines, McCarran’s busiest carrier, accounted for 1.42 million travelers in August, down 3% from 1.46 million passengers in August 2019.
Frontier Airlines was one of two airlines to report higher passenger volume than August 2019 figures, with passenger volume up 44%, from 259,119 in the same month in 2019 to 374,907. travelers last month.
The other carrier that saw an increase was JetBlue, which saw a 4% increase, from 97,221 passengers in August 2019 to 101,967 in August.
Frontier is also the only airline to report an increase in passenger volume at McCarran through August compared to the first eight months of 2019. Frontier recorded 1.8 million in the first eight months of 2019, but carried 2.3 million passengers this year, good for a 27 percent increase.