Posted December 30, 2008 by Carl Unger
Passenger traffic at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport has declined for 13 consecutive months, including a nearly 15 percent drop in November compared to November 2007. Among the airlines seeing a precipitous falloff in passengers this year is none other than Southwest, far and away the biggest presence at McCarran. US Airways, for its part, took the biggest hit in November, with a whopping 31.4 percent drop in traffic.
So what the heck is going on? Do you really have to ask? It's the economy, man. We've been in a recession for a year already, so naturally people are going to stop spending money to fly to a city designed to take more of it
Of course, with falling demand comes falling prices. Southwest (did I mention it's the numero uno carrier serving Las Vegas?) launched a 50-percent-off sale to Sin City, good through early March. What bad economy?
But seriously, as is the case around the country, falling demand forces airlines to slash prices, which results in deals for folks like you and me. So if Vegas is your thing, now's the time to go. Just stay away from the craps table, okay?
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