For the first time in more than three years, the passenger count at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas posted consecutive monthly increases.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 2.9 million people who passed through the airport in February marked a 2.4 percent increase from one year ago and followed a 5 percent increase in January.

January’s count was inflated by a calendar fluke that saw a couple of major conventions move one month ahead from their previous slots.

Still, the last time consecutive monthly increases occurred was October 2007, before the recession and US Airways’ decision to dismantle its McCarran hub prompted a major drop in air traffic.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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