(Las Vegas, NV) —  McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is reporting a slight increase in passenger traffic in August compared with a year earlier.

Airport data released Friday tallied a little more than 3.6 million passengers for the month. That’s up 0.3 percent from August 2011.  And as spokesman Chris Jones told KXNT, September is traditionally a high-volme month.

“September tends to be when convention business starts to pick up after a summer lull.”

Jones added that even though the airport continues to see an increase in passengers, the formula is simple.

“Success or failure of the passenger number resides with the airlines themselves.”

Year-to-date, the number of arriving and departing passengers topped 28 million for the first eight months of the year. That’s up 1.4 percent.

McCarran is the seventh-busiest airport nationally and 20th worldwide by passenger volume.

International passenger traffic jumped more than 9 percent the second full month after the airport opened a $2.4 billion third airport terminal to handle overseas and some domestic airlines.

Airport spokesman Chris Jones notes three new international carriers — TUI ArkeFly, airberlin and Copa — began flying to Las Vegas this year.


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