Las Vegas Airport Shatters Monthly Passenger Record

Posted on: November 29, 2023, 02:28h. 

Last updated on: November 29, 2023, 08:15h.

More passengers used Las Vegas’ main airport in October than in any month in history. Harry Reid International reported nearly 5.5M flyers arriving or departing from Sin City last month.

Travelers enter Harry Reid International’s Terminal 1 last year. The airport set a new monthly passenger record last month. (Image: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

That breaks the previous record of 5.2M passengers, set in October 2022, by 10% and bests this year’s record airport visitation of 5 million, set in May.

Nearly all of those numbers were produced domestically, with Southwest Airlines leading the carrier pack by transporting 1.9 million travelers in and out of Harry Reid.

International travel was much smaller — 315,147 October flyers — though it was the biggest monthly international number ever and a nearly 30% increase over October 2022.

“As 2023 passenger volume continues to outpace 2022’s levels, we are seeing the impact of our community’s growth and its evolution into the sports and entertainment capital of the world,” said Clark County Director of Aviation, Rosemary Vassiliadis in a statement.

Not a Record Destined to Stand

October’s monthly record is expected to stand for exactly 30 days — until Harry Reid releases its numbers for November.

Though normally a slow month, the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix drew more than 105K spectators to the Strip from November 15-18, the overwhelming majority of whom are thought to have flown in from Europe.