Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is already among the top 10 airports in the US with an average of 3 million monthly passengers. According to Michael Boyd, president and CEO of Boyd Group International, traffic at McCarran is expected to grow by 16.8 percent through 2023! LAS will have the 5th largest passenger growth among airports in the US. This announcement was made at the North American Airport Forecast Summit held in Las Vegas earlier this week. The projections are based on population, economic growth, airline trends, and unusual local factors.
The city’s economy is on an upward trend with with overall visitor volume up by 3%, convention attendance up over 17%, and gaming revenue on the strip up over 22%! McCarran has experienced this growth first-hand with a 1.9% passenger increase comparing July 2013 with July 2014, and international traffic increasing by 17% over the same period.
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Salt Lake City International Airport has seen passenger counts on the rise. Comparing the year ending July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, there are 501,980 additional passengers! Certainly Alaska Airlines operating in SLC since April 2013 have helped those numbers climb, but all airlines have seen strong summer traffic!
Alaska Airlines started service to seven new destinations from Salt Lake City and expanded service with a third daily flight to Seattle. Flights began in June to Portland, Boise, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
Plans for Delta include launching seasonal non-stop service from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam May through October, 2015. The route gives customers connecting opportunities to more than 60 international destinations! The airline will start a daily non-stop flight to Mexico City at the end of the year, and will increase its number of daily flights to other popular Mexico destinations like Cancun and Guadalajara.
Las Vegas unveiled the first in a series of celebrations commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles appearance there at a gathering of dignitaries and original concert-goers.
Rossi Ralenkotter, President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, reminisced about the excitement of the two historic 6,000+ “sell out” concerts that were held and the mobs of screaming young women that marked the event. Tickets were a whopping $2, $3, $4 and $5 for the 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. concerts on August 24, 1964.
Helping celebrate were cast members of Cirque du Soleil’s show at the Mirage, Beatles LOVE, and the always present beautiful Vegas showgirls.
With 179 days and counting until Super Bowl XLIX, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton today unveiled a countdown clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which will mark the days, hours, and minutes until the opening kick‐off of the State’s third Super Bowl since 1996! The clock is on a 55″ HD LCD monitor, visible on the :30 second escalator ride from the Passenger Level in Terminal 4 down to Baggage Claim on both the East and West ends of the terminal.
The 49th Super Bowl is estimated to have a $500M economic impact on the state of Arizona and will draw an estimated 90,000 visitors to the Valley of the Sun for the big game. Other events like the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Pro Bowl, and Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, and many more will draw additional visitors to the state in early 2015. Get all the latest news on Super Bowl XLIX from Twitter and Facebook by following the Host Committee @AZSuperBowl #SuperBowl #AZSuperBowl #SB49.