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McCarran Airport sees record number of travelers in 2017

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McCarran celebrated the completion of improvements to Terminal 1 to accommodate the growing number of passengers. (Jason Westerhaus/FOX5) McCarran celebrated the completion of improvements to Terminal 1 to accommodate the growing number of passengers. (Jason Westerhaus/FOX5)
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McCarran International Airport said 2017 was its busiest year ever, with 48.5 million travelers passing through.

The previous record was set in 2007, with 47.7 million passengers in its nearly 70-year history. ,” Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, director of
the Clark County Department of Aviation gave a statement on the record numbers. 

McCarran is a nearly $30 billion economic engine and our passenger numbers serve as an indication
of the economic health and well-being of Southern Nevada." “It's always exciting to see record numbers, but I feel this
one is rather special for our entire community. We have been cautiously optimistic for many years as
our local and national economies have rebounded, and we have worked closely with our federal
partners to seamlessly accommodate that growth. This new record is a clear sign of recovery, and it
shows that the appeal of Las Vegas remains strong.

McCarran added direct flights from Munich by new carrier Eurowings; nonstop from Mexico City by Viva Aerobus in 2017; and announced new seasonal service by LATAM Airlines starting in June 2018. The Sao Paulo route will be the first scheduled nonstop flight to Las Vegas from Brazil, McCarran said. 

In addition, the airport celebrated the completion of infrastructure improvements to terminal one. It was part of a $300 million renovation project that included new floors, updated bathrooms and ticketing, as well as brighter lighting, contemporary wall coverings and new check-in counters. 

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