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Las Vegas Airport Travel, the casino wins its climb higher in March

Posted on April 27, 2021, 3:41 AM

Last Updated: April 27, 2021, 03:57 AM

Larry Henry

After a year of declining passenger numbers at McCarran International Airport in March, passenger numbers began to drop off the ground. Casino revenues in Las Vegas and the state as a whole also increased in March.

McCarran International Airport
With the Luxor Hotel and Casino in the background, the plane takes off from McCarran International Airport near the Las Vegas Strip. The airport received more passengers in March than in February this year. (Picture: The Living Moon )

In March of this year, more than 2.5 million arriving and departing passengers used McCarran Airport, according to the Clark County Aviation Department.

That figure is roughly 510,000 more than the number of travelers who passed through the airport in March 2020, a 25 percent increase.

The airport is located south of downtown Las Vegas on the eastern side of the Strip near Tropicana, MGM Grand and other major hotel casinos.

Airport travel to and from Las Vegas has dropped by millions of passengers since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. This is considered problematic in a remote desert city that relies on large flocking convent and other tourists. The nearest large metropolitan area, Los Angeles, can be reached in at least four hours by car.

However, with the introduction of vaccination and stimulus control nationwide, tourism has increased in Las Vegas. Every day, more than three million vaccines are given nationwide. Nationwide, 37 percent of adults 18 and over have been fully vaccinated since Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of air flights in March this year rose almost 60 percent from the 1.6 million people who used Las Vegas airport in February.

In another An effort to transport large numbers of people to southern Nevada, a high-speed train from California's Apple Valley to Las Vegas is proposed. The company planning to build the train said that construction would begin before July 1.

Better total gaming revenue

The rise in tourism across the state is also evident in the total casino winnings that the Nevada Gaming Control Board released on Tuesday.

In the United States, casinos won over $ 1 billion in March 2021 with a 73 percent increase in March 2020 for a total of nearly $ 618 million.

For the first time, the state surpassed $ 1 billion as of February 2020, a month before Gov. Steve Sisolak (Germany) ordered the casinos to be closed. The lockout began on March 22 and lasted for 18 weeks.

In Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, the total casino win last month was over $ 893 million with a 63 percent increase over the March 2020 $ 546.5 million win.

The Las Vegas Strip grew 67 percent, from nearly $ 300 million in March 2020 to over 501 million last month. Downtown Las Vegas cost from $ 43 million in March 2020 to $ 71 million a year later with a 63 percent increase.

North Nevada wins growth

Most locations in northern Nevada saw a three-digit percent increase in casino winnings. Reno posted total revenues of $ 59 million in 2021 in March, up from the $ 22 in the previous March, an increase of 164 percent.

Reno is seen as less dependent on air travel than Las Vegas. It also praises other attractions besides casinos, including skiing in the nearby Lake Tahoe and other outdoor activities.

Statewide, the governor allowed the casinos to reopen last year on June 4. Some were opened right away. Over time, others began to work again. Several, including the Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, remain closed.

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