It should shock no one that Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport posted its sixteenth—yes, sixteenth—consecutive month of traffic decline in February. Sin City has been battered by both a recession and widespread public rebuke of corporate travel, which makes up a large portion of the city’s tourism dollars. No, the question now isn’t why Las Vegas is struggling, it’s “when will it end?”
Good question. Recent trends suggest it will be a while. US Airways, one of Las Vegas’ major airlines, saw traffic drop 34.5 percent this February compared to last. Southwest experienced a drop as well, but only (and I use that word loosely) 9.3 percent, which may indicate more passengers are choosing the low-cost carrier over its legacy-line rival. Still, even Southwest is struggling in Las Vegas, a sure sign that interest in the city is low.
Which, of course, means great deals for anyone who wants to go. Our resident Deal Detective, Kate Hamman, has covered Vegas deals twice recently (check out her recent articles, 10 Best Las Vegas Deals of the Year and Top Five Las Vegas Reader Questions Answered), and she could probably write about Vegas deals every week if she wanted. So even though this horse has been … well, you know … I’ll say it once more: If Vegas is your thing, this is the time to go.