Las Vegas airport smashes annual passenger record in 2023 at 52.8M travelers

The Las Vegas airport has soared past its previous annual passenger record, with Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) clocking 52.8 million travelers through November 2023. This milestone cements 2023 as the airport’s busiest year to date, outstripping the previous record set in 2022 by 0.2 million passengers, with December 2023 numbers yet to be reported.

“Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) has already broken the previous annual record set in 2022. LAS connects the world to Las Vegas, whether that be for work, vacation, visiting loved ones, or attending a sporting or special event,” stated Rosemary Vasiliadis, the Clark County Director of Aviation.

November alone witnessed a remarkable influx of 4.8 million passengers, propelling the airport beyond the established benchmark. Vasiliadis emphasized LAS’s global connectivity and expressed anticipation for the bustling start to 2024, noting the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and other major conventions, while preparing for Las Vegas’ inaugural hosting of the Super Bowl.

Southwest Airlines emerged as the dominant carrier, ferrying 1.8 million passengers in November and an impressive 19 million throughout the year, more than double the tally of the next-largest carrier. The top five carriers at Reid Airport comprise Southwest, Spirit, Delta, United, and American.

This surge in airport traffic coincides with the remarkable wider Las Vegas tourism economy’s performance. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) revealed a new record for average hotel rates, reaching $249 in November, soaring to $270 on the Strip due to the F1 event’s influence on prices.

Simultaneously, the Strip’s casinos, the backbone of Nevada’s economy, achieved their second-highest win ever, raking in over $820 million. Reflecting the state’s economic buoyancy, Nevada hit its second-highest win of $1.37 billion.