- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The number of passengers flying into and out of Las Vegas grew nearly 6 percent year-over-year in September to 3.7 million travelers mirroring the pace of visitors to the destination.

McCarran International Airport announced Thursday that passenger traffic increased 5 percent in the first nine months of 2015. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority also reported that the number of visitors to the destination rose to 3.5 million.

Hotel occupancy is up 4 percentage points to 89.9 percent and average daily room rate jumped nearly 9 percent to $125.85.

The airport reports its largest carrier Southwest Airlines ferried 4 percent more travelers than a year ago. The airport says traffic from U.S. flights increased 6 percent to 3.3 million passengers and international travel increased 4 percent to 307,998 travelers.

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