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McCarran projected to be one of nation's fastest-growing airports

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. - A prominent aviation expert says McCarran International Airport “LAS” redirects here. For other uses, see LAS (disambiguation).
McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS, ICAO: KLAS, FAA LID: LAS) is the principal commercial airport serving Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, Nevada.
 over the next five years will be the eighth-fastest growing among the top 150 airports in the country.

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 concluded its 16th annual aviation forecast summit last week, said McCarran should see 8.8 percent growth in the number of boardings by 2016. The forecast percentage growth would outpace the national average of 6 percent growth.

Boyd is projecting the boarding of 20.5 million passengers at McCarran in 2011 and 22.3 million in 2016.

The fastest-growing airport in the five-year forecast is Dallas' Love Field, the home airport of Southwest Airlines This article is about the American airline. For the former Japanese airline, see Japan Transocean Air. For the British airline, see Air Southwest.
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Southwest is expected to have a significant boost in traffic at Love Field in 2014 when the Wright Amendment, which restricts nonstop flights from all but seven states on planes with more than 56 seats, expires. When the restrictions are lifted, Southwest is expected to add several nonstop routes to and from the Dallas airport, and Boyd is projecting a 15.1 percent increase in boardings.

Other fast-growing airports ahead of Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  include Boston's Logan International (projected growth of 14.2 percent), New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded  (12.8 percent), Charlotte, N.C. (11.3 percent), Dallas-Fort Worth International (10.8 percent), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA, ICAO: KDCA, FAA LID: DCA) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) south of the central business district of Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia, United States.  (10.5 percent) and Charleston, S.C. (9.1 percent).

The other two in the top 10 are Seattle-Tacoma International and Durham, N.C., each with 8.6 percent growth projected.

Boyd said airline strategies are a key component to how airports grow. He noted US Airways' massive pullback of flights at McCarran in 2008-09 as an example of how an airline's financial strategy could affect an airport's growth.

"More than ever before, growth is being driven by the dynamic of the airplane and the dynamic of the airline," Boyd said.

Elements that are expected to be components of McCarran's growth over the next five years are strategies to attract international travel, including flights to and from Canada, Mexico and Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. , the steady slow growth of Southwest and continued expansion by Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air Allegiant Air is an American low fare airline, owned by Allegiant Travel Co. (NASDAQ: ALGT), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The airline operates scheduled and charter flights from focus cities at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport, Orlando Sanford .

Boyd said his projections were based on analysis of all 150 airports, airline service trends, economic forecasts and schedule and capacity shifts. Some projections could be skewed by Allegiant, which he said doesn't operate like a traditional air carrier.

He also said he doesn't expect Southwest's entry into the Atlanta market to create a major market shift since the company acquired a low-cost carrier already operating there, AirTran.

In other presentations in the second day of the Boyd conference:

¥ Doug Parker

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 of US Airways, offered a report card on the status of the airline industry and said he was bullish on its future. He said industry problems on fragmentation, labor relations and management focus have improved, but government policy issues are still problematic for airlines.

He said labor relations have improved because union leaders have bought into the idea that for employees to make more money, companies must achieve profitability. Management's move to achieve profitability instead of focusing on market share is succeeding, he said. He used US Airways' reduction in operations in Pittsburgh and Las Vegas as examples of implementing its financial strategy.

¥ Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, presented a video from a Sao Paulo, Brazil, morning show that illustrated the anger and frustration potential Brazilian visitors to the United States have with waits of as long as four months for a three-minute interview for a U.S. travel visa.

¥ Delta Air Lines made a case for the implementation of a national airline policy. Delta's Holden Shannon, senior vice president of corporate strategy, said such a policy could address tax issues, curb speculation in the fuel derivatives markets, ensure the successful implementation of next-generation navigation technology and ramp up Ramp Up

To increase a company's operations in anticipation of increased demand.

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A company might 'ramp up' operations if they just signed a contract creating substantially more demand for their product.
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 a global entry program for foreign travelers.

¥ A panel of pilot union leaders said the industry needs to be on alert for a potential problem in future years - a shortage of well-trained airline pilots. Dave Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association, and Carl Kuwitzky, president of the of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations, said forced retirements and a shallower pool of experienced pilots could become an industry problem if the industry continues to grow.

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