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FORECAST: Fewer Airline Seats to Las Vegas – And Fewer Bargains

September 29, 2008 | Posted in: Airline News,Forecast

Not good news for Las Vegas.

According to Merrill Lynch analysts, “abundant, cheap seat capacity to Las Vegas — a thing of the past”.

Airlines will continue their capacity cuts into next year and watch capacity (seats) drop another 6+ percent this quarter and another 16 percent by the end of December.

Las Vegas cuts are more severe than in other markets because Vegas visitors tend to be “price sensitive leisure travelers and conventioneers/business travelers”.

Bad news, not just for the passengers, but for the people who run the casinos and the hotels and restaurants: as capacity cuts continue, airfare is expected to rise, and Vegas visitors will have less to spend on all the “fun stuff”.

Let me just add, there will always be some bargains – and you can always rely on us to help you find the cheapest airfare.

One Response to “FORECAST: Fewer Airline Seats to Las Vegas – And Fewer Bargains”

  1. You might as well be talking about Hawaii. Same situation. Seats and travelers are down over 20%, which will continue down if nothing changes.

    On a bright light, I did notice (and post on) some softening of fares including SFO to HNL over Thanksgiving week for $500, which is very good.

    Aloha, Jeff

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