Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal Published 8:19 p.m. ET April 23, 2020 CLOSE Casinos throughout Nevada were closed Wednesday, along with other nonessential businesses, following an unprecedented order from Gov. Steve Sisolak. He urged residents to stay home to help curtail the spread of the new coronavirus. (March 18) AP DomesticLAS VEGAS – In the wake of coronavirus, McCarran International Airport recorded a 53% year-to-year decrease in passengers for the month of March.That’s a drop of 2.3 million travelers, according to data McCarran released Thursday.McCarran’s sinking numbers are the result of COVID-19 travel fallout, an unprecedented shutdown that battered the airline industry, forcing companies to ground planes and passengers to stay home.Airlines have already dramatically slashed flights because of the plunge in air travel demand, and more cuts are ahead.Southwest Airlines, the most dominant carrier at McCarran, serviced 1.6 million Las Vegas travelers in March 2019. That number plummeted to 606,650 last month, when the spread of COVID-19 rapidly accelerated across the U.S.Southwest CEO: Airline will be ‘drastically smaller’ if business doesn’t improve soonThe company said it will just operate 2,000 daily flights in May, more than 40% less than normal levels.In early April, McCarran shut down all gates at two concourses – B and E – in response to declined air

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