McCarran drops 2 notches in world passenger rank |

McCarran drops 2 notches in world passenger rank

LAS VEGAS (AP) – McCarran International Airport dropped two notches last year in a ranking of the world’s busiest airports by passenger volume.

But the Las Vegas airport remained seventh on the list of U.S. airports ranked by passenger traffic in 2009.

Rankings released Wednesday by the Airports Council International in Geneva dropped McCarran from 15th to 17th in passenger traffic among world airports. McCarran’s 40.5 million passengers in 2009 was 8.2 percent fewer than in 2008.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport remained the busiest passenger airport in the world, handling almost 88 million passengers.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport dropped from second to fourth, behind London and Beijing.

The six other busiest passenger airports in the U.S. were in Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and New York.

Airports in Houston, Phoenix and San Francisco round out the top 10.