Record number of taxis loaded at Las Vegas airport

Cabs wait in line to pick up passengers coming into McCarran Airport Monday, November 8, 2010.

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The arrival of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show this week helped shatter a year-old record for the most taxis loaded in a single day at McCarran International Airport.

Airport officials said that on Monday, 17,084 taxis were loaded at Terminals 1 and 3. The previous record was 14,495 on Jan. 5, 2011, also during CES.

During the peak of arrivals on Monday, customers waited 30 minutes to board a cab, officials said.

Officials speculate the increase could be attributed to more airport arrivals and a larger loading area at Terminal 3, which opened in June. Shorter wait times for taxis also contributed, because fewer people gave up waiting for a cab for other transportation options, officials said.

McCarran officials also said that for 2012, 3.3 million customers boarded cabs at the airport, 2 percent more than in 2011 and also a record.

There are 16 cab companies that serve Clark County, but some are not authorized to pick up passengers at the airport.

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  1. A record number of long haulers.