McCarran International Airport

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McCarran International Airport
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WMO: 72386
Airport type Public
Owner Clark County
Operator Clark County Department of Aviation
Serves Las Vegas, Nevada,Henderson, Nevada, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Location Paradise, Nevada
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 2,181 ft / 665 m
Coordinates 36°04′48″N 115°09′08″W / 36.08000°N 115.15222°W / 36.08000; -115.15222Coordinates: 36°04′48″N 115°09′08″W / 36.08000°N 115.15222°W / 36.08000; -115.15222
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
LAS is located in Downtown Las Vegas
Location in Las Vegas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1L/19R 8,988 2,740 Concrete
1R/19L 9,771 2,978 Concrete
7L/25R 14,512 4,423 Asphalt
7R/25L 10,525 3,208 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft operations 527,739
Passengers 42,869,517
Based aircraft 130
Sources: ACI[1] and FAA[2]

McCarran International Airport (IATA: LASICAO: KLASFAA LID: LAS) is the main commercial airport for the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County, Nevada, United States. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of downtown Las Vegas, in the unincorporated area of Paradise in Clark County. It covers roughly 2,800 acres (1,100 ha), with four runways and two terminals. McCarran is owned by Clark County and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation (DOA).[2] The airport is named after former Nevada senator Pat McCarran (1876–1954).[3]

The airport is a focus city and the largest operating base for Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines. In February 2012, McCarran also became a crew and maintenance base for Spirit Airlines.[4]

McCarran is the 24th busiest airport by passenger traffic in the world, with 41,856,787 passengers passing through the airport in 2013.[1] In terms of aircraft movements, the airport ranks 8th in the world with 527,739 takeoffs and landings.[5]

Between April 2014 and March 2015, the busiest scheduled airlines flying out of McCarran were Southwest Airlines (44%), United Airlines (9%), Delta Air Lines (9%), American Airlines (7%), and Spirit Airlines (6%).[6] Canadian airline WestJet is McCarran’s largest international carrier, transporting over 1 million passengers in 2013 and connecting Las Vegas with 11 cities in Canada.[7]


Early years[edit]

Senator Pat McCarran handing mail bag to Pony Express rider at dedication ceremony

In the beginning, Rockwell Field was the airport serving Las Vegas. Western Air Express Airlines brought scheduled flights to the airport in 1926.[3] Rockwell Field closed in 1930 and was replaced by a new airport northwest of town, later named McCarran Airport. The United States Army Air Corps, who had been surveying the Las Vegas area since the 1930s, became interested in the new airport. During World War II, they established a gunnery training school there, which closed at the end of the war.[3] However, the Air Force wanted to reopen the base in 1947, provided commercial air traffic was transferred to a different airport. (The reopened base would become Nellis AFB.) County officials selected Alamo Field as the new commercial airport.[3] American aviator George Crockett, who established the field in 1942, agreed to sell Alamo Field to Clark County. On December 19, 1948, the airport was renamed McCarran Field after then senator Pat McCarran, a longtime Nevada politician who authored the Civil Aeronautics Act and played a major role in developing aviation nationwide.[3]

In its first full year McCarran Field was used by more than 35,000 passengers. Traffic increased as Las Vegas’ casino/resort industry expanded during the 1950s; 959,603 passengers passed through the airport in 1959.[3] The April 1949 Official Airline Guide shows 12 departures a day; 33 weekday departures in April 1957 and 41 in May 1959. Nonstops to Chicago started about 1954 and to New York in 1963; jet flights (United 720s) began in Aug-Sept 1960.

The increase in air traffic necessitated a new terminal, which opened on Paradise Rd on March 15, 1963.[3][8] The terminal, designed by Welton Becket and Associates and John Replogle, was inspired by the TWA terminal at JFK.[8] Four years after the airport was officially renamed McCarran International Airport, the A and B gates were constructed to meet the constant need for growth.[3]

In 1978 Senator Howard Cannon pushed the Airline Deregulation Act through Congress. Airlines no longer had to obtain the federal government's permission to fly to a city, but instead dealt directly with airports. After deregulation, the number of airlines at McCarran doubled from seven to fourteen.[3]

An expansion plan, McCarran 2000, was adopted in 1978 and funded by a $300 million bond issue in 1982. The three-phase plan included a new central terminal; a nine-level parking facility; runway additions and expansions; additional gates; upgraded passenger assistance facilities; and a new tunnel and revamped roadways to the airport. The first phase of McCarran 2000 opened in 1985 and was completed by 1987, with the opening of the C-Gates satellite concourse.[3]

A second terminal opened in 1986, but did not have much use until 1991. It had eight gates and served all charter and international airlines at McCarran.[9]

Development since the 1990s[edit]

In June 2000 Virgin Atlantic began the first nonstop flights from Las Vegas to the United Kingdom.[10]

In 1997 McCarran became the first U.S. airport to implement Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE). This common set of computer hardware eliminates the need for each airline to have their own equipment, and it allows the airport to reassign gates and counters without having to address individual airlines' computer systems. McCarran is also among the only major airports in the United States that entirely uses CUTE.[11][12]

In 1998 the D-Gate concourse's southeast and southwest wings opened, adding 28 gates. They were designed by Leo A Daly and Tate & Snyder.[13] The D Gates project is a modification to the original McCarran 2000 plan.

On October 16, 2003 the airport installed SpeedCheck kiosks which allow customers to obtain a boarding pass without having to go to a specific airline kiosk or counter. McCarran was the first airport in the US to provide this service and the first in the world to provide the service to all airlines from a single kiosk.[14][15][16] At the same time, six kiosks were activated at the Las Vegas Convention Center allowing convention attendees to get boarding passes on their way to the airport.[14] This system was enhanced to add printing of baggage tags in 2005.

In 2003 the airport announced it was implementing a baggage-tracking system that will use Radio-frequency identification (RFID) bag tags from Matrics Inc. to improve air safety. The decision to implement the tracking system makes McCarran one of the first airports to use the RFID technology airport-wide.[17]

On January 4, 2005 the airport started offering wireless internet service at no charge. The signal is available in the boarding areas and most other public areas. While not the first airport to offer free WiFi throughout the entire facility,[18] the airport was perhaps the first major airport with free WiFi throughout.[19] At the time, this was the largest (2 million square feet (180,000 m²)) free wireless Internet installation in the world.[20]

The finished Concourse D in 2009, with Terminal 3 under construction in the background.

In 2005, the northeast wing of the D-Gates concourse opened with eleven gates. A 160-foot (49 m) ramp control tower was also added to the concourse.[21]

On April 4, 2007, the consolidated rental car facility opened, which is located 3 miles (5 km) from the terminals (see Transportation section). The distance from the airport (including a segment of US Interstate 215) requires the facility to be permanently linked via bus to the airport.[22]

In 2008, the northwest wing of the D-Gates concourse opened with another nine gates. It cost $179 million to build. With the concourse now completed, there are a total of 44 parking positions at the D-Gates for aircraft.[23]

Due to cost-cutting moves at US Airways as a result of the 2008 night-flight hub closure, the US Airways Club was closed on September 13, 2009, and was subsequently replaced by a USO office.[24] The United Club in Concourse D, which opened earlier that year, replaced a Delta Air Lines Crown Room Club that was previously closed in 2001.

The US Airways night-flight hub operation, established in 1986 by predecessor America West Airlines, made the carrier McCarran's second busiest airline. Due to the 2008 energy crisis, the night-flight hub was closed in September 2008. US Airways closed its crew base on January 31, 2010.[25] On August 31, 2011, US Airways announced that it will keep shrinking its operations by cutting 40% of its flights out of Las Vegas. The airline eliminated nonstop service to Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on November 29, 2011, leaving the airline with only flights from Las Vegas to its hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and its focus city at Washington Reagan National Airport.[26] Due to the merger with American Airlines, flights to Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth were eventually restored.

Latest developments[edit]

International traffic increased significantly during the 2000s. Between 2003 and 2011, McCarran experienced a 92.4% increase in the number of foreign passengers it received.[27] New international routes, including British Airways to London and Edelweiss Air to Zürich, have helped bring these passengers to the airport.

Terminal 3 was constructed at a cost of $2.4 billion to accommodate the greater number of international passengers and airlines. The terminal consists of 14 gates, 7 of which are used for domestic flights and the other 7 for international flights. It opened on June 27, 2012, replacing the old international terminal, Terminal 2. The latter terminal closed the previous day and will eventually be demolished.[28][29]

In August 2015 the airport announced plans to convert 7 gates in Concourse D to international gates, connected by tram to Customs in Terminal 3. Construction of the underground tram link will cost $51 million, beginning in November and ending in early 2017.[30]


Terminal 1[edit]

Baggage claim in Terminal 1
Inside Concourse A.

Terminal 1, which initially opened in 1963, contains a total of 51 gates in three concourses: Concourse A (gates A3, A5, A7, A8, A10–A12, A14, A15, A17–A23). Concourse B (gates B1–B2, B6, B9–B12, B14, B15, B17, B19–B25), Concourse C (gates C1–C5, C7–C9, C11, C12, C14, C16, C19, C21–C25)[31] A people mover system connects Terminal 1 with Concourse C and the satellite Concourse D (opened in 1998) with a centralized check-in and baggage claim area. The airport's first people mover system between Terminal 1 and Concourse C opened in October 1987 with the opening of Concourse C. This was followed by the opening of a new, 12-lane screening checkpoint on September 30, 1998, which took place a few months after the opening of Concourse D.[31] Terminal 1 also house a USO lounge for American service members.[32]

Concourse D[edit]

Concourse D, which opened in three stages between 1998 and 2009, is a satellite terminal with 45 gates (gates D1, D3–D12, D14, D16–D26, D32–D43, D50–D59) that handles flights from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. A people mover system between Terminal 1 and Concourse D opened in June 1998, when the satellite terminal's southeast (gates D1–D12, D14) and southwest (gates D30–D43) wings opened. In 2005, the northeast wing (gates D16–D26) opened, and the concourse was completed in 2009 with the opening of the northwest wing (gates D50–D59). Prior to the opening of Terminal 3, all airlines serving the concourse had ticketing and baggage claim in Terminal 1. When Terminal 3 opened in 2012, a people mover system was opened to link Concourse D to the new terminal. Nowadays, ticket counters and baggage claim operations for airlines operating from Concourse D are split between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Concourse D houses a United Club (which first opened in 1998 as a Crown Room Club operated by Delta and closed in 2001, only to reopen as a United Club eight years later), The Club at LAS, and the Centurion Lounge by American Express.[33][34]

Terminal 3[edit]

Landside corridor of Terminal 3.

Terminal 3 opened on June 27, 2012,[35] and is used for all international flights as well as some domestic airlines. The building includes Concourse E which contains 14 gates (E1–E12, E14–15), with the easternmost seven gates (gates E1–E7) being used for international flights. Gates E1–E3 have two jetways to accommodate large aircraft, while the rest of the terminal's gates accommodate narrow-body aircraft.

The terminal, the largest public works project in Nevada, cost $2.4 billion and was built in one phase. Upon the opening of the terminal, the gates at McCarran totaled 110. Terminal 3 has its own bag claim, ticketing and parking facilities[36] (as with Terminal 2) including a multistory parking garage with 5,954 spaces. The 2,300 feet (700 m) long terminal offers 162 check in locations. It has almost 300 slot machines and four welcome signs inspired by the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.[31] There is also one VIP lounge, The Club at LAS, which is available to all passengers at a fee.[33] The terminal was designed by PGAL Architecture, Robert A. Fielden, Inc., and Welles Puglsey Architect.[37]

In addition to hosting all international carriers, the terminal provides ticketing, baggage claim, and gates for domestic carriers Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines, Virgin America, operating out of Concourse E. Air Canada Rouge, Hawaiian Airlines, and United Airlines use Terminal 3 for ticketing and baggage claim, and continue to use gates in Concourse D.[38]

Former Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2, which softly opened in 1986, officially opened on December 18, 1991, as The Charter International Terminal, and was used for all international as well as most charter flights into Las Vegas. It contained eight gates (T2-1 through T2-8), four of which were equipped with facilities for international flights, and a VIP lounge for full-fare, first class passengers. Terminal 2 closed on June 28, 2012, and will be demolished at a date that has not yet been set.[31]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

McCarran is a focus city for Allegiant Air.
Korean Air operates the only nonstop service from McCarran to Asia.
Volaris and Aeroméxico aircraft at Terminal 3.
Airlines Destinations Terminal-Concourse
Aeroméxico Mexico City, Monterrey 3-E
Air Canada Rouge Calgary, Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver 3-D
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson 3-D
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Anchorage, Bellingham
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Seasonal: Salt Lake City 3-E
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Seasonal: Salt Lake City 3-E
Allegiant Air Appleton, Austin, Belleville/St. Louis (begins November 5, 2015),[39] Bellingham, Billings, Bismarck, Boise, Bozeman, Brownsville, Casper, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Chicago-Rockford, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Des Moines, Eugene, Fargo, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fresno, Grand Forks, Grand Island, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Great Falls, Honolulu, Idaho Falls, Indianapolis, Kalispell, Laredo, Memphis, McAllen (TX), Medford, Minot, Missoula, Monterey, Moline/Quad Cities, Oklahoma City (begins November 5, 2015),[39] Peoria, Phoenix/Mesa, Rapid City, Reno/Tahoe, San Antonio (begins November 6, 2015),[39] Santa Maria (CA), Shreveport, Sioux Falls, Springfield/Branson, South Bend, Stockton, Tri-Cities (WA), Tulsa, Wichita
Seasonal: Montrose (begins December 18, 2015)[39]
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK 1-D
Boutique Air Merced (begins November 1, 2015)[40] TBA
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow 3-E
Condor Frankfurt 3-E
Copa Airlines Panama City 3-E
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Orlando, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Boston, Seattle/Tacoma
Delta Connection Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma[41] 1-D
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich 3-E
Frontier Airlines Austin,[42] Atlanta,[42] Chicago-O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental (begins October 25, 2015),[43] Milwaukee (begins October 25, 2015),[43] Miami (begins October 25, 2015),[43] Orlando-International,[44] San Francisco (begins October 25, 2015),[43] St. Louis,[45] Washington-Dulles 3-D
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu 3-D
Interjet Monterrey, Toluca/Mexico City 3-E
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, New York-JFK, San Francisco[46] 3-E
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon 3-E
Magnicharters Charter: Monterrey 3-E
National Airlines Seasonal: Orlando-Sanford (begins December 27, 2015)[47] TBA
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Copenhagen (begins November 10, 2015),[48] Stockholm-Arlanda (begins October 31, 2015)[48] 3-E
Omni Air International Charter: Honolulu 1-A
Southwest Airlines Akron/Canton (begins November 15, 2015),[49] Albany, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Boise, Buffalo, Burbank, Chicago-Midway, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dallas-Love, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, El Paso, Flint, Fort Lauderdale, Houston-Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County, Orlando-International, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa, Washington-Dulles,[50] Wichita
Seasonal: Manchester (NH), Hartford, Jacksonville (FL), Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Providence
1-B, 1-C
Spirit Airlines Atlanta,[51] Baltimore,[27] Boston,[52] Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston-Intercontinental, Kansas City,[53] Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans (begins November 12, 2015),[54] Oakland, Philadelphia,[27] Pittsburgh/Latrobe (ends November 12, 2015),[55] Portland (OR), San Diego
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul 3-D
Sunwing Airlines Toronto-Pearson[56] 3-E
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Glasgow-International,[57] London-Stansted,[58] Manchester (UK) 3-E
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles 3-D
United Express Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco 3-D
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington-National 1-D
Virgin America Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco
Seasonal: Boston
Virgin Atlantic London-Gatwick
Seasonal: Glasgow-International,[59] Manchester (UK)[60]
VivaAerobús Monterrey 3-E
Volaris Cancún, Guadalajara, Mexico City 3-E
WestJet Abbotsford (begins October 29, 2015),[61] Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal-Trudeau, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Kelowna, Ottawa


In October 2010, a new air cargo center was opened in partnership with Marnell Properties that cost $29 million to build. Located near Terminal 3, the two buildings of the facility contain 200,928 square feet (18,666.8 m2) and sit on 19 acres (7.7 ha) of land. The center’s current tenants are: UPS, US Airways, Airport Terminal Services, Allegiant Air, Worldwide Flight Services, Southwest Airlines, and FedEx.[62][63] In 2013, the airport handled 205,095,310 pounds (93,029,670 kg) of cargo.[64]

Airlines Destinations
Aloha Air Cargo Honolulu
FedEx Express Memphis, Oakland, Reno/Tahoe
UPS Airlines Louisville, Ontario

Other terminal operations[edit]


Domestic destinations served nonstop from McCarran
International destinations (includes seasonal and future)

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Las Vegas (July 2014 – June 2015)[6]
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 Los Angeles, California 1,190,000 American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, United, Virgin America
2 San Francisco, California 946,000 Southwest, United, Virgin America
3 Denver, Colorado 837,000 Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 681,000 American, Spirit
5 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 677,000 Alaska, Delta, Southwest
6 Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) 658,000 Southwest, US Airways
7 Atlanta, Georgia 652,000 Delta, Frontier, Spirit, Southwest
8 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 596,000 American, Frontier, Spirit, United
9 New York City, New York (JFK) 549,000 American, Delta, JetBlue, Virgin America
10 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 506,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country

Top international carriers[edit]

Busiest international carriers from McCarran[7][67]
Rank Airline Passengers (2012) Passengers (2013) Passengers


1 WestJet 975,353 1,019,942 1,104,994 Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal-Trudeau, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg

Seasonal: Kelowna, Ottawa

2 Air Canada 479,318 508,340 631,620 Calgary, Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
3 Virgin Atlantic Airways 275,533 312,544 299,720 London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
4 British Airways 231,569 293,353 292,837 London Gatwick, London-Heathrow
5 Aeromexico 192,185 206,784 272,235 Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey
5 Volaris 235,172 207,601 225,940 Guadalajara, Mexico City
7 Copa Airlines 37,507 93,944 147,581 Panama City
8 Condor 74,010 75,459 74,262 Frankfurt
9 Korean Air 64,111 75,326 70,365 Seoul-Incheon
10 Interjet 2,650 43,023 59,295 Monterrey, Toluca/Mexico City

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Las Vegas McCarran Airport, 1996 thru 2014[69]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2014 42,869,517 2004 41,441,531
2013 41,857,059 2003 36,265,932
2012 41,667,596 2002 35,009,011
2011 41,481,204 2001 35,179,960
2010 39,757,359 2000 36,865,893
2009 40,469,012 1999 33,715,129
2008 44,074,941 1998 30,227,287
2007 47,729,527 1997 30,315,094
2006 46,193,329 1996 30,459,965
2005 44,267,368

Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum[edit]

The Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum is located on the Esplanade, Level 2, above the baggage claim area. The museum concentrates on Las Vegas’ airline history, and contains exhibits such as a copy of the first emergency vehicle that was used on the airfield. A small branch of the museum is located at the D gates, and some of the other concourses and check-in areas also have small displays. The current curator of the museum is Mark Hall-Patton, a 20th-century historian and administrator of the Clark County Museum, who has frequently appeared as an appraisal expert on the reality television series, Pawn Stars.[70][71]

Airport public art[edit]

Wall tiles at the D-Gates tram station

Some of the public art displays in McCarran Airport includes:

  • Murals in McCarran International Airport D Gates (artists include Tom Holder, Mary Warner, Robert Beckmann, Harold Bradford)
  • Greg LeFevre's Flights Paths—in the D Gates rotunda's terrazzo floor
  • Tony Milici's steel and glass sculpture at McCarran's D Gates
  • McCarran's D Gates feature wall tiles of international skylines by sixteen Clark County fourth graders
  • Wildlife sculptures of Clark County wildlife at the D Gates, by David L Phelps[72]

Ground transportation[edit]

McCarran Airport is reached from Tropicana Avenue (State Route 593) to the north or the Las Vegas Beltway (Interstate 215) to the south. Vehicles enter the airport via the McCarran Airport Connector, which includes Paradise Road/Swenson Street and the airport tunnel.

The airport is served by various taxicab firms and by RTC Transit, the public bus service of the Las Vegas valley. RTC Transit services (Route 108, Route 109, Westcliff Airport Express, Centennial Express, indirectly the Strip and Downtown Express) provide transportation from downtown, the Strip, and other locations throughout the valley. Routes 108, 109 stop at Terminal 1 outside the Zero Level, the Centennial Express stops at terminal 3 and the Westcliff Airport Express stops at both. The Strip and Downtown Express goes to the South Strip Transfer Terminal and a short ride on the 109 gets you to the airport.[4] To transport passengers between terminals, a courtesy shuttle service is provided.[73]

A consolidated rental car facility opened in April 2007, located about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the airport. The facility, which sits on 68 acres (28 ha) of land, houses 11 rental car companies with 5,000 parking spaces on multiple levels. A fleet of 40 buses provides free transportation from the terminals to the facility.[22]

For parking, there are multistory parking garages located just off Terminals 1 and 3. There are also economy parking lots for the two terminals, which offer cheaper rates. Complementary shuttles transport passengers between the terminals and economy lots.[74]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On September 8 2015, British Airways Flight 2276, a Boeing 777-236ER, aborted takeoff due to an engine fire in the aircraft's left (#1) GE90 engine. The aircraft was operating from McCarran International Airport to London Gatwick Airport. This incident did not result in any fatalities, with only minor injuries occurring mostly as a result of the evacuation.[75]

Future plans[edit]

In 2007 airport officials estimated the maximum capacity for the airport at 53 million passengers and 625,000 aircraft movements per year. As McCarran was predicted to reach this capacity around 2017, Ivanpah Airport near Primm was planned as a relief airport in the late 1990s.[76] However, due to a downturn in traffic, the passenger count dropped to 39.8 million in 2010. Also, recently the FAA began making progress on the Next Generation Air Transportation System to allow more flights per hour essentially increasing capacity beyond 53 million passengers per year.[77] As of June 2011, the Ivanpah Airport is completing environmental assessments but is officially on hold while the Department of Aviation has asked airport planners to study adding additional gates to the former Terminal 2 site once Terminal 3 opens for additional capacity.[78]

Las Vegas Monorail connection[edit]

A plan to extend the Las Vegas Monorail to McCarran has been under consideration since the mid 2000s. This proposed extension will add underground stations at Terminal 1 and at Terminal 3.[79] The part of the extension north of the airport will be elevated. This expansion is opposed by taxi and limousine services who garner significant revenues shuttling the public to and from the airport.[80]

The monorail extension was not a favoured option in the first draft of the 2015 Transportation Investment Business Plan, which instead recommended a new underground light rail system operating from McCarran to the Strip. Also recommended in the report is a multimodal interchange based at McCarran which would also house a station for a high-speed rail line to Los Angeles.[81][82]

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