Las Vegas Airport Opens Terminal 3 Expansion

Addition gives McCarran International Airport 14 new gates, added capacity By: Janeen Christoff
Terminal 3 opened on June 27. // © 2012 McCarran International Airport
Terminal 3 opened on June 27. // © 2012 McCarran International Airport

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McCarran International Airport

The Clark County Department of Aviation opened the McCarran International Airport’s new Terminal 3 (T3), a technologically advanced, 1.9 million-square-foot expansion that will improve the travel experience for the more than 40 million passengers who fly through the airport annually.

T3 is the first unit terminal to be constructed in the U.S. in the post-9/11 era. It includes 14 gates, seven of which can be used for international arrivals; an expansive ticketing lobby; space for two Transportation Security Administration checkpoints with up to 31 lanes; an eight-story garage with room for nearly 6,000 vehicles; more than a dozen stores and restaurants; and an automated tram system that enables T3 to handle the check-in, security and baggage claim needs of up to 26 gates at McCarran’s nearby D Concourse. Coupled with the airport’s existing infrastructure, T3 increases McCarran’s annual capacity to approximately 53 million passengers -- its historic peak was nearly 48 million passengers in 2007.

“After years of planning and construction, it was amazing to see the first passengers and aircraft arrive here on Terminal 3’s first day of operations,” said Clark County director of aviation Randall H. Walker. “McCarran provides the first and last impressions of Las Vegas to tens of millions of travelers each year and, with T3, we are now well poised to serve those passengers’ needs for years to come.” 

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