Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

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About Las Vegas Airport

The front of Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, or simply Las Vegas Airport, is the main airport in Las Vegas, the busiest airport in Nevada and one of the busiest airports in the whole of the US. 

The airport facilitates airlines that fly domestically within the US and internationally to other destinations in North America, as well as destinations in Europe and East Asia. 

The airport was built in 1942, with the first commercial flight flying from the airport in 1948. The airline has undergone a number of expansions over the year. Most notably, the opening of Terminal 2 in 1963 (now demolished) and the opening of Terminal 3 in 2012, which were both created to handle more international flights at the airport. 

Las Vegan McCarran International is the hub airport is the main hub for Allegiant Air, which is the only commercial airline that uses the airline as an operating base.

 

What is the airport code for Las Vegas Airport?

The airport code for Las Vegas McCarran International is LAS.

Airport Location

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport's location is 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Paradise, Nevada. Depending on traffic, this is an 8–30-minute drive away from the Las Vegas strip and 15–40-minute drive away from Downtown Las Vegas. 

 

Facilities

 

The airport has a variety of facilities and services, with a range of eateries, retailers and other useful airport services.

Facilities Include:

  • Free WIFI
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange
  • Charging stations
  • Smoking areas
  • Aviation museum
  • Airport lounges
  • Car hire
  • Airport Mailers
  • Medical facilities
  • Casino-style gaming
  • Kids area
  • Fitness centre

Lounges Include:

Centurion Lounge

Located at: Terminal 1

  • Free dining
  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • TV screens
  • Conference rooms
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Printers & copiers
  • Children's play area

 

The Club at LAS (Terminal 1)

Located at: Terminal 1

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • Showers
  • WIFI
  • TV Screens
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

The Club at LAS (Terminal 3)

Located at: Terminal 3

  • Free dining
  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

United Club

Located at: Terminal 1

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

USO Lounge (Terminal 1)

Located at: Terminal 1

  • Free dining
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • TV screens

 

USO Lounge (Terminal 3)

Located at: Terminal 3

  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers & magazines

Runways

Aerial view of Las Vegas International McCarran Airport runway

Credit: Ken Lund on Flickr

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has four runways. On the east of the airport are runway 8L/26R (4,423 m x 46 m) and runway 8R/26L (3,208 m x 46 m). On the west side of the are runway 1L/19R (2,740 m x 46 m) and runway 1R/19L (2,978 x 46 m). 

Runway 8L/26R is the biggest and busiest runway in the airport, with more around 33% of the airport's traffic using this runway.

 

Terminals

There are two existing terminals at Las Vegas McCarran International airport. These are named Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Terminal 2 was demolished after Terminal 3 was built and took the majority of its flights. 

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 was built in 1963. It is the airports oldest existing terminal building and replaced the original terminal building. Terminal 1 only handles domestic flights, with airlines such as Allegiant, Contour, Delta and Spirit flying to and from the terminal.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 opened in 2012 and is the airports newest terminal. The terminal was created to take all of the international traffic from the now-demolished Terminal 2. Although the terminal handles all of the airport's international flights, it also handles some domestic flights too. Airlines that operate out of Terminal 3 include Aeromexico, Viva Aerobus, Volaris, Hainan Airlines, Edelweiss, El Al and more.

Airlines that fly to McCarran International Airport

Allegiant Air is the only scheduled commercial airline that is based at Las Vegas Airport.

Take a look at the table below to see a full list of airlines that fly to/from Las Vegas Airport.

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Aeromexico & Aeromexico Connect Mexico
Air Canada Rouge Canada
Alaska Airlines USA
Allegiant Air USA
American Airlines USA
British Airways England
Condor Germany
Contour Airlines USA
Copa Airlines Panama
Delta & Delta Connection USA
Edelweiss Air Switzerland
El Al Israel
Eurowings Germany
Flair Airlines Canada
Frontier Airlines USA
Hainan Airlines China
Hawaiian Airlines USA
Interjet Mexico
JetBlue USA
JetSuiteX USA
KLM Netherlands
Korean Air South Korea
Level Spain
Southwest Airlines USA
Spirit Airlines USA
Sun Country Airlines USA
Swoop Canada
Thomas Cook Airlines UK
United & United Express USA
Virgin Atlantic UAE
VivaAerobus Mexico
Volaris Mexico
WestJet Canada

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Routes

May 2018–April 2019
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Los Angeles, California 1,531,000 Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado 955,000 Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 San Francisco, California 941,000 Alaska, Frontier, Southwest, United
4 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 910,000 Alaska, Delta, Southwest, Spirit
5 Atlanta, Georgia 771,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit

How to get to McCarran International Airport

 

By driving

Rental cars and parking are available at the airport. 

The Rent-A-Car Center is situated at 7135 Gilespie Street and can easily be accessed from interstates 15 and 215 and the Las Vegas strip. There are regular shuttle buses that will take you between the Rent-A-Car Center and terminals 1 and 3.

Short and long term parking is available at both terminals and is open 24/7.

By taxi

You cannot flag down taxis in the street. So, you must pre-order a taxi with a reputable company beforehand. Here is a list of taxi number recommended from Las Vegas McCarran International's official website with link to each individual company's website:

Alternatively, you can arrange for the person(s) in charge of your accommodation to order a taxi for you.

By RTC bus

The RTC public bus system offers two different routes that travel to the airport from popular destinations within Las Vegas.

The Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) route travels to both airport terminals from Downtown Las Vegas, Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The RTC Centennial Express (CX) travels to Terminal 3 of Las Vegas McCarran International from Downtown Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain.

There are free shuttles between the airport terminals that you can use if your bus doesn't stop at the terminal that you're departing from. 

By shuttle bus

Shuttles might be available to the airport from your hotel if you're staying in a Las Vegas strip hotel or a Downtown Las Vegas hotel. These are sometimes free, however, will only leave when full, so it can be unreliable if you're travelling on short time.