On June 27, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, USA, opened its new Terminal 3 (T3). The 1.9 million sq ft (176,516m2) expansion cost US$2.4 billion.
The facility has 14 gates, seven of which can be used for international arrivals; a large check-in area, space for two Transportation Security Administration checkpoints with up to 31 lanes; an eight-storey car park for 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 the nearby D Concourse.
Each check-in area has self-bag-tagging kiosks and each gate has self-check-in equipment to ease the boarding process. Imagery and weather conditions for destinations are displayed by each gate and McCarran has extended its free WiFi offering so that passengers can gain access even while their aircraft is on the ground.
A Virgin Atlantic Airways’ flight from London Gatwick was the first to arrive at the new facility, followed by Copa Airlines’ first ever arrival in Las Vegas from Panama City.
Terminal 3 was financed primarily through airport bonds that will be repaid over time by McCarran’s user fees, including landing fees, rental charges, concessions, parking, advertising and gaming revenue. At the height of construction, T3 employed around 1,800 workers. More than 9.5 million labour hours were devoted to the project during its six-year construction.