McCarran T3 Final Phase Opens

The Clark County Department of Aviation will today (August 22) complete the third and final phase of its Terminal 3 opening at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, when United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines move their ticketing and baggage claim services into the 1.9 million sq ft (176,516m2) facility.
Since opening on June 27, T3 has served carriers that operate exclusively from one or more of its 14 ‘E Gates’.  However, the facility was also designed to serve the ticketing, security and baggage claim needs of up to 26 gates at the McCarran’s nearby D Concourse.
United and Hawaiian will be the first carriers to utilise the terminal in this way.  After checking in and clearing security at T3, their passengers will take a 45-second tram ride to the ‘D Gates’ before boarding the aircraft.  Arriving passengers will take the tram to T3 to claim their baggage and find ground transportation.
Randall H Walker, Director of Aviation for Clark County, Nevada, commented:  “For more than 14 years, every D Concourse passenger has travelled to and from their gate by way of an automated tram system that begins and ends its journey at Terminal 1.
“T3 now allows us to split the existing and future D gates’ traffic pool between two terminals.  This will ease peak period congestion along McCarran’s roadways and within its garages, ticketing lobbies, security checkpoints and baggage claim areas.”  (Image:  LAS)