On June 26, Clark County Department of Aviation released figures demonstrating the growth of McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 3 since the facility opened last year.
The 1.9 million sq ft (176,516m2) expansion has served nearly 10.2 million passengers in its first year, including 3.9 million from airlines based in the D Concourse. These gates are only a tram ride away from ticketing and baggage services, meaning that the terminal has alleviated congestion from Terminal 1 as well as expanding capacity with its 14 gates.
Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation for Clark County, commented: “I am so proud of what we have accomplished with Terminal 3 in its first year. We at McCarran are constantly working to refine our processes in order to provide the best customer service for our passengers today and in the years to come. T3 epitomises that approach.”
The terminal handled 2.95 million international passengers in its inaugural year, showing 6.7% annual growth in international traffic at the entire airport. These passengers bring an estimated non-gaming economic impact of $1.5 billion to the local community. Furthermore, US Customs & Border Protection has processed almost 11% more passengers since T3 opened than it had the previous year and 57% more passengers than were processed locally four years ago.
Since opening, T3 has welcomed new international carriers such as Copa Airlines and InterJet and hosted five new international routes, including British Airways’ London Gatwick service.
Clark County Commissioner and Chair of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Tom Collins said: “International travellers are a key growth market for Las Vegas and Terminal 3 is an integral part of that strategy. Our goal is to increase the percentage of international visitors from 17% to 30% over the next decade.”