McCarran International Airport, sometimes also referred to as Las Vegas Airport (IATA: LAS; ICAO: KLAS; FAA LID: LAS) is the largest international airport, located in Paradise, State of Nevada, serving both domestic and international flights. The airport serves the Las Vegas area, and it is a publicly owned entity. It is part of the Clark County Airport System, which, except for McCarran, owns and operates five other airports. However, McCarran is the largest and one of the busiest airports, not only in the state of Nevada but also in the United States. It is also one of those airports that are designated for both public and military use. It is named after Nevada Senator Pat McCarran.
McCarran International Airport is the eighth busiest airport in total passenger traffic in the United States. According to official data provided by the airport, there are more than 3400 flights per week at McCarran, amounting to 490 flights per day. In 2018 the airport reached its all-time high when it served a total of 49.7 million passengers in 2018. The airport operates flights to more than 150 destinations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
History and economic impact
The construction of McCarran International Airport began in 1942, and within six years, it was already operating its first flight. Currently, there are four runways and two passenger terminals at the airport. Serving one of the major cities of the United States, it is no surprise that 50% of passengers visiting Las Vegas arrive through McCarran. The airport can receive 55 million passengers per year, and the plans are being worked for further expansion. Around 30 different airlines operate out of McCarran. It is an operating base for low-cost American airline Allegiant Air, as well as crew and maintenance base for other airlines. The airport prides itself on excellent customer service and its use of innovative technologies.