McCarran’s New $2.4 Billion Terminal Offers High-End Appeal

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor One of the city’s busiest hot spots will get even more visitors later this month when the $2.4 billion Terminal 3 opens at McCarran International Airport. A recent public preview drew a crowd of 15,000 to take a first look at T3, as the new facility has been nicknamed—6,000 of [...]

One of the city’s busiest hot spots will get even more visitors later this month when the $2.4 billion Terminal 3 opens at McCarran International Airport. A recent public preview drew a crowd of 15,000 to take a first look at T3, as the new facility has been nicknamed—6,000 of them during the first hour alone.

When it opens on June 27, T3 will offer 14 gates that can accommodate more and larger planes than its predecessor, which will close the day after the new terminal’s is placed into service.  The 1.9 million square foot facility will lighten Terminal 1’s load by 23 carriers, with the airlines being moved to T3 in a three-stage operation. American, Delta, US Airways and Southwest will keep their places at Terminal 1, First Coast News reports.

T3 features more spacious customs facilities and jet bridges for simultaneous front and rear boarding for the enhanced comfort of international fliers. Passengers will also added dining and shopping options in its seven restaurants and retail areas. Those faced with a lengthy wait for a flight will be able to relax in the terminal’s express spa. Free Wi-Fi and power outlets throughout the airport will keep travelers connected.

And whether visitors are arriving or departing, they will enjoy a taste of a quintessential Las Vegas experience: T3 offers 300 slot machines for those who wish to try their luck.

Photo courtesy of  allairports.net