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McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

December 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS, ICAO: KLAS, FAA LID: LAS) is the principal commercial airport serving Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada. The airport is located five miles (8 km) south of the central business district of Las Vegas, in the unincorporated town of Paradise. It covers an area of 2,800 acres (11 km²) and has four runways. McCarran is owned by Clark County and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation (DOA). It serves as a hub for US Airways, and a focus city for AirTran Airways, Allegiant Air, and Southwest Airlines; McCarran is also the largest operation base for both Allegiant and Southwest.

In 2006, McCarran ranked eleventh in the world and sixth in the United States for passenger traffic, with 46,194,882 passengers passing through the terminal. The airport ranked fifth in the world and United States for aircraft movements (up from seventh in 2005), with 605,046 takeoffs and landings.

McCarran and the DOA are completely self-sufficient enterprises, requiring no money from the County's general fund.

As of December 2007, Southwest Airlines operated more flights out of McCarran than at any other airport. Southwest also carries the most passengers in and out of McCarran. Southwest currently operates out of 21 gates, primarily in Concourse C, at McCarran. The US Airways night-flight hub operation, established in 1986 by predecessor America West Airlines, makes the carrier McCarran's second busiest airline.

McCarran Airport is somewhat unusual in that it has more than 1,300 slot machines throughout the airport terminals. Reno/Tahoe International Airport also has gambling machines both airside and landside.

Maximum capacity for the airport is estimated at 53 million passengers and 625,000 aircraft movements. As McCarran is predicted to reach this capacity around 2017, Ivanpah Airport is planned as a relief airport.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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