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Las Vegas International Airport - A Visitor’s Guide to Las Vegas International Airport

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Las Vegas International Airport, also known as McCarran International Airport, is located less than a mile south of the famous Las Vegas Strip and about five miles from downtown Las Vegas. The airport is the largest in Nevada with four runways, and serves the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson in Clark County and surrounding regions of southern Nevada. It consistently ranks in the top twenty of the busiest airports in the world based on the total number of passengers.

More than thirty domestic and international airlines offer a full schedule of flights to and from Las Vegas International Airport. Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air both use Las Vegas International as a focus city, and Southwest has the largest number of flights per day of all airlines. There are two public terminals for passenger traffic; other terminals handle cargo, sightseeing and private flights. Terminal 1 is used for all domestic flights, except those of Hawaiian Airlines. Terminal 2 provides service for charter, international and Hawaiian Airline flights.

The main ticketing and baggage claim areas in Terminal 1 are connected to four concourses through a large lobby area called the Esplanade. The boarding gates are located on the concourses, which are designated A, B, C and D. Concourses A and B are connected directly to the Esplanade. Passengers boarding flights on Concourses C and D must use the Automated People Movers, or trains, to get to their concourse. Terminal 2 only has one concourse of gates easily accessible on foot.

Shopping, restaurants and other services are abundantly available in both terminals. Hungry travelers can patronize familiar names such as Starbucks, Burger King, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, and Chili’s among others. Over 1200 slot machines wait for gamblers to try their luck. Visitors needing a souvenir have a variety of shopping choices from candies at local favorite Ethel’s Chocolates to books at Borders, and Las Vegas hotels offer their hotel branded merchandise in gift shops in the Esplanade area of Terminal 1. Newsstands, duty free shops and bars are situated throughout both terminals for travelers’ convenience. There is no smoking permitted in any indoor area of Las Vegas International Airport, per Nevada state law.

Many other services are available throughout Las Vegas International Airport, such as currency exchange, free WI-FI, mail drop boxes, lockers, and ATMs. Skycaps and luggage carts are available for passengers needing assistance with their luggage. Wheelchairs and other special needs assistance are provided at the airport.

Ground transportation for travelers arriving at Terminal 1 is located on both sides of the baggage claim area. A taxicab stand is located on the east side. Although lines may be long at busy times, passengers are loaded into cabs quickly and efficiently by attendants on site. Shuttle buses and limousine services are available on the west side of the baggage claim area. Car rental is not available on site at the Las Vegas International Airport. Passengers must catch a shuttle bus to the airport car rental center; shuttle buses leave the baggage claim area every five minutes. All major car rental companies have fleets of cars available for rent.

At Terminal 2, all ground transportation departs from the east side of the baggage claim area. Taxicabs, shuttle buses and limousines are all available. For international passengers connecting through Las Vegas International Airport to domestic flights, a free shuttle bus connecting Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 operates every 12 to 15 minutes throughout the day. The bus stop for Terminal 2 is located in front of the entrance to the ticketing lobby, and for Terminal 1, passengers will find the shuttle bus on the west side of the baggage claim area.

The busiest times at the Las Vegas International Airport are on Fridays and Sundays. Passengers departing on these days are advised to allow extra time to check in for their flight; 45 minutes is recommended as a minimum.

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