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T3 Takes Off: The Opening of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport

T3 Takes Off: The Opening of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport

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The opening of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport is generating national buzz, from the sophistication of its technology to the aesthetics of the original art installations adorning different points of the terminal. We asked Randall Walker, Director of the Clark County Department of Aviation, about what the opening of Terminal 3 means for the future of Las Vegas.
The opening of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport is generating national buzz, from the sophistication of its technology to the aesthetics of the original art installations adorning different points of the terminal. We asked Randall Walker, Director of the Clark County Department of Aviation, about what the opening of Terminal 3 means for the future of Las Vegas.

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Technology will also be a huge componentat T3. The check-in areas include kiosksthat allow people to print and afx their ownbaggage tags, which trials have shownimproves the efciency o the baggagecheck process. At the gates, passengerswill be able to use sel-boarding devices,which read your boarding passes and openup similar to the modern turnstiles one wouldfnd at a subway or train station. On theoutside, aircrat will enjoy a new automateddocking eature called Saedock, whichuses a high-perormance laser range fnderand LED display to guide pilots to within 10centimeters o their aircrat’s stop position,regardless o the weather, time o day or sizeo the aircrat.
Terminal 3 is the rst airport acilityto open in the post-9/11 era. What aresome o the challenges and advancedsecurity eatures in the expansion?
In many ways, designing a new terminal inthe post-9/11 era made things easier, sincewe had a better understanding o what theTransportation Security Administration’sregulations and expectations were rom themoment we frst put pen to paper.Some o the things travelers may noticeinclude bollards on the sidewalks outsidealong the curbs, which were installed toprevent vehicles rom driving too close tothe building. There are also more than1,000 surveillance cameras within themain building and garage, which helpimprove saety and security. Also, the T3 security checkpoints were builtto be much larger than any checkpoints romthe pre-9/11 era. Today we obviously knowmore about how the screening processeshave evolved, what steps we can take tomaximize passenger ow prior to thosecheckpoints, and so on. I anything, we wanttravelers to notice the improved efciency.
What does Terminal 3 mean or theLas Vegas business community andthe local economy?
For decades, it seemed as though growingvisitor volume was constantly challengingthe airport’s inrastructure. McCarran wasexpanded in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s,but our planners were soon ater pressed toreaddress the next challenge as more peopleand airlines expressed a desire to y to LasVegas, and we had to come up with newways to squeeze everyone in.T3 will add 14 aircrat gates, including sevenequipped to handle direct internationalarrivals, a market that has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years. It can alsosupport the check-in, security screening andbaggage claim needs o up to 26gates at McCarran’s D Concourse, located just a 45-second tram ride away. The abilityto split D gates’ trafc between two terminalswill greatly relieve peak period congestion. Tohe opening o Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport is generating national buzz, rom the sophistication o its technologyto the aesthetics o the original art installations adorning dierent points o the terminal. We asked Randall Walker, Director othe Clark County Department o Aviation, about what the opening o Terminal 3 means or the uture o Las Vegas.
What are some o Terminal 3’s eatures and amenities that will keep us at the oreront o travel and tourism?
 At 1.9 million square eet, it oers added space. Most people probably don’t realize the airport’s existing inrastructure was only designedto process up to 40 million passengers per year. With some creativity we were able to handle almost 48 million passengers in our busiestyear in 2007, but we could not go on like that orever. The extra space at T3 is something we believe people will notice right away.
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increase efciency and reduce waitingtimes, travelers at Terminal 3 will alsoenjoy some o the airline industry’slatest technologies.We also have added a lot o comort amenities,including new stores and restaurants, andhave continued our longstanding practice ooering ree wireless Internet service, withplenty o additional places to recharge yourcell phone or hand-held device. All o theseimproved measures will support added growthwithin Southern Nevada’s tourism industry.
Travel and Leisure 
magazinereaders recently named McCarranthe number seven-rated airportoverall, including having the bestlocation among airports surveyed.What does this mean or Terminal 3and McCarran’s uture?
It’s always nice to receive credit romoutside parties, whether it is the recent
Travel and Leisure 
ranking or J.D. Powerand Associates, which selected McCarran asthe top airport in North America a ew yearsago. In reality, our more than 1,400 employeesunderstand that McCarran provides the frstand last impression o Las Vegas or millions otravelers each year. We take that responsibilityseriously because we recognize that mosttravelers choose to visit Las Vegas rather thancome here because they have to. The lastthing we want is or someone to choose totake their next trip elsewhere because theyhad a bad experience at McCarran.
How will the new GPS-based air traccontrol system expand the capacityo the airport? What does it mean orSouthern Nevada?
McCarran is uniquely positioned toreceive benefts rom the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation AirTransportation System, or “NextGen.” Itsprimary efciencies are expected to resultin greater predictability o ight paths, andimproved ability or FAA air trafc controllersto have more planes in the air saely atany given time.McCarran is one o the frst airports in thenation to implement new NextGen instrumentapproach procedures called Area Navigation(RNAV), Standard Instrument Departures (SIDS)and Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARS).In essence, they reer to procedures that willallow arriving or departing aircrat to ollowmore efcient and environmentally riendlyight paths to and rom the airport. In turn,that will result in less noise over noise-sensitive areas, and reduced carbon emissionsthanks to aircrat gaining the ability to burnless uel while in ight.The modernization aorded by NextGen willgreatly improve efciency or air travel to LasVegas, and we are hopeul that NextGen mayhelp reduce delays, as well.The bottom line is simple: at some point, theairline industry will recover, and the systematicdelays and congestion that were commonplacea ew years ago will again become the normunless the ederal government takes action toimprove the nation’s air trafc control systems.NextGen is the way to address that problem,hopeully in the short-term uture.
How do you view the airport in terms ovisitor experience? How does the newterminal actor into showcasing LasVegas as an ideal business location to themillions o people that travel through it?
Terminal 3’s appearance will demonstrateto travelers that this is a community that iscommitted to its number one industry, andremains willing to invest in acilities that providethe inrastructure necessary or Las Vegas toremain one o the world’s most popular traveldestinations or decades to come.
As Las Vegas works to attract andexpand businesses, how does the airportt into an economic diversicationstrategy and what advantages doesMcCarran bring in making Las Vegas acompetitive place to do business?
The airport is just one component o anyregion’s economic diversifcation strategy,but I am confdent McCarran is a strongselling point or those engaged in sucheorts here locally.Business travelers here have access to anairport that sees nearly 500 departures eachday, with nonstop service to any o 139airports around the world. There are not many
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