1.9 million square eet$2.4 billion cost14 additional gates15 baggage carousels100% common use32 curbsidecheck-in positions1,000 cameras1,150 LCD and LED dynamic signage203 sel-service kiosks130 check-in positionsin ticketing lobby1,800 workers employedduring the peak o construction(December 2009)6,000 spaces in the parking garage10,000 square ootduty-ree shop
increase efciency and reduce waitingtimes, travelers at Terminal 3 will alsoenjoy some o the airline industry’slatest technologies.We also have added a lot o comort amenities,including new stores and restaurants, andhave continued our longstanding practice ooering 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.
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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
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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 otravelers 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 traccontrol 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 efciencies are expected to resultin greater predictability o ight paths, andimproved ability or FAA air trafc controllersto have more planes in the air saely 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 reer to procedures that willallow arriving or departing aircrat to ollowmore efcient and environmentally riendlyight paths to and rom the airport. In turn,that will result in less noise over noise-sensitive areas, and reduced carbon emissionsthanks to aircrat gaining the ability to burnless uel while in ight.The modernization aorded by NextGen willgreatly improve efciency or air travel to LasVegas, and we are hopeul 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 trafc control systems.NextGen is the way to address that problem,hopeully in the short-term uture.
How do you view the airport in terms ovisitor 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 inrastructure 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 airportt into an economic diversicationstrategy 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 sucheorts 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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