Las Vegas McCarran Airport LAS
McCarran International Airport, or LAS, is the main public airport serving the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. The airport is located about five miles South of Downtown Las Vegas. In 2019, the airport processed over 51 million passengers.
Over 30 airlines operate at the McCarran International Airport, including American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, Air Canada, KLM, Virgin, Spirit, Air France and British Airways.
The airport operates flights to over 80 domestic and international destinations worldwide, including North America, Europe, and Asia. The airport is an operating base of Allegiant Air and a crew and maintenance base for Frontier Airlines, Southwest and Spirit Airlines.
Airport Stats & Facts
- LAS is named after the late U.S. Senator Pat McCarran.
- LAS was built in 1942 and opened to airline flights in 1948.
- In 1997, LAS became the first airport in the country to introduce a shared system of ticket counters and gates known as Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE).
- In 2005, LAS started offering free Wifi throughout its passenger terminals.
- In 2012, Terminal 3 started its operations at the LAS. The Terminal, which cost over $2 billion, is one of the largest public projects in Nevada.
- A $51 million project to convert 8 domestic gates into swing gates to receive domestic and international flights was completed at the LAS in June 2017.
- LAS peak hours are between 5am & 11am and between 7pm & 9pm. The busiest days are usually Thursdays and Fridays.
- During peak hours, you should drop-off your passenger at curbsides of the departure terminal. For pickups, If you are using Uber or Lyft, you should use the level 2 of the parking garage of Terminal 1, or the Valet level of the Terminal 3 parking garage.
- According to airport guidelines, you should arrive two hours prior to your domestic flight and three hours prior to your international flight. TSA security wait times could cause delays. To avoid the risk of missing your flight, make sure to reach the airport well before your flight time.
- It’s also helpful to take a look at Las Vegas airport terminal map before leaving for the airport.
Passenger Pick-up and Drop-off
- If you are going to LAS to pick up a passenger, make sure to identify the Terminal where your party would be arriving. If they are arriving at Terminal 1, you should go to the pickup section of Terminal 1 which is located across the pedestrian bridge from baggage claim on Level 1 of the parking garage. If your party is arriving at Terminal 3, the pickup section of this terminal is on Level 1 of the parking garage.
- You cannot park at the pickup sections. If your passenger hasn’t arrived yet, you should use the short-term parking sections located on both terminals. Short-term parking is free at LAS for the first 15 minutes.
- For departures from Terminal 1, go to Level 1 adjacent to ticketing/check-in. For departures from Terminal 3, go to Level 2 adjacent to ticketing/check-In. You should not park your car at the departure curbsides.
- For arriving flights, check out our LAS Arriving Flight status page which shows LAS arrival times, delays, time-to-land and gate info.
- For departing flights, see our LAS Departing Flight status page to check actual and scheduled departure times, flight delays, map tracking and LAS airport gate info.
- You can also book a flight at LAS directly and check the best fares and offers at the airport.
LAS Airport Terminals
McCarran International Airport has 2 terminals, 5 concourses and 110 gates. Both terminals are located in separate buildings, which are not connected to each other. Therefore, before leaving for the airport, you should know your terminal for departure or pickup.
Terminal 1: Terminal 1 has four concourses. Each concourse is connected to a central pre-security area. Ticketing and baggage claim are located on Level 1 of the central area of the Terminal.
Level 2 of Terminal 1 has security checkpoints, retail outlets and a lounge of military service members.
Airlines operating at this terminal include Contour, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, American and Allegiant.
Terminal 3: All international and some domestic flights are processed on this terminal. Terminal 3 has 14 gates. Level 0 of Terminal 3 contains areas for customs and baggage claims.
On Level 2, check-in, security checkpoints, and all gates are located.
Several domestic and international airlines operate from Terminal 3, including KLM, Korean Air, AeroMexico, Virgin, Copa, United, Alaska, JetBlue and Frontier.
- LAS serves about 30 domestic and international airlines, including American Airlines, Air Canada, Copa, Delta, Frontier Airlines, British Airways, JetBlue and Eurowings.
- The airport is a major hub and operating base for Allegiant Air and serves as maintenance and crew base for Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines.
- View the full list of airline served at LAS.
There are numerous parking options available at the airport. These options include:
Both terminals of LAS offer short-term parking. This parking should be used if you want to park your vehicle for three hours or less.
At Terminal 1, short-term parking is on Level 2M or on Level 1 near the passenger pickup area.
You can reach the short-term parking area by following the overhead signs. You can also call the airport help desk at 702.261.5122 for guidance on parking.
At Terminal 3, short-term parking is on Level 1.
Short-term parking at LAS costs $3 per hour for the first three hours. Each additional hour after the three-hour window costs $4. Daily maximum cost for short-term parking is $36.
You can use long-term parking at LAS if you plan to park your car for more than three hours.
On Terminal 1, the long-term parking area is located in the garage adjacent to Terminal 1 on levels 1M, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
On Terminal 3, long-term parking is on levels 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Long-term parking at LAS costs $10 if you park your car for up to 3 hours. Each additional hour after the three-hour window costs $2. Daily maximum rate $18.
Economy parking costs $4 for 0-2 hours. Each additional hour after the first two-hour window costs $2. Daily maximum rate is $12.
On Terminal 3, economy parking is located adjacent to the parking garage which is within walking distance of ticketing/check-In areas.
On Terminal 1, economy parking is located at 576 Kitty Hawk Way, just off of Paradise Road. However, starting April 16, this parking lot is temporarily closed. You can use the Terminal 3 economy parking and take the inter-terminal shuttle to Terminal 1.
Valet parking is a great option if you want to avoid the hassle of finding parking slots.
Valet parking area is located Level 2 of Terminal 1 and on Level V of Terminal 3.
Valet parking at LAS costs $10 for the first hour. For each additional hour, the rate increases by $2. Daily maximum limit is $30.
Cell Phone Waiting Lot
This is the best parking option if you plan to wait for your passenger. Cell phone parking lots at the McCarran International Airport are free.
This parking lot is located near passenger pickup curbs at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
Cell Phone parking operates from 6 A.M. until 1 A.M.
On Terminal 1, public bus operates on Route 108 - Paradise, Route 109 and the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) route. The bus stop is on Level Zero of the Terminal.
On Terminal 3, the bus operates between Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) and Centennial Express (CX) routes. The bus stop is located at the Departures curb on Level 2.
LAS has a special automated people mover system, also known as Tram. The Tram has three separate lines: Green, Blue and Red. The Green Line connects the main terminal to the C Gate Concourse, while the Blue Line connects the main terminal to the D Gate concourse. The Red Line connects the D Gates concourse to Terminal 3.
You can use the free shuttle service to move between the two terminals of LAS. The service operates after every 15-30 minutes.
At Terminal 1, the shuttle stop is located at Level Zero. At Terminal 3, the stop for the shuttle service is at Level Zero in the center of the curb.
Several inter-city shuttle services are available at LAS which you can use to reach famous destinations, including Searchlight, Laughlin, Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Lake Havasu City, St. George, Zion National Park, Cedar City and connections to Salt Lake Express.
You can also use ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft to reach the airport or your destination. Pickup area for Uber or Lyft is one level 2 of the parking garage on Terminal 1.
On Terminal 3, the pick-up section is located on the valet level of the Terminal 3 parking garage.
You can also use Taxis at LAS. On Terminal 1, you can find taxicabs on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1 - 4.
On Terminal 3, the taxicabs section is located outside Level Zero.
Amenities & Services
There are plenty of options at LAS for shopping, dining, entertainment and relaxation. The airport has outlets of nearly all restaurants and fast food chains, including Burger King, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Cinnabon. The airport features:
- Shopping stores, restaurants, coffee shops and bars
- Gaming slot machines
- Free Wi-Fi
- Shoeshine and shoe repair shops
- Smoking areas
- Travel and VIP lounges
- Kids play area
- Art section
- Sleep stations
The McCarran International Airport is owned by Clark County. The operator of the airport is Clark County Department of Aviation.
Address: 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
P.O. Box 11005
Las Vegas, Nevada 89111-1005
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LAS Airport: A Brief History
- LAS was built in 1942 and opened to airline flights in 1948.
- In 2003, LAS introduced Common-Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosks, which allow passengers to check-in and print boarding passes.
- When Terminal 3 was completed in 2012, the Terminal 2 of the airport was closed permanently.
- LAS control tower was closed for several days in 2020 after a controller tested positive for COVID-19.
- On September 8, 2015, a British Airways flight aborted takeoff after the plane’s left engine failed, causing fire. 14 passengers suffered injuries during the evacuation and the runway was closed for several hours.
Las Vegas Airport FAQs
Q. Is Las Vegas Airport the same as LAS?
A. Yes. The airport’s official name is McCarran International Airport, but it is commonly known as LAS or Las Vegas airport.
Q. How far is the McCarran International Airport from downtown Las Vegas?
A. The airport is 5 miles South of Downtown Las Vegas
Q. What airlines have a hub in LAS?
A. The airport is the main hub of Allegiant Air.
Q. Can you sleep in the Las Vegas Airport?
A. Yes. There are plenty of places to sleep in Las Vegas airport. The airport has several spots where you can sleep. On Terminal 1, you can sleep in the hallway next to the Post Office on Floor 2. On Terminal 1 D gates, there are comfortable green couches behind the Starbucks where you can sleep. On Terminal 3, you can sleep on the armless benches near the stairs to the baggage claim area and near Gate E9.
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Q. When is the best time to fly to Las Vegas?
A. In terms of cost, January is typically the cheapest month to fly into the McCarran Airport.
Q. What cities can I fly nonstop from Las Vegas?
A. LAS offers several non-stop destinations. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go!
Q. How many airports are in Las Vegas?
A. LAS is one of the four major airports in Las Vegas. The other three airports are Henderson Executive Airport, North Las Vegas Airport and Jean Airport.
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