Las Vegas McCarran Airport

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Airport Overview

Las Vegas 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 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 McCarran 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.

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Traveling Tips

  • 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.

Flight Status

  • 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.

Airlines Served

  • 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.

Airport Parking

There are numerous parking options available at the airport. These options include:

Short-Term Parking

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.

Long-term Parking

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.

Long-term Parking

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

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.

Ground Transportation

Public Bus

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.

Tram

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.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

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.

Inter-City Shuttle

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.

Ride-hailing Apps

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.

Taxicabs

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
  • Museum
  • Sleep stations

Contact Information

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

Website: https://www.mccarran.com/

Contact: https://mccarran.com/Contact

Phone: 702.261.5100

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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 McCarran Airport Q&A

The airport is 5 miles South of Downtown Las Vegas
Yes. The airport’s official name is McCarran International Airport, but it is commonly known as LAS or Las Vegas airport.
The airport is the main hub of Allegiant Air.
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. Check out some layover ideas to kill time at LAS.
LAS offers several non-stop destinations. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go!
In terms of cost, January is typically the cheapest month to fly into the McCarran Airport.
LAS is one of the four airports in Las Vegas. The other three minor airports are Henderson Executive Airport, North Las Vegas Airport and Jean Airport.

Traveler Help

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What terminal is American Airlines located in LAS?

By Mary Kolesar - Monday, 20 September, 2021, 6:13 PM

Answered By: APB


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From Terminal 1 Long Term parking, what level do we need to user for check in 1, 3. 4, 5, OR 6?

By Frankie - Monday, 20 September, 2021, 10:01 PM

Answered By: LAS Airport Staff


I don't understand. If you are making a connection flight, why would you be going to Long Term parking? It's not too far of a walk from C3 to B19, but its a tight time frame so you should move fast. You can also refer to our website for more maps.

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If I have a 6 hour layover and arriving and departing on southwest do I need to go through security again?

By Helen - Friday, 1 October, 2021, 2:56 AM

Answered By: LAS Airport Staff


No, as long as you don't leave the secure side you do not need to re-enter security. Both flights will be out of the C Concourse.

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How do I pick a passenger up who is flying on Delta at McCarran Airport?

By Elizabeth Stewart - Monday, 4 October, 2021, 9:40 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Delta Airlines uses Terminal 1. You can pick up a passenger on Level 1 at baggage claim area, across from the across the pedestrian bridge of the parking garage. This area is patrolled so you will need to be ready to pick up your passenger. Another option is to use Short Term Parking lot.  

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Need help tracking down a missing cell phone lost Friday night (10/1) possibly on one of the transit buses or at the rental car center. Is there someone I could talk to for help? Doesn't appear to have been turned in at the rental car counter at this time.

By Robert McDonald - Tuesday, 5 October, 2021, 7:28 PM

Answered By: LAS Airport Staff


Just in case someone returned it at the airport, I suggest submitting a lost item report on our website: mccarran.com/lost. Make sure to add as many details as possible.  For items lost in public areas of Rent A Car Center, including the lobby and curbs, call 702.261.6001. For items lost in shuttle buses, call 702.261.6630. And for items left in rental cars or the garage, contact the rental car agency.

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What Carousel number is luggage going to be for JetBlue flight 957 tonight?

By Missy - Wednesday, 6 October, 2021, 1:39 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Luggage Carousel locations are not posted until the flight is on the ground. You will need to check with Jetblue or the big blue boards in the airport after the flight lands.

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Is there still a smoking lounge at Las Vegas Airport?

By Susan - Friday, 8 October, 2021, 11:20 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Smoking is permitted in LAS airport at the enclosed slot-machine lounges (B,  C, D,  and  E  Gates), and also at designated outdoor areas near  ticketing and baggage claim. 

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If we park in the parking ramp and cross the bridge, where do we check our bags? Before we get on the tram or after?

By Karen Leis - Saturday, 9 October, 2021, 1:16 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


The ticketing areas are after you cross the bridge at LAS. You check in before you get on the tram. 

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Flight cancelled at LAS. How do I retrieve my luggage?

By Peggy - Saturday, 9 October, 2021, 11:06 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


This all depends on your airline and if you were rebooked or not. If you were not rebooked, the airline will typically assign a carousel, as if you landed at LAS. If they rebooked and re-routed you the same day, odds are they will just move the baggage to the new planes.

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What Terminal does Skywest use at Las Vegas Airport?

By Nancy - Tuesday, 12 October, 2021, 2:16 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Skywest operates out of Terminal 3, D Gates. Note that Skywest operates flights branded United Airlines. 

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Are there Covid testing facilities in the Las Vegas Airport?

By Wendy - Tuesday, 12 October, 2021, 2:30 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


We are not aware of any testing AT the airport. Check out the Clarke County Website for testing locations. 

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What Terminal is used for Hawaiian Airlines at LAS?

By Jeanne - Tuesday, 12 October, 2021, 4:31 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Hawaiian uses Terminal 3, D Gates at Las Vegas Airport. 

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Where is the cell phone parking for Terminal 3 at LAS?

By Ellen - Tuesday, 12 October, 2021, 7:00 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


The cell phone lot is located off Kitty Hawk Way. at the south end of the airport's Economy Lot.

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I just left my sport coat on the shoe shine stand, by mistake, near gate D18 (next to the water fountain). How do I report it?

By Noel - Wednesday, 13 October, 2021, 3:07 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Since you lost the item in a "public area", you can contact the lost and found department at +1 (702) 261 5134.  All  found items are  held for 30 days. 


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I am dropping off and picking up people arriving at Terminal 1 at about the same time. If I park in the Short-Term parking lot, can the departing party walk to the Southwest counters to check in for their flight?

By Gini Kramer - Thursday, 14 October, 2021, 9:56 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Use LAS Terminal 1 Short Term Parking. This is your best option to drop off AND pick up without getting booted from a curbside spot. If you are there for less than 15 minutes, it is free. More than 15 will cost you $3.00. 

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Are the rental cars on site at Las Vegas Airport?

By Greg - Friday, 15 October, 2021, 12:37 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


No. The car rental center is 3 miles south of the airport, at 7135 Gilespie Street. It has fast access to the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 and 215.

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Could you please tell me how do I get from gate D35 to Gate C12

By tracy urasaki - Friday, 15 October, 2021, 5:46 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Head to the tram between gates D33 and D59, take to esplanade, then take the tram to Concourse C. This should take 10-20 minutes depending on passenger volume. 

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Are the skycaps open at Southwest?

By Kim Hilton - Friday, 15 October, 2021, 8:25 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Curbside check in, aka "Skycaps" are operated by each airline. Typically Skycap service is available for Southwest passengers at Las Vegas Airport, however, during peak times it can be quite busy. Please check with Southwest directly for more details and hours of availability. 

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How late are the shops open?

By Ami - Saturday, 16 October, 2021, 1:06 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


This varies depending on the type of shop. Check out this map where you can select "shopping" or "dining" to get to details about operating hours. 

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Do you do transfers for people in wheelchairs to and from Hotels?

By ALLAN KYLE - Saturday, 16 October, 2021, 1:01 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Taxis that can carry wheelchair passengers can be ordered directly from the Taxi stand directly outside of LAS baggage claim. Just ask the agent on duty to order one, and you will have priority for the first wheelchair accessible vehicle. 

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Is there a church/chapel at Las Vegas Airport?

By Express - Monday, 18 October, 2021, 6:39 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Surprisingly there is no church/chapel space at LAS. Sorry. 

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Is Jetblue departing and arriving in Terminal 3?

By Kathleen M Waelter - Tuesday, 19 October, 2021, 3:29 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Yes, Jetblue uses Terminal 3 at McCarran Airport. However, as changes can happen, we always recommend tracking your flight to be sure. 

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How many hours prior to flight can I check bags and go through security?

By Diane Kinnamon - Tuesday, 19 October, 2021, 5:27 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


In most US airports, airlines do not allow baggage to be checked more than 4 hours prior to the flight. As with most things there are exceptions, you should call your airline for more information about this requirement. 

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Can Uber drivers pick up and drop off passengers at the terminals?

By Stephen M. - Friday, 22 October, 2021, 1:21 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Uber and other rideshare companies have dedicated areas at the Las Vegas Airport Terminals, learn more about how to get an Uber at LAS. 

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Can you check your baggage outside?

By Chris - Saturday, 23 October, 2021, 12:26 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Curbside checkin is typically available at LAS, however, they are operated by the Airlines - not the airport. You should check directly with the airline you are flying out on to see if curbside is available (and hours, etc.)

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Hello, is there transport at the airport for people with disabilities i.e.. wheelchair transfers to hotels?

By ALLAN KYLE - Tuesday, 26 October, 2021, 1:36 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


For travel within the airport, you will need to contact your airline. For travel to and from the airport, there are handicap/wheelchair cabs available, you just need to request one at the taxi stand outside of baggage claim. 

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What terminal is united airlines in - I'm picking someone up on Saturday?

By Robert - Tuesday, 26 October, 2021, 4:01 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


United Airlines uses Terminal 3 at Las Vegas Airport. 

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I left my Volvo car keys (yellow para cord key fob) and apple air pods on the X ray machine today, who do I contact?

By Ben Soppitt - Thursday, 28 October, 2021, 12:35 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Given your mention of the "X Ray machine" it sounds like you were in the territory of the TSA. For lost items at Las Vegas Airport TSA areas, call 702-261-5134 as soon as possible to report your items.

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For southwest TSA precheck where do you go to pass thru?

By Mary - Thursday, 28 October, 2021, 5:52 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Southwest Airlines operates out of Terminal 1 at McCarran Airport. Once you know your gate, you will be headed towards the A/B, C, or CX checkpoints, all of which have TSA pre lanes. You can check the schedule at TSA

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Will I have to provide proof of my sons age when flying?

By Savannah - Monday, 1 November, 2021, 11:03 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


No. Minors (under 18) traveling in the United States are not expected to have identification that show their age, if they are traveling with a parent/guardian. 

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I’m tracking my luggage on as.com/ American Airlines baggage and it says my bag was unloaded off the plane in Las Vegas airport.Where do I go to retrieve it? Is there a phone number I can call?I’m not flying out till Wed.and am changing airlines.Thank you in advance for your help.

By Tina Huff - Tuesday, 2 November, 2021, 2:50 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff


You should call American Airlines at 800-433-7300, as the airlines take care of all luggage at the airport. 

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Is there a certain amount of time before your flight that you must be at the airport in order to be allowed to board the flight, if so how long before?

By Samon - Friday, 5 November, 2021, 6:18 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


If you are talking about how close can you cut it to departure time, that varies by airline. Usually by "final boarding" which is more or less 10 minutes before they close the doors and push back. We don't recommend trying to cut it this close unless a) there are other flights to your destination or b) you are prepared to spend the night at the airport. 

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How far is Concourse B from Concourse D - Hawaiian Airlines to Southwest Airlines?

By Mariegrace Ganal - Tuesday, 16 November, 2021, 4:26 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff


Take the shuttle - Head to end of Concourse, past B1, turn left at the end, exit past security into Esplanade, take 2nd right to security checkpoint for Concourse D, go through security, take tram to Concourse D. Shuttle time is approx. 10 to 20 mins

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Do Frontier airlines and American airlines get baggage at the same building? Two family are traveling they want to meet at the airport for limo transportation but dont know if they are able to meet at one point

By Evelyn Barrera - Wednesday, 17 November, 2021, 4:44 PM

Answered By: LAS Airport Staff


American Airlines baggage would go to Terminal 1 and Frontier baggage area is in Terminal 3. One party would have to take the free Inter-terminal Shuttle or a taxi to the opposite Terminal to meet up for a limo ride. 

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