Las Vegas Arrivals
Las Vegas International Airport is an airport in the United States of America, and the main airport that serves the famous city of Las Vegas. It is known as the McCarran International Airport, in honour of former Nevada Senator, Pat McCarran, and has the airport code of LAS. Tourists arrive in the thousands at Las Vegas Airport to play the huge casinos that have made the city famous, and to visit the many other attractions the city as to offer as well. The Las Vegas Airport arrival areas are well equipped to welcome their passengers, and there are also plenty of ground transport options available for passengers heading into the city.
The city of Las Vegas is found in the state of Nevada, quite nearby to the city of Los Angeles in California, and although popular for its casino attractions and numerous wedding chapels, has a great deal more to offer. Las Vegas is home to the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, a tropical paradise where white tigers, panthers, leopards and dolphins can be seen, the Speed Roller Coaster (the name says it all), the Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park, with so many entertaining features, a Mini Grand Prix which is a popular attraction for adults and kids and the Las Vegas Planetarium, especially for those who love astronomy. The Shark Reef Aquarium, the roller coasters at Magic Motion Rides and Mystic Falls Park are famous attractions enjoyed by children, and for a quieter day out, Las Vegas offers several interesting museums that are well worth a visit.
Las Vegas Airport is the perfect place to arrive to begin an exciting adventure in Las Vegas, as it is located only five miles from the city’s downtown area, and has various transport options for its passengers. From the Las Vegas Airport arrival areas, passengers can take public buses to the heart of the city. RTC Transit offers several buses that travel to their main transit centres, including the Bonneville Transit Centre, the South Strip Transfer Terminal and the Westcliff Transit Centre. These buses are known as Route #108, Route #109 and the Westcliff Airport Express. They also stop at several of the popular hotels in the city. Further transport is offered by a couple of private shuttle companies, to hotels on the Strip (where many of the most famous casinos are found) and to off-Strip hotels. Passengers who need to travel further than the city will find buses to Laughlin, Lake Havasu City, Needles, Fort Mohave, Golden Valley, Bullhead City and Kingman as well.
There is no train station at Las Vegas Airport for arriving passengers, and limited train services available from the city. However, there is a monorail that provides a convenient way to travel the Strip. The old station that used to be used by Amtrak is still in Las Vegas, but currently not operational. In future the city’s monorail may be extended to the airport, in order to ensure arriving passengers have quick access to the city’s hotels. Taxis and limousines provide an additional form of transport, and are convenient for many arriving passengers. They are available 24 hours a day, and are a reliable way to reach your hotel.
Flights at Las Vegas Airport arrive from local and international destinations, and the airport is served by a wide variety of airline companies. It is also a hub facility for the airline company of Great Lakes Airlines. A number of flights arrive from international cities such as London, Frankfurt, Manchester, Mexico City and Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Regina, Kelowna, Ottawa, Hamilton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Vancouver and London (ON) in Canada. WestJet is the most important international carrier at Las Vegas Airport, flying from Canada, while Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air Canada, Aeromexico, British Airways, Korean Air, Sunwing Airlines and Condor are additional international carriers present. The majority of Las Vegas Airport flights arrive from other cities in the United States. The busiest five domestic routes served from the airport are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix and Atlanta. Further local destinations include Seattle, Dallas/Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Palm Springs, Minneapolis, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Nashville, New Orleans and Detroit.
Some of the main airline carriers at Las Vegas Airport, and those which carry the airport’s domestic passengers, include Southwest Airlines, with almost forty percent of airport passengers, US Airways, United Airlines or United Express, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Virgin America and Sun Country Airlines. Las Vegas Airport handles over 38 million passengers per annum, and is therefore rated as the 22nd busiest airport in the world. It is also ninth in the world in terms of aircraft movements.
Passengers could arrive at either one of two terminal buildings at Las Vegas Airport. Terminal 1 is the largest passenger building, with numerous gates and four concourses. The majority of the airport’s flights will arrive at Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is the international terminal of the airport, and where charter flights will arrive. The terminals are connected by a free shuttle bus. Facilities in the terminals include shops, restaurants, VIP lounges, free Wi-Fi, full-service banks, ATM machines and currency exchange services. The terminals are accessible for disabled passengers. Special facilities include the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, the public art displays and over a thousand slot machines and gambling machines. Passengers who are to be collected from the airport can meet their family members or friends at various convenient locations in the terminal buildings. If checked luggage needs to be collected arrange to be greeted at the airport information booth in the central baggage reclaim area of Terminal 1, while the red Thunderbird car at the Cannon Aviation Museum on Level 2 is a good place to meet a passenger who is not collecting hold luggage. Terminal 2 is not as large, and therefore arriving passengers are easier to find at the arrivals hall.
Arriving passengers can rent a car from one of the Las Vegas Airport car hire companies, for example, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Auto Europa or Thrifty. Shuttle buses are available outside the arrival areas for transport, as the Car Rental Centre is about three miles from the airport terminals. A private vehicle is often considered as the best form of transport for the city, and for driving to nearby attractions.
Live Las Vegas Airport arrival flights can be found online, or the airport can be contacted for further information regarding an arriving flight, at (702)261-4636. General information is available at (702)261-5211.
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