Las Vegas has long been known as a destination that thrives on reinvention. Here the next big thing is seemingly always just around the corner, its promise beckoning visitors both familiar and new to come and enjoy whatever else the Entertainment Capital of the World may soon have in store.

In recent years, McCarran International Airport has fostered its hometown’s perpetual sense of renewal by serving as a gateway to tens of millions of visitors drawn in by the Strip’s latest and greatest resorts, restaurants, shows and shops. This past year, however, McCarran’s team has been hard at work preparing the airport for its own turn under the spotlight as the newest must-see attraction in Vegas.

In 2011, the Clark County Department of Aviation’s personnel and other resources were firmly focused on the development of Terminal 3, a $2.4 billion expansion scheduled to welcome its first flights on June 27, 2012. The terminal’s main building spans nearly 2 million square feet, which easily makes “T3” the largest expansion project in McCarran’s 63-year history. The overall development also includes an eight-story, 6,000-space parking structure; more than eight miles of supporting roadways and bridges; a central utility plant; and an underground automated tram system that will connect the new terminal to the nearby D Concourse.

Terminal 3 will provide locals and visitors alike with convenient access to a wealth of domestic flights reaching points throughout the country. McCarran is already the second-busiest origin-and-destination airport in North America, served by all U.S. partners of the major air carrier alliances.

With seven of its gates designed to accommodate international air service, including secure access to a 24-lane U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area, Terminal 3 will also be McCarran’s new home to international flights. Up to five wide body aircraft can be processed simultaneously in its new international configuration, allowing for greater worldwide air service expansion than is currently possible. T3 will also offer an expansive, multi-airline club lounge for international premium-cabin travelers, enabling carriers to provide an outstanding airport experience to these high-value customers.

T3 will be a game-changer, opening the Las Vegas experience to those from new markets in far-away locales including Asia, Europe, Latin America and beyond. We’re proud of how much this airport has grown over the years, and now more than ever remain committed to providing a world-class experience for this community’s valued residents and visitors.

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