HARRY REID INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LAS) INFORMATION
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Harry Reid International Airport5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119, United States
Facts and History about Harry Reid International Airport
Harry Reid International Airport (IATA: LAS, ICAO: KLAS, FAA LID: LAS), is located in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, about 8 kilometers south of Downtown Las Vegas. The airport is owned by the Clark County Commission and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation.
Known as the McCarran International Airport since 1968, it was recently renamed in 2021 in honor of long-time U.S. Senator Harry Reid, who represented the State of Nevada in the United States Senate from 1987 to 2017.
Aside from regular domestic routes at Terminal 1, the airport has direct flights to destinations across North America, Europe, and Asia at Terminal 3.
Terminal 2 was demolished in 2016. A new terminal complex might be built on that site someday, although there are no plans for this redevelopment as of this update.
Widely considered as one of the busiest airports in the world, it has four runways and two passenger terminals and covers an area of more than 2,800 acres.
It has an annual passenger traffic of 40 million in 2021, but before the global pandemic hit the US in 2020, LAS registered a record number of passenger traffic at 51.5 million in 2019—the highest in the airport’s entire history.
Harry Reid International Airport is 665 meters above sea level at 36°04′48″N and 115°09′08″W.
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History of Harry Reid International Airport
The airport was built in 1942. Airline operations began in 1948. The late US Senator Pat McCarran (1876 – 1954) of Nevada was instrumental in obtaining the field for the new terminal building. He also helped establish a gunnery school by the United States Army Air Corps at the field. For the senator's contributions, the airport was named McCarran Field in 1941.
In its first year of operation, McCarran Field served over 35,000 passengers. When the Las Vegas casino industry grew during the 1950s, the airport handled close to a million passengers in 1959.
In 1963, it opened a new passenger terminal. It was renamed McCarran International Airport in 1968. Further expansion took place between 1970 and 1974 with the construction of the A and B Gates.
After the airline industry deregulation in 1978, the number of airlines at McCarran doubled from seven to fourteen by the end of 1979.
The management also expanded baggage claim facilities. An esplanade and a new parking garage were opened in 1985. Additionally, C Gates and the first line of the people mover system were inaugurated in 1987.
In 1991, the International Terminal was renamed Terminal 2 to handle international traffic. The nine-story parking garage and a tunnel linking the Las Vegas Beltway to the airport were also constructed. In June 1998, the southwest and southeast wings of the D Gates were opened.
Improvements continued for the next decade until May 2011, when the construction of a new air traffic control tower began. It was eventually opened in August 2016.
In 2021, the Clark County Commission voted unanimously to rename the airport after the former US State Senator Harry Reid. The facility was officially renamed Harry Reid International Airport on December 14, 2021. Two weeks after the ceremony, Senator Harry Reid died at 82 years of age.
Today, the busiest domestic routes from LAS are Denver, Colorado, Los Angeles, California, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona, Detroit, Michigan, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Houston–Intercontinental, Texas.
In 2019, its busiest international routes include Toronto, Canada, Mexico City, Mexico, Calgary, Canada, Vancouver, Canada, London-Heathrow, United Kingdom, Guadalajara, Mexico, Montréal–Trudeau, Canada, London-Gatwick, United Kingdom, Manchester, United Kingdom, and Seoul-Incheon, South Korea.
The airport currently consists of 110 aircraft gates at two terminal buildings: Terminal 1 (Domestic) and Terminal 3 (International). Each terminal has its Parking Garage, Ticketing and Check-in area, Baggage Claim, Shopping, and Dining options.
Because the two facilities are not physically connected, passengers must know which airline operates at which terminal building before coming to the airport.
At Terminal 1, the departures and arrivals area is at the Lower Level, the Ground Transportation Services area.
At Terminal 3, arrivals are on the Lower Level with the Baggage Claim Carousels, Airport tram station, and Ground Transportation Services.
Transfer Services at Harry Reid International Airport
The airport provides several modes of efficient transportation for its customers. Transportation services to and from Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), such as rental cars, taxis, rideshares, shuttles, trains, and buses are conveniently located at the Ground Transportation Center of Terminal 1 and 3.
Planning your transfer options before hitting the road will give you peace of mind. Before leaving your home, know what items are allowed in your carry-on bag, what you can pack in your checked baggage, and what items are prohibited.
For the convenience of the riding public, passengers are advised to approach the Airport Information Desk for transport assistance.
Finally, travelers should only transact at the airport counters and other legitimate establishments for their safety.
Rental Car Services at Harry Reid International Airport
The Rental Car Center is approximately 4 kilometers from Terminal 1 and 3 at No. 7135 Gilespie St. Courtesy shuttle buses frequently operate to transport passengers to/from the facility. See and compare all rental car companies at Harry Reid International Airport.
At Terminal 1, shuttles depart from Level 1 outside Doors 10 and 11.
At Terminal 3, shuttles depart from Level 0 outside Doors 51 and 54 for the west side and Doors 55, 56, 57, and 58 for the east side.
When ready to return your vehicle to the Car Rental Center, remove all personal items before turning over the rented vehicle to the designated facility.
Allow plenty of time for your drive when returning the vehicle. If you’re not sure where to go, give the rental company a call.
Ride Shares at Harry Reid International Airport
Rideshares are permitted to pick up and drop off passengers from level 2M of the Terminal 1 Parking Garage and the Valet level of Terminal 3 Parking.
Passengers can reserve rideshare by downloading the company’s app on their smartphone and coordinating directly with their driver. They can also request a ride a few days before their flight to avoid the inconvenience.
Ridesharing apps should let users verify the identity of drivers by checking out their faces, license plates, and colors.
It might help if you could ask the driver to identify himself and the name of the passenger he’s picking up. It could prevent people from impersonating drivers.
Finally, if you ever feel uncomfortable, you are not under any obligation to climb into someone’s vehicle.
Taxis at Harry Reid International Airport
Upon exit from the Baggage Claim area of the airport, proceed to the taxi stand and wait for the next available vehicle.
Eastside of Baggage Claim, outside Door exits 1 and 4. Airport personnel are available to help queue the lines and provide assistance as needed.
Taxis are located outside on Level Zero. There are several taxi loading areas on the west end of the building to serve domestic and international travelers. Airport personnel are available to assist as needed.
One-way fare between the airport and Downtown is about $40.00. If you need to travel outside the city area, please consult your driver for rates.
All taxis in Las Vegas accept major credit cards, but it is helpful to ask in advance. It is customary to give the driver a tip (15-20% of the fare) for good service. More about taxis to and from Harry Reid International Airport.
Trains at Harry Reid International Airport
Airport trams transport passengers between terminals and gates within the secure area. They are color-coded (Green, Blue, Red) to help passengers identify which route they require.
For $2.00, the Monorail also connects passengers to seven stations in Las Vegas, including MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah's/The LINQ, Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate Las Vegas, and the SAHARA Las Vegas Station. More about rail travel to and from Harry Reid International Airport.
Buses at Harry Reid International Airport
For $2.00, Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) provides public buses at Terminal 1 under Route 108 (To and from Paradise) and Route 109 (To and from Maryland Parkway).
In Terminal 3, public buses such as Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) and Centennial Express (CX) are also available. Fares start at $2.00. More about buses to and from Harry Reid International Airport.
Hotel Shuttle Services at Harry Reid International Airport
Many hotels in Las Vegas provide shuttle services. Passengers may confirm with their local hotel if this is available at their accommodation.
Shuttles pick up and drop passengers at the Ground Transportation Center at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
Parking at Harry Reid International Airport
The airport provides comfortable parking spaces capable of accommodating many vehicles at any time in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
The parking facility is open 24/7. More about parking at Harry Reid International Airport.
Other Services at Harry Reid International Airport
Wi-Fi at Harry Reid International Airport
Free Wi-Fi is available at Airport Terminal 1 and 3. No password is required to connect to the network.
ATMs at Harry Reid International Airport
ATMs are in the following areas:
- C Gates, near Gate C16;
- D Gates;
- Gates 5-59, near the food court in the Main Hall and near Gate D6;
- E Gates, opposite Gates E5 and E10; and
- Terminal 1 Baggage, near Carousel 7.
Currency Exchange at Harry Reid International Airport
Currency exchange is available at Terminal 3.
Nursing Stations at Harry Reid International Airport
LAS has nursing pods in all terminal/departure areas:
- A/B/C Gates, on the connector bridge between the B and C Gates
- D Gates, on the Upper Level of the open Lobby area
- E Gates, near Gate E9
Travelers should be aware of TSA policies regarding breast milk.
Restrooms at Harry Reid International Airport
Accessible restrooms and regular restrooms are throughout the airport.
Food and Beverages at Harry Reid International Airport
There are food and beverages shops throughout the airport terminals. Most food concessions operate on varying schedules.
Shopping at Harry Reid International Airport
Smoking at Harry Reid International Airport
Designated smoking areas are in:
- Barney’s Lounge (C Gates);
- Bud Track Lounge (Esplanade);
- Gaming lounges (B, C, D, and E Gates); and
- Outdoors of Ticketing and Baggage Claim areas
Please follow smoking regulations.
Lost and Found Section at Harry Reid International Airport
For items lost on the aircraft or at the gate area, please contact the respective airlines lost and found.
If you lost an item in any other area at the airport, including the security checkpoints and shuttle buses, please contact the Lost and Found Office at +1 702-261-5134.
You can also complete the Lost and Found process at any Information Desk located at Terminal 1 and 3.
When leaving your details for lost items(s), please include your full name, contact details, phone, email, and a description of the item(s).
The airport will keep all lost and found items for a considerable time of at least 30 days. After said period, the property will be deemed abandoned. Please talk to any of the airport representatives at the counter.
Ticketing at Harry Reid International Airport
Please look for overhead signs pointing in the direction of ticketing areas at the terminals. Each airline has its operating hours, but typically, airlines open their ticket counters two hours before departure time, even for early morning flights.
Generally, payment by cash or checks is not accepted at American airports. Please consult your air carrier or travel agent for more details.
Information Desk at Harry Reid International Airport
The Information Desk assists all passengers. Please approach them at Terminal 1 and 3.
Pet Relief at Harry Reid International Airport
The airport has several designated enclosed pet relief areas located at:
- C Gates, on the connector bridge between the B and C Gates
- D Gates, on the Upper Level of the open Lobby area
- E Gates, opposite Gate E11
- T1 Ticketing and Baggage Claim, outside Doors No. 7 and No. 13 in the Ground Transportation Area.
Animals are not permitted unless they are in proper pet carriers to assist disabled individuals.
Baggage Claim at Harry Reid International Airport
Please retrieve luggage at your designated Baggage Claim area in your terminal. Carts are available to assist passengers with special needs.
In the case of missing items, contact your respective airline or their airline ticket counter. Passengers can also inquire from the Information Desk for further assistance.
Airport Lost and Found Phone: +1 702-261-5134.
When leaving a message, include your name, email, contact phone number, and a brief description of the lost item(s).
Disabled Passengers at Harry Reid International Airport
The airport is fully accessible to passengers with special needs, and wheelchairs are allowed to the gates and aircraft doors.
Travelers with disabilities or medical needs who have questions about the policies or procedures at security checkpoints can call +1 702-261-5770.
Additionally, they may notify the airline, travel agent, ticketing agent, flight attendant, or gate agent when carts, wheelchairs, or medical transportation is needed.
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Harry Reid International Airport Contacts
Address: 5757 Wayne Newton Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, United States
General Phone: +1 702-261-5211
General Email: https://www.harryreidairport.com/Contact/Email
Lost and Found Email: https://www.mccarran.com/LostAndFound/new_report.aspx
Lost and Found Phone: +1 702-261-5134
Official Website: https://www.harryreidairport.com/
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