Las Vegas Opens its New Super Terminal

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Lets Fly Cheaper was recently invited on a personal tour of Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport’s new two billion dollar terminal.

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McCarran uses a demographic when it comes to retail and food options. We want to cater to everyone who comes through the terminal, mainly those who spend money on retail items

As passengers walk into McCarran International Airport’s brand new terminal (T3) they will instantly notice how open it is. "In a way, it almost seems like an entirely new airport compared to McCarran’s other terminals" says Sean Delanty, marketing director for Lets Fly Cheaper.com. Terminal 3 is a full service terminal, meaning passengers don’t have to check in through the main airport drop off and take a tram. It comes fully equipped with its own check in system; baggage claim and passenger pick up area.

Chris Jones, who is McCarran’s public affairs director invited Lets Fly Cheaper.com on a personal tour of the $2.4 billion facility, as well as an in depth look at some of the terminals new amenities. The folks at Lets Fly Cheaper say this place delivers and the airport clearly did their research on the demand of today’s international and domestic travelers. One option LFC thought was terrific was the self-check in system that allows the passenger to weigh and tag their own luggage. Many passengers still prefer the traditional method of having the airline’s customer service assist them. That option is there as well. Air Canada and West Jet are currently the only airlines operating out of T3 using that option. The other carriers are still exploring the use of the new feature.

Another thing Lets Fly Cheaper discovered on the tour was the lack of airline logos littering the walls of the check in area. Jones explained that the only time a logo will appear on the monitors is when one of the airlines operating out of T3 will need the check in space.

Some of the new features to alleviate the problem of endless searching for available power supply outlets include multiple recharge zones for those travelers looking to fuel up their devices. The recharge zones feature both the standard outlet as well as USB ports. In addition there are numerous ground outlets at every gate.

Lets Fly Cheaper also reports that international arrivals at McCarran have also received a much need make over. "When all international flights arrived at the old Terminal 2, the process to get through customs was a clustered nightmare. Terminal 3 features seven corridors for the de-boarding process. The passengers no longer have to bottle neck into one congested area and wait in lengthy lines. Now, they simply get off the aircraft and walk through the individual corridors to the customs processing area. It was a much needed improvement for the airport" Jones explains.

"The future is here at McCarran" says Sean from Lets Fly Cheaper. The terminal has installed the much talked about self-boarding system. Passengers will no longer have to experience the cattle call process so many airlines still utilize. Each of the new gates is equipped with the new system, however not everyone has jumped on board. JetBlue is the only airline operating out of T3 currently using the self-boarding system. The other carriers are exploring the option for possible future use. Other state of the art features include digital ad spaces. The terminal is equipped with multiple electronic totem pole style advertisements at each gate. This gives passengers a one stop shop view of the variety of products and entertainment available during their stay in Las Vegas. It also creates a more efficient way for the airport to generate ad revenue by selling multiple ads to be displayed on each large monitor.

Food options in T3 are scattered throughout. They range from on the go fast food options to a more sophisticated meal at places like Las Vegas Chophouse or Dewar’s Clubhouse. Shopping is also in abundance. T3 features a farmer’s market style set up with various popular retailers such as Mac Makeup and Sharper Image. "McCarran uses a demographic when it comes to retail and food options. We want to cater to everyone who comes through the terminal, mainly those who spend money on retail items. For example, women tend to spend more on retail items so you will find more women friendly retailers" Jones explains.

The terminal also caters to the first and business class traveler. Lets Fly Cheaper got an inside look at The Club at LAS; a private lounge that features a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of terminal traffic. Eric Pike, the manager of The Club at LAS was happy to show off the new lounge and extremely excited to be a part of the new expansion. Pike introduced some of the comfortable amenities of The Club, which include a bar, numerous wall mounted LCD televisions and even showers for those long haul travelers looking to freshen up. It also has a separate area for the kids. The Club is open to anyone for a fee of $35 and free to most business and first class travelers.

“McCarran has done a fantastic job with the new terminal. They have finally eased up the congestion of international travel and given it a much more comfortable atmosphere. It’s a well-oiled machine poised for the continuous growth the airport will surely see in the future. Passenger traffic through McCarran is on the rise and new international carriers are expressing future interest in coming to Las Vegas” says Sean Delanty of Lets Fly Cheaper.

Lets Fly Cheaper.com is a low fare specialist, focused on supplying cheap business class flights to international destinations worldwide. To book the lowest fare contact one of their travel agents at 1-800-240-0461 or go to http://www.letsflycheaper.com

Sean Delanty
Marketing Director
Lets Fly Cheaper
800-240-0461

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