Las Vegas Airports

Traveling to Las Vegas by air? Want to see all of the airports in the area? Wish to visit nearby tourist spots by air? Not a problem, the Silver City has everything for your airport needs.

First off, we shall discuss the most important airport in the City of Lights. This airport serves much of the city in commercial and cargo, what’s its name? Glad you asked! It’s the McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS, ICAO: KLAS, FAA LID: LAS), it is the primary commercial airport serving the all of the Las Vegas Valley, a major metropolitan area in the State of Nevada. It is located in the unincorporated town of Paradise, about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Downtown Las Vegas. The airport is owned by Clark County and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation. It is named after the late U.S. Senator Pat McCarran, a member of the Democratic Party who contributed to the development of aviation both in Las Vegas and on a national scale. The airport covers some 2,800 acres (11.3 km2) of land.

Built in early in the 1940s and opened to commercial flights later in the same decade as it was constructed, it has gone through multiple expansions since then and has creatively employed many kinds of innovative technologies, common-use facilities being one example. McCarran International Airport consists of four runways and two passenger terminals, which are Terminals 1 and 3 respectively. Terminal 1 is composed of four concourses, which are the A, B, C, and D Gates; Terminal 3 contains the E Gates. A people mover system is in place between the post-security area of Terminal 1 and the C and D Gates, as well as between the D Gates and Terminal 3. East of the passenger terminals in the Marnell Air Cargo Center, and on the west side of the airports are facilities for fixed-base operators and helicopter companies.

They serve multiple airlines, from AeroMexico to WestJet.

They soon will have a reliever airport called Ivanpah Valley Airport, a planned relief airport for McCarran International Airport in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, to be located in the Ivanpah Valley of the Mojave Desert, within Clark County, Nevada.

There also is the Alamo Landing Field (FAA LID: L92), a public-use airport located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) west of the central business district of Alamo, in Lincoln County, Nevada, United States. The airport is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. It is the closest public-use airport to Groom Lake.

Then there’s North Las Vegas Airport (IATA: VGT, ICAO: KVGT, FAA LID: VGT), which is located three miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas, in North Las Vegas, in the State of Nevada. It is owned by Clark County and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation.

Known locally as Northtown, it is the second-busiest airport in the Las Vegas area and the third-busiest in Nevada. It is the primary airport in the Las Vegas area for general aviation and scenic tours, allowing McCarran International Airport to focus on airline flights. North Las Vegas offered limited regional airline service in the past. Many helicopter operators including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department use the airport.

The airport is certificated under 14 CFR Part 139.

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