Monday, July 30, 2012

New Airport Terminal Opens, McCarren Parking Tips

From the Las Vegas Sun: Let the confusion begin at McCarran International Airport.
One month after opening the airport’s new Terminal 3, the second round of airline move-ins begins Tuesday — a shuffle that will reduce airport congestion but is bound to confuse passengers who have always gone to Terminal 1.
Five airlines — Alaska, Frontier, JetBlue, Sun Country and Virgin America — are moving their ticket counters, check-in and baggage claim facilities to the new $2.4 billion terminal building east of the main concourse.
The five airlines will join 16 international carriers at Terminal 3 and use Gates E8 through E15.
Terminal 3 is a 14-gate, standalone terminal that has its own parking garage, ticketing lobby, baggage claim, security checkpoints and 16 stores and restaurants. It opened June 27.
The five busiest airlines at McCarran — Southwest, Delta, American, United and Allegiant — are staying put for now, and customers will continue to park and check in where they always have.
And for those who don't want to park their cars at McCarran's parking lots, here is a tip some locals use.
Park at some casino's parking lots and then take a cheap taxi ride or airport shuttle to McCarran.  The casino mostly commonly used is the MGM.  You save the parking fees and your car is relatively safe there.  You probably can do this at other casino's as well.
So, starting tomorrow, beware of the McCarran shuffle and at the same time, save some money.

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