Vegas residents will have more options to travel

Las Vegas residents and those looking at homes for sale in Las Vegas will now have more travel options after the opening of terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport.

Beyond the glitz and glam, residents can now take direct flights to Hawaii in August, among other domestic destinations offered by United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue and Frontier. International travel will be more accessible to Panama City, South and Central America, the Caribbean and 30 Latin American cities as well. The terminal is a 1.9 million-square-foot addition, and is most squarely aimed at providing a better airport experience to visitors and locals during air travel. To keep on par with the city’s theatrics, glowing slot machines and iconic Vegas signs highlight the terminal.

This terminal is the first post-9/11 terminal that has been built in the United States and the 14-gate expansion will make security checkpoints run more smoothly by decreasing average traffic - there are now 31 lanes to accommodate travelers. A new garage provides room to park 6,000 vehicles in its eight stories.

Las Vegas’ economy has been suffering on and off the strip, and this glamorous addition gives hope for a recovery. The new terminal will increase the annual possible flight passenger capacity to 53 million, 5 million more than the highest number of passengers in 2007.