In this June 9, 2012 photo, visitors tour the new Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. With the arrival of an overnight flight from London this week, Las Vegas will mark the opening of a $2.4 billion airport terminal that airport and airline industry officials call a key to helping the southern Nevada economy recover from the depths of the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With the arrival of an overnight flight from London this week, Las Vegas will mark the opening of a $2.4 billion airport terminal that officials say could help lift the southern Nevada economy from the depths of the Great Recession.
Some are crediting McCarran International Airport planners with foresight for giving a go-ahead in 2008 for a project that airport chief Randall Walker now calls crucial to serving tourists from the U.S. and Britain, plus places like Panama, South Korea, the Philippines, Amsterdam and Berlin.
“What they’ve done is good, solid planning,” said Michael Boyd, an aviation analyst based in Evergreen, Colo. “When Air China wants to come in, AirIndia or Turkish Air, they’re going to want a gate right away. This is a good move for Las Vegas. It keeps them ahead of the curve.”
The airlines Boyd cited aren’t among the 16 international carriers set to use McCarran’s new Terminal 3. But the second overseas arrival scheduled on opening day, Wednesday, will be a new one. Copa Airlines will be making its inaugural Login to read more