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  • Future of McCarran Airport (LAS)

    Hello,

    I was curious about the future development plan of LAS international and read on their website that, once their capacity is reached, they will start constructing a new airport in the sout of Las Vegas.

    They do not really state whether it will be an entire new airport replacing the current one or if it will be only a second one supporting McCarran.

    Does somebody know what the exact plan will look like? Will there be a replacing airport or just a complementing one?

    Thank you in advance

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    Ivanpah International Airport is being planned as a reliever airport for LAS once it reaches capacity, however nothing is firm about Ivanpah (not even any dates), other than that it will happen. IIRC, the layout is supposed to be similar to ATL, with terminals and cargo in the middle, surrounded by two pairs of runways.

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    • #3
      Let WN keep McCarran and US can move.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LH380
        Does somebody know what the exact plan will look like? Will there be a replacing airport or just a complementing one?
        The current plan now is as follows:

        - Ivanpah Airport opens with 1 set of parallel runways, obviously a completely new infrastructure, and a high speed rail link to the Las Vegas strip. Airport will serve primarily international and transcontinental flights.

        - McCarran remains open in somewhat of a 'Chicago Midway type role,' serving as the 'regional airport' along with some longer haul service.

        The plan, as of now, for McCarran has runways 1L/R being torn out, the current international terminal, A, B, and C gates removed, and all passenger flights operating out of the current D gates as well as the new Terminal 3, which is just beginning construction east of the D gates. The vast amount of land which currently houses the general aviation area, the A/B/C gates, and the two north/south runways is worth an absolute fortune, especially given its proximity to 'the strip,' and the county basically plans to pay for the new Ivanpah Airport using the funds generated by selling this land for commercial use (read: casinos).
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chris Kilroy
          The current plan now is as follows:

          - Ivanpah Airport opens with 1 set of parallel runways, obviously a completely new infrastructure, and a high speed rail link to the Las Vegas strip.
          Is that a rail link just for the airport, or is it part of the proposed MAGLEV link to LA?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chris Kilroy
            The vast amount of land which currently houses the general aviation area, the A/B/C gates, and the two north/south runways is worth an absolute fortune, especially given its proximity to 'the strip,' and the county basically plans to pay for the new Ivanpah Airport using the funds generated by selling this land for commercial use (read: casinos).
            Wow that sounds like a plan that can actually work well for all parties involved!
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            • #7
              Interesting at all stages starting with location and mode of funding.
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