With eyes on fu­ture for­eign flights, Las Ve­gas air­port set for big growth

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Las Ve­gas plans to dou­ble the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional gates at McCar­ran In­ter­na­tional Air­port with the ex­pec­ta­tion that for­eign travel to the des­ti­na­tion will climb as of­fi­cials seek out prized di­rect flights, par­tic­u­larly with Asia.

McCar­ran In­ter­na­tional Air­port di­rec­tor Rose­mary Vas­sil­iadis said Thurs­day that con­struc­tion to con­vert part of an ex­ist­ing link be­tween its D con­course and one of its two ter­mi­nals into seven ad­di­tional in­ter­na­tional gates would be­gin later this year.

Among the new gates would be one to ac­com­mo­date a wide-body dou­ble-decker A-380 air­craft for the first time at the air­port.

Vas­sil­iadis an­nounced con­struc­tion of the new gates at a meet­ing of the South­ern Ne­vada Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee, a gover­nor-ap­pointed panel of tourism of­fi­cials and elected lead­ers that will even­tu­ally de­ter­mine what travel-re­lated projects needs to be funded by the next leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

The air­port had nearly 43 mil­lion pas­sen­gers last year, mak­ing it’s the ninth busiest air­port in the United States, still far from a 47.7 mil­lion pas­sen­ger peak in 2007.

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