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Contact: Christine Crews 
Phone: (702) 261-5154 
Email: christinec@mccarran.com 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 
McCarran offers travel tips – “Know Before You Go” 

       Whether you’re traveling by plane or reindeer-drawn sleigh, it’s best to “Know Before You Go” prior to taking flight this holiday season!  With more than 1.2 million people expected to pass through during the Christmas and New Year’s travel period, it’s going to be a busy time at McCarran International Airport. Travelers can save themselves time and frustration by taking a few minutes to visit www.mccarran.com for departure terminal and parking information, as well as links to other useful information such as TSAguidelines, where to shop at the airport for last-minute gifts, and pre-flight dining options.  

       “For many, the airport is an important part of the holiday season. It’s the gateway to visiting our friends and relatives, and it’s where we are reunited with those loved ones returning home,” said Randall H. Walker, director of the Clark County Department of Aviation. “When you plan ahead, or as we like to say, when you ‘Know Before You Go,’ you’re more likely to maintain your holiday cheer.”  

       Whether you’re flying in or out of McCarran, or stopping by to pick up or drop off a friend or loved one, please pay attention to these simple guidelines to improve your travel experience this holiday season.

Travel Tips

  • Plan to arrive at McCarran at least 90 minutes before your scheduled departure time, and allow even more time if you plan to park in an economy lot.
  • Review airline policies and be aware of fees that may be assessed for carry-on or checked baggage.
  • Know TSA’s 3-1-1 guidelines for liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on, and do not pack or bring prohibited items to the airport. Visit www.tsa.gov for detailed information.
  • Do not bring wrapped packages to security checkpoints. While wrapped gifts are not prohibited, if a bag alarms security officers may have to unwrap a gift to take a closer look inside.
  • Only ticketed passengers are allowed to go through security checkpoints. To meet an unaccompanied minor or assist a traveler with special needs, visit your airline’s ticket counter to obtain authorization.

Parking Tips

  • Know which terminal is home to your airline – this information will determine where you should park.
  • For 24-hour parking information, including live updates on space availability, call (702) 261-5122.
  • Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages offer Long-Term parking at a rate of up to $14 per day, as well as Valet parking for up to $21 per day.
  • McCarran offers terminal-specific Economy parking at a rate of up to $10 per day. 
    • The Economy Lot serving Terminal 1 is located on Kitty Hawk Way, just south of Tropicana Avenue and west of Paradise Road. Drivers using this lot should set aside at least 30 additional minutes for a shuttle ride to Terminal 1. This shuttle will not deliver passengers to Terminal 3.
    • Economy rate parking for Terminal 3 is available in the surface lot located just east of the Terminal 3 parking garage and within walking distance of the Level 1 pedestrian bridge leading into the terminal.  When approaching the Terminal 3 parking garage, drivers should follow the posted directional signs to Surface parking in order to take advantage of the economy rate.


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 40 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.