Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Las Vegas Airport
The McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada is the 8th busiest in the world in terms of takeoffs and landings. It is quite close (5 miles or 8 km) to downtown Las Vegas and even closer to the famed “Strip” of hotels and casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard, and is rapidly growing along with the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The airport was first built in 1926, then replaced in 1930 and named in 1948 for Senator Pat McCarran, author of the Civil Aviation Act that regulates American commercial and private aviation. It is also well-known for the availability of slot machines in the concourses, as gambling is legal in Nevada, and for a museum of flight-themed art located in the airport.