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McCarran’s $2.4 billion Terminal 3 receives first flights

After five years of construction, McCarran International Airport’s $2.4 billion T3 went into service Wednesday with the standard official speeches and platoon of showgirls, celebrity impersonators and stage performers. Virgin Atlantic and three other airlines took up residence. Another 11 international carriers will move in today.

Slight decline expected in McCarran departures

As the first flights arrive at the $2.4-billion Terminal 3 today, McCarran International Airport as a whole is facing a stretch of airline belt-tightening. The trade group Airlines for America reports that the number of flights departing Las Vegas through December will drop 1.8 percent compared with the second half of 2011.

Key points in Las Vegas aviation history

1920 – First plane lands in Las Vegas on May 7. For three days the pilot sells $10 rides. First airstrip, Anderson Field, opens six months later at what is now the site of the Sahara.

McCarran embraces spacious new Terminal 3

The $2.4 billion expansion at McCarran International Airport, known as Terminal 3, begins flight operations on Wednesday. The new terminal has 14 gates, seven domestic and seven international.

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New terminal’s $5 million collection showcases Vegas’ art talent

If you define “art” as a painting, in a frame, hung on a wall – then McCarran International Airport’s new Terminal 3 has no art. But if you look beyond – and above – that definition, T3 is Las Vegas’ newest gallery.

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