Fourth up on my series is Las Vegas. I will briefly explain details on the Las Vegas McCarren Airport to try and make IF more realistic when it comes to airports.
So far this series has been very well treated, so I thank you all so much in advance for your support and feedback. As already requested by 4 people, I am doing KSFO next.
Quick KLAS facts:
- McCarren airport handles over 540,000 aircraft movements in a year.
- McCarren serves as the fourth largest airport on the west coast, behind Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
- New Canadian airline Swoop talking with service to Las Vegas, what would be the airline’s only US-Canada connection
- Las Vegas has the most slot machines in an airport anywhere else in the world
There are two terminals to Las Vegas. And for those that are wondering, Las Vegas is a hub for 4 airlines, Allegiant, Spirit, Frontier, and Southwest
- Air Canada
- Sun Country ( not in IF )
- Thomas Cook
Concourse E ( mostly international )
- British Airways
- Copa Airlines
- Korean Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Viva Aerobus
- West Jet
** Las Vegas does not serve any A380’s **
McCarren is not a big airport in terms of cargo. However, for those who do fly cargo, the terminal would be east of concourse E and D.
- Departing runways 25R/7L and 19L/1R
- Under certain situations, pattern work is not allowed/straight out departures
- You can take off from either side of 25R/7L and 19L/1R. However, taking off from 1R is extremely rare.
- If you do take off from 1R, once departed, ATC will give instructions on departing to the left, right, or straight out, depending on the traffic situation.
- Landing runways 25L/7R , 25R/7L and 19R/1L
- You can land from either side of 25L/7R , 25R/7L and 19R/1L
- Always enter straight in, except for runway 19R/1L
- If you are landing 19R/1L on the 19R side, always enter the left downwind at around 3,000 AGL. Turn an immediate left to 190 degrees, and you will find yourself on a short final. When you enter the left downwind, you should be originally facing 270 degrees to the west, then turn to 190. This is done when traffic is extremely heavy on 25L/7R and 25R/7L and to avoid the Las Vegas Strip.
- Exit the runway immediatly. Just assume traffic is always on final.
- The only time you should cross a runway is after landing
- Las Vegas is 2,000 feet up from sea level.
- Expect to see long taxi times, and a lot of pushback requests from Concourse E and D
- There are mountains east and west of the airport, be cautious of that
That is all for Las Vegas. If I messed up anything don’t hesitate to tell me. I missed a lot of things on my recent Denver thread, so I did a little more research into Las Vegas.
Link to my Denver thread: Managing KDEN
KSFO is next!