McCarran International Airport ( (IATA: LAS, ICAO: KLAS, FAA LID: LAS) is an international airport in Paradise, Nevada and is the main airport for public and military use in the Las Vegas Valley, a metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Nevada, about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Downtown Las Vegas. The airport is owned by Clark County and run by the Clark County Department of Air Travel. It is named after the late U.S. Senator Pat McCarran, a member of the Democratic Party who added to the development of air travel both in Las Vegas and on a nationwide scale. LAS covers 2,800 acres (11.3 km2) of land.

The airport was integrated in 1942 and opened to airline flights in 1948. It has actually expanded ever since and has actually employed various innovative technologies, such as common-use facilities. The airport has 4 runways and two guest terminals.

East of the traveler terminals is the Marnell Air Cargo Center, and on the west side of the airport are fixed-base operators and helicopter business. The airport services as a base for Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. It is the busiest airport in the United States that does not run as a center for any of the 3 U.S legacy carriers.

The first airport at Las Vegas was Anderson Field, opened in November 1920 southeast of present-day Sahara Ave and Paradise Rd. Purchased by the Rockwell siblings in 1925, the airfield was renamed Rockwell Field, and in April 1926 Western Air Express (WAE) started to bring mail (and ultimately guests).

When the siblings sold Rockwell Field and the brand-new owner canceled WAE’s lease, the airline needed to try to find another airport. Regional business person P. A. Simon had actually developed an airfield northeast of the city (now Nellis Air Force Base) and WAE moved there in November 1929 and bought the field a couple of years later on.

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