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McCarran Airport announces operational changes due to COVID-19

Posted at 10:50 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 02:37:35-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — McCarran International Airport said it is working to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis while remaining open as a provider of essential air transportation services.

As passenger activity has declined, McCarran officials are continually evaluating the airport’s infrastructure and operations to identify ways to maximize efficiency and implement cost-savings measures.

With this in mind, the Department of Aviation has reduced its on-site workforce and is consolidating operations.

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The following areas will close effective today until further notice:

-B Concourse – All gates, retail and concessions
-C Annex Security Checkpoint
-E Concourse, Level 2: Secured Side – All gates, retail and concessions

Terminal 3 remains open with limited services during the closure of the E Concourse. Passengers will still be able to access airline ticketing and check-in, the TSA Checkpoint and Baggage Claim.

Any flight previously scheduled to depart from the E Concourse will shift to the D Concourse. Signage is in place to direct travelers at Terminal 3 to use the Red Line tram to the D Concourse once they have cleared the security checkpoint.

The A Concourse remains accessible via the A/B Checkpoint, while the C Concourse is accessible by the C/D Checkpoint. The closure of the B Concourse restricts the ability of passengers to move between the A Concourse and C Concourse without exiting the secure area.

Due to decreased demand McCarran has also temporarily consolidated parking options to the following:

-Terminal 1: Short Term on Level 1; Long Term on Level 1M
-Terminal 3: Short Term on Level 1; Long Term on Levels 3 and 4
-Economy lots and valet at both terminals remain open

Las Vegas airport also said its goal is to provide the safest and most efficient travel environment during this unprecedented time.

By reducing the operational areas of the airport, McCarran’s custodial team will be able to prioritize sanitation and increase the frequency of cleaning while conserving valuable resources and supplies.

These changes are expected to allow McCarran to do its part to flatten the curve and practice social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus by reducing the number of employees required to be physically present in their respective work spaces.

McCarran provides essential transportation services and remains open to serve the state’s travelers and cargo operations.

And passengers should check with their airline for the most current flight status information.