Archive for April 15th, 2007

McCarran International Airport: A Leader in Technology and Customer Satisfaction

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

The Southern Nevada economy has consistently ranked as one of the top growth engines in the entire country for the better part of a decade. One of the most important components of the Las Vegas success story is McCarran International Airport. Would you believe that an airport in the middle of the Nevada desert is ranked fifth busiest in the United States and tenth busiest in the entire world? The MS Las Vegas Real Estate Blog has been repeating the same thing for over two years now and it gets more obviously true every day. Las Vegas, Nevada is THE next major American metropolis and there’s just no doubt about it. Read on and learn more about our technologically advanced airport, one of the finest and most efficient in the world, and tell us if you’re not convinced about our future metropolitan status.

McCarran International was the first airport nationwide to tap into CUTE technology. Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) is one of those advanced McCarran features that you’re literally not supposed to notice. What does CUTE do? Every ticketing counter and every gate station in the entire airport can be used by any airline in the McCarran mix. The flexibility provided by such a system means that everything from last minute gate changes to sudden airline bankruptcy filings can be responded to quickly and efficiently. Resources can be redeployed to newly open desks and terminals “on a dime” simply because all terminal equipment is Common Use. McCarran International Airport is also first in the nation to adopt RFID tags instead of barcodes for luggage. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are 99% accurate, which can be highly appreciated by anyone that has ever lost a highly important piece of luggage while traveling. Because the technology is so advanced and so reliable, the TSA has approved three non-airport luggage drop-off locations in the Strip corridor to facilitate tourist travel more conveniently. This is quite an accomplishment in a post 9/11 world. McCarran International has also begun construction on the fourth wing of the ever expanding D concourse, a project that will add nine additional gates. Even more significant is the development of the new stand-alone Terminal 3, slated for completion in 2011. Self sufficient operationally, Terminal 3 will have 14 gates and it’s own arrival, departure and ticketing functions independent of the main terminal.

What results have been achieved by all this hard work, new construction and technological development? McCarran International Airport was recently rated highest in overall passenger satisfaction for the large airport category by J.D. Power and Associates. How impressive is that? The tremendous ability of McCarran International to “keep pace” with the growth and development of Greater Las Vegas is but one of many reasons that we feel so confident about the future of the Las Vegas real estate market. The Michelle Sterling Team at Prudential Americana Group Realtors is at your service should you decide to purchase a Las Vegas home and become a participating member of the next great American city!