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United, Hawaiian move to McCarran's T3 Wednesday

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United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines move their ticketing and baggage claim services into McCarran International Airport's new 1.9 million-square-foot facility Wednesday. The move marks the third and final phase of the Terminal 3 opening.

Since opening on June 27, Terminal 3 has served carriers that operate exclusively from one or more of 14 "E" gates at the facility. However, T3 was designed to also serve the ticketing, security and baggage claim needs of up to 26 gates at McCarran's D Concourse. United and Hawaiian are the first airlines to utilize the new facility in this way.

Once United and Hawaiian passengers have checked in and cleared security at T3, they will take a 45-second tram ride to the D gates before boarding their aircraft. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, these airlines' customers will take a tram to T3 to claim baggage and find ground transportation.

"For more than 14 years, every D Concourse passenger has traveled to and from their gate by way of an automated tram system that begins and ends its journey at Terminal 1," said Randall H. Walker, director of aviation for Clark County, Nevada. "T3 now allows us to split the existing and future D gates' traffic pool between two terminals. This will ease peak-period congestion along McCarran's roadways and within its garages, ticketing lobbies, security checkpoints and baggage claim areas."

Terminal 3 is a standalone facility located east of McCarran's Terminal 1, just south of Russell Road. All foreign-based airlines have operated from T3 since it opened in late June.

Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines and Virgin America relocated to T3 at the end of July.

Travelers flying on AirTran, Allegiant, American, Delta, Great Lakes, Omni, Southwest, Spirit and US Airways will continue to begin and end their Las Vegas trips at Terminal 1.

Electronic signs have been placed above each roadway leading into McCarran to inform approaching drivers which airlines are based at Terminal 1 or Terminal 3. The airport's website, McCarran.com, was recently redesigned to emphasize where airport users should look for their respective airlines.

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