Is Las Vegas Finally Getting a Second Airport?

by Anthony Losanno
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Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) (and its former name McCarran International Airport) has been the only way to fly into Sin City. The Clark County Department of Aviation (CCDOA) recently held a media briefing to talk about the need for a second commercial airport (this has been under discussion since the 1990s).

According to 8 News Now, Apex, Eldorado Valley, Moapa Reservation, and Ivanpah Valley were identified as the best candidates for a new airport and the southern dry lake bed near the California border has been chosen. Due to airspace restrictions from Nellis Air Force Base, Moapa Reservation and Apex were eliminated. Ivanpah Valley and Eldorado Valley were evaluated for best user convenience, access routes, availability of land, potential transit connection, and cost of development. In the end, Ivanpah Valley won out. Plans for the airport in the southern desert were considered after the signing of the Ivanpah Valley Airport Public Lands Transfer Act of 2000 but due to economic factors this was postponed.

New Las Vegas Airport

Clark County Commissioner, Jim Gibson, said:

It’s something we wished we had been able to see through the economic downturn, through the pandemic. It didn’t happen, but we were poised with all the good work we had done to take off from where we left off. Those of us who are in office today won’t likely be in office when this airport opens. But we are thrilled to be a part of it, and we are committed to doing the work of making sure we get all of the questions out there and all the questions we need.”

The current plan titled the Southern Nevada Supplemental Airport, is now moving out of an almost 30-year planning phase and into the environmental phase. Project completion is planned for 2037. The airport will feature one terminal and two runways for commercial, general, and cargo aviation activity.

Anthony’s Take: 2037 is a long way from now, but it appears like the new airport is at least further on its way than it ever has been before. Now, what will it be called? My vote is for Wayne Newton.

(Image Credits: Grant Cai and Clark County Department of Aviation (CCDOA)

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derek April 5, 2024 - 3:47 pm

Just call it Primm Airport or even Jean Airport. Change the other airport’s name to Harry Reid Airport and drop international. Really big airports don’t need to demand the title international. Look at Heathrow and CDG/Roissy. Neither have “international”. It’s wannabe’s like Fort Wayne Indiana that have to wear an overly big hat and scream “we’re international!”

Chris April 5, 2024 - 6:03 pm

What’s the point of another airport one hour away from Vegas in the middle of nowhere?

Christian April 5, 2024 - 10:41 pm

Liberace International Airport.


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