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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days at McCarran International Airport.

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of travelers will pass through McCarran International Airport over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

Much of the traffic at McCarran will be locals heading out of town. McCarran International Airport is expected to be one of the busiest airports in the country.

Airport officials already report that Terminal 1's long-term parking garage is full. They are advising travelers to go to the Economy Lot. Allow extra time for the shuttle ride to the terminal.

If you are checking bags, you are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before your flight. Be sure to know whether you are leaving from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3. You can plan your journey at McCarran.com.

Airport officials recommend you give yourself extra time to find parkingFor 24-hour parking information, including updates on space availability, you can call the parking hotline at 261-5122

Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages offer Long-Term parking at a rate of up to $16 per day, as well as Valet parking for up to $23 per day. Additionally, McCarran offers economy parking at a rate of $10 per day.

The Economy Lot serving Terminal 1 is located on Kitty Hawk Way, just south of Tropicana Avenue and west of Paradise Road. Shuttles run continuously between this Economy Lot and Terminal 1, and drivers using this lot should set aside at least 30 additional minutes to move to or from the airport. This shuttle will not deliver passengers to Terminal 3.

Economy rate parking for Terminal 3 is available in the surface lot located just east of the Terminal 3 parking garage and within walking distance of the Level 1 pedestrian bridge leading into the terminal. When approaching the Terminal 3 parking garage, drivers should follow the posted directional signs to surface parking in order to get the economy rate.

There are some things travelers can do to make the process easier.

  • Understand what the TSA allows and doesn't allow in carry-on baggage.
  • Pack light - if you just bring a carry-on, you can easily change flights.
  • SpeedCheck your bags from participating locations.
  • Find out in advance how your airline will handle if you are stuck somewhere due to weather issues.
  • Always check the status of your flight before heading to the airport. You can call 261-4636.
  • Review airlines and particular flights to know their on-time history.
  • Try to book flights through hubs where weather won't be a problem.
  • Keep an inventory of what is in you baggage in case it gets lost.
  • Keep valuables in your carry-on.
  • Book flights will as few connections as possible. 
  • You can always file an airline complaint.

Passenger Pick-up curb
McCarran has numbered the pillars in the passenger pick-up areas to make locating family and friends a little easier. Short-term parking is also a great option, the first 15 minutes are free.

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