..Passengers traveling from Manila, Philippines to Las Vegas, Nevada, will now arrive at the new US$2.4-billion airport terminal 3 opened June 28 at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, the seventh busiest airport in the US.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the only Philippine carrier serving the Manila-Las Vegas route, via Vancouver, bringing tourists to the so-called "Entertainment Capital of the world" which receives a total of 40 million visitors a year. In response to the increasing number of Asian tourists to Las Vegas, there will be four flights per week from Manila, it was announced this week, using the wide-body Airbus A340 aircraft.
Overall, international tourism to Las Vegas has been increasing in the past years, up from 14 percent of tourists in 2009 to 18 percent in 2011. Increases have been particularly noticeable among Asian tourists, who are attracted to Las Vegas's game culture, fine dining and shopping.
The new terminal offers a range of dining options including fast-food restaurants, steak houses and international cuisine, while, in the retail area, in addition to designer fashion brands, an onsite spa offers on-demand relaxation services. T3 also offers free wireless internet service and power outlets to recharge mobiles and hand-held devices throughout its 1.9 million square feet (176,515 sq m) three-storey building.
The terminal will be used by 16 international carriers and five national airlines offering direct flights. The new gateway to the city expects to receive more than 11.3 million passengers annually. Each new gate has self-check in equipment with a simple scan of a pre-printed boarding pass or mobile device.
Using neon signs with the iconic "welcome to Las Vegas" and large-scale art work, the terminal aims to set the tone for visitors as soon as they arrive in the US gaming and entertainment center.