Operators planning flights to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) might want to make alternative arrangements beginning November 1, when Runway 25L/07R closes until May 1. During that time, there will be traffic management initiatives such as mile-in-trail, ground stops and ground delays, according to NBAA.
Clark County, Nevada
While many cities, counties and other agencies from coast to coast pursue policies of scaling back operations at airports they control–or in some cases even eliminating them entirely–Clark County, Nev., is flying a reciprocal course. Comprising the state’s southern tip, Clark includes the state’s two largest cities, Las Vegas and Henderson. The area’s economy is perhaps the most tourism- and convention-dependent in the nation.
The Clark County Department of Aviation hopes to issue up to $400 million in bonds to help finance land purchases and construction at three existing southern Nevada airports and the proposed new international airport site in Ivanpah Valley. If approved, the money would be used for everything from future terminal and runway expansion, road and taxiway construction, noise mitigation and improved security.
After 10 years of building a large charter/management company and full-service FBO at McClellan-Palomar Airport in San Diego, Jet Source is preparing to expand with a second FBO at Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas. Henderson is a growing alternate destination for Las Vegas-bound travelers who don’t want to deal with congestion at McCarran International Airport, according to Frank Milian, Jet Source president and COO.
After gathering two consecutive years in Orlando, generally regarded as the preeminent playground for families with children, NBAA returns this year to the unabashed adult playground that is Las Vegas for what promises to be a larger-than-life meeting and convention.
The classic clash between operators and their neighbors is a relative constant in helicopter circles. As cities such as Las Vegas experience surges in population growth and tourism activity, the comfort zone between people on the ground and aircraft in the sky gets squeezed to uncomfortable margins.