McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the principal commercial airport serving Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada. The airport is located five miles (8 km) south of the central business district of Las Vegas, in the unincorporated town of Paradise. It covers an area of 2,800 acres and has four runways. McCarran is owned by Clark County and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation (DOA). It serves as a hub for US Airways, and a focus city for AirTran Airways, Allegiant Air, and Southwest Airlines; McCarran is also the largest operation base for both Allegiant and Southwest.
In 2006, McCarran ranked eleventh in the world and sixth in the United States for passenger traffic, with 46,194,900 passengers passing through the terminal. The airport ranked fifth in the world and United States for aircraft movements (up from seventh back in 2005), with 605,046 takeoffs and landings.
Maximum capacity for the airport is estimated at 53 million passengers and 625,000+ aircraft movements. As McCarran is predicted to reach this capacity around 2017, Ivanpah Airport is planned as a relief airport.