Southwest Airlines gate demolition project by LVD at McCarran Airport



LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — At McCarran, a pandemic is a terrible thing to waste, which is why, in the C Concourse, Gate C-22 and half the others in this section are walled off.

Behind the walls, carpet is removed, chairs are gone, agent counters are absent and evidence of construction is everywhere.

“We’re going into the hold rooms, the walkways, taking out the old carpet, putting in new, more durable flooring, that’s easier to clean. We’re putting in more charging stations,” says the airport’s Joe Rajchel.

In short, the C-Concourse, McCarran’s busiest, for its busiest airline, Southwest, is getting a full makeover.

The $12 million project began at the end of September and should be finished by the end of summer.

This will be great, according to Southwest passenger Dave Gurnell, an independent casino host who tells me he flies about eight times a month. I met him at the baggage claim after he just landed from San Diego.

McCarran Airport demolition remodel of Gate C (Southwest Airlines) at 5757 Wayne Newton Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

“I’m sure it will be nice but I travel so much that I walk through the terminal but don’t see what’s going on anyway, but I’m sure it will be a great change,” he says.

If he notices, at the end of the summer, McCarran’s updated theme will be brought to the concourse that opened in 1987.

That outdated carpet?

It will be replaced with the terrazzo flooring seen elsewhere. The walls will be brighter. Things will look more modern.

Las Vegas, and McCarran, are soldiering through the COVID-19 downturn.

Traffic here, year-to-date, is down 56-percent, although it’s getting better.

At the C-Concourse, Southwest has seen a 55% drop in traffic. But that presented the airport an opportunity in its busiest wing, which would normally see about 48,000 people per day.

Fewer people means fewer disruptions.

“By doing it now we’re able to do it quicker. By doing it quicker, we’re able to save money, and we’re able to do it without as much of an inconvenience to our travelers,” says Joe Rajchel.

They’ll finish one side of the concourse and then move to the other, giving travelers a whole new welcome to Las Vegas.

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