Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced that Harry Reid International Airport will receive $31 million in funding from the Airport Terminal Program of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The funding will be used toward major terminal improvements, including significant baggage system upgrades.
According to a letter signed by members of the Nevada Congressional Delegation to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, “The Baggage Handling System Improvement project has two integrated elements that include improving both the inbound baggage handling system at Terminal 1 and the baggage control system at Terminal 3. At Terminal 1, the project will replace and upgrade eight of the 16 baggage carousels with larger and more modern units. The aged inbound system conveyors and bag claim devices have been in continuous service for 40 years. At Terminal 3, the project will completely upgrade the control system components to match the system installed at Terminal 1 ensuring efficiency and reliability across the airport.”
Once the baggage system is being upgraded, capacity for the inbound system will increase by 20% . Terminal 3 will convert the outbound baggage system to an energy efficient on-demand system that only operates when baggage is present and the airport will see a 45% to 55% in energy savings.