Airport provides update on aircraft viewing area still closed

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Some aviation enthusiasts are still watching planes take off and land at Harry Reid International Airport, even though the public plane viewing area off East Sunset Road is still closed.

It was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. For several months, people have been watching the planes across the street; in a Sunset business parking lot.

“Everyone likes to watch planes land, including us,” Curtis Snaper said.

Snaper owns Sin City Scuba across from the viewing area. He’s worried about the safety of people using the parking lot to watch planes. He said that this week two people had set up lawn chairs very close to the street. He said some would park and then cross busy Sunset Road to watch the planes from the closed area.

“When they cross the street, they basically play frog crossing Sunset. It can be very, very dangerous,” Snaper said.

He also said that company trash cans can fill with trash and attract birds, which can be dangerous for planes and passengers.

FOX5 has contacted the airport about the company owner’s concerns.

Public Information Administrator Joe Rajchel sent the following response.

“At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult, yet financially prudent, decision to temporarily close the sunset viewing area to ensure our resources could be directed to areas of operational necessity. . Operating the lot requires a significant investment of manpower and resources from the Department of Aviation, Metro and Opportunity Village. This includes opening and closing the lot, regular security patrols to ensure user safety, and routine maintenance of the lot, such as ensuring trash cans are not overflowing. Garbage will attract birds to the area creating potential hazards to aircraft. We continue to evaluate options for the sunset viewing area as we work to budget for the upcoming fiscal year. We hope to be able to reopen the lot once the new fiscal year begins in July. We encourage all aviation enthusiasts to put their safety first and to always respect private property.

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