Reno-Tahoe International Airport
|Owner/Operator||Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||4,415 ft / 1,346 m|
Reno-Tahoe International Airport (IATA: RNO, ICAO: KRNO, FAA LID: RNO) is a public and military airport three miles (6 km) southeast of downtown Reno, in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It is the state's second busiest commercial airport after McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The Nevada Air National Guard has the 152nd Airlift Wing southwest of the airport's main terminal. The airport is named after both the City of Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe. The airspace of Reno-Tahoe Airport is controlled by the Northern California TRACON and Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center.
The airport was built in 1929 by Boeing Transport Inc. and named Hubbard Field after Boeing Air Transport VP and air transport pioneer Eddie Hubbard. It was acquired by United Airlines in 1936 and purchased by the City of Reno in 1953. The August 1953 OAG shows 15 scheduled departures each weekday; ten years later there were 28.
Jets (United 727s) arrived in June 1964; runway 16 (now 16R) was extended southward from 7800 to 9000 feet around that time. The airport didn't rate a nonstop to Los Angeles until 1969; a nonstop to Chicago began in 1970.
The first terminal building was completed in time for the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California in 1960. The present ticketing lobby and concourses were built in 1979. The airport received its current name in 1994 (which honors both the city and the nearby popular tourist destination Lake Tahoe), when the terminal was named in honor of retired Air Force Reserve Major General and former U.S. Senator Howard Cannon. Prior to that the airport itself was named Cannon International Airport.
Reno-Tahoe International was the hub of Reno Air, a now-defunct airline that had MD-80s and MD-90s to many cities until it was bought by American Airlines and later disposed of, in 2001. Reno Air's first flight was on July 1, 1992, and its last flight was August 30, 1999. On New Year's Eve of 2003, Continental Airlines completed the installation of self check-in in the continental United States at Reno International.
The terminal was remodeled in 1996, 2009 and 2013. In 1996, the baggage claim and ticketing area were updated with technology and decor similar to Las Vegas. In 2008, the airport began a $70 million project that enhanced the baggage screening equipment and remodeled the ticketing area with a modern Tahoe theme; the project was entirely completed in 2010. To complete the renovations, the TSA ordered the shutdown of the ticketing area, so the airport built a full service heated/a/c temporary ticketing tent, which took up three lanes out of six in front of the airport for taxi, pick up and drop off. In March 2013, a $24 million expansion of the airport was completed and focused on a new centralized TSA Security Checkpoint on the ground level, and above it, a shopping/dining promenade called "High Mountain Marketplace" which consists of CNBC News, InMotion Entertainment, Brighton and No Boundaries Outdoor Apparel. Dining options include McDonald's, Timber Ridge Restaurant, among others, in the two concourses. Giant windows in the dining areas allow expansive views of the mountains and runways. Leading major airport designers designed the new spaces. With the new security checkpoint, travelers can now access both concourses without having to go through security. Future projects may include updates to the concourses.
The airport celebrated 75 years of service in November 2003.
On February 2014, the airport announced that Volaris planned to start operating non-stop service flights to Guadalajara, Mexico sometime in 2015. Since the DOT approved the route, it is Reno's first international non-stop service since 1999. On October 7, 2014, the DOT and the airport announced that Volaris would start a twice weekly flight to Guadalajara, Mexico from Reno on December 16, 2014.
In November 2014, Thomas Cook Airlines announced that it planned to introduce twice weekly, non-stop flights from London-Gatwick to Reno starting in December 2015. It would have been the first transatlantic route from Reno Airport. However, Thomas Cook Airlines canceled these plans in May 2015 stating insufficient border control capacities at the airport to handle their Airbus A330.
Reno/Tahoe International Airport covers 1,450 acres (587 ha) at an elevation of 4,415 feet (1,346 m). In the year ending June 30, 2018 the airport had 93,636 aircraft operations, average 256 per day: 47% airline, 38% general aviation, 13% air taxi, and 3% military. At that time 123 aircraft were based here: 74 single-engine, 18 multi-engine, 17 jet, 9 military, and 5 helicopter. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
It has three concrete runways: 16R/34L is 11,001 by 150 feet (3,353 x 46 m); 16L/34R is 9,000 by 150 feet (2,743 x 46 m); 7/25 is 6,102 by 150 feet (1,860 x 46 m). In fall 2010 the airport opened a new 200-foot (61-meter) ATCT to replace the 70-foot (21-meter) control tower that had been used for more than 50 years. It was designed by the Parsons Design Firm, responsible for the design of many other ATCT towers. The cost of the new tower was about 30 million dollars.
The passenger terminal is named after the late US Senator Howard Cannon. The lobby of the terminal has an exhibit with the bust of Nevada State Senator (and Nevada State Senate Minority Leader) William J. "Bill" Raggio. Raggio is described in the exhibit as being "The Father of the Airport Authority."
The airport is also host to Reno Air National Guard Base, an approximately 60-acre (24 ha) complex which was established on the west side of the airport in 1954 when Air National Guard units relocated from the former Stead Air Force Base in Reno.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides two concourses designated B and C with an overall 23 jet bridge gates.
Airlines serving Reno have around 140 flights daily to and from the airport, providing service to 22 cities non-stop and about 31 cities with a same plane one-stop flight. Each terminal used to have its own security area on the concourse level, but were replaced in March 2013 with a combined security area on the first floor for both terminals.
|Alaska Airlines|| Los Angeles (begins December 17, 2020),Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma|
Seasonal: Palm Springs (begins December 17, 2020)
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas|
|American Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Sky Harbor|
|American Eagle||Los Angeles, Phoenix-Sky Harbor|
|Delta Air Lines|| Salt Lake City|
Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
|Delta Connection||Los Angeles (begins December 19, 2020),Salt Lake City|
|Frontier Airlines||Denver, Las Vegas|
|JetBlue||Los Angeles, New York-JFK|
|Southwest Airlines|| Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, San Diego, San Jose (CA)|
Seasonal: Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love
|United Airlines|| Denver, San Francisco|
|United Express|| Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, San Francisco|
|Domestic destinations map|
|Ameriflight||Elko, Hayward, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Medford, Oakland, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Placerville, Sacramento-Executive, Sacramento-Mather, Salt Lake City, San Francisco|
|Boise, Great Falls, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland|
|UPS Airlines|| Denver, Des Moines, Louisville, Omaha, Portland (OR), Sacramento-Mather, Seattle-Boeing|
Seasonal: Kahului, Lubbock, Oakland, Ontario, Philadelphia
|1||Las Vegas, Nevada||299,000||Allegiant, Southwest|
|2||Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona||196,000||American, Southwest|
|3||Denver, Colorado||169,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|4||Los Angeles, California||163,000||American, Southwest, United|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||116,000||American|
|6||Salt Lake City, Utah||115,000||Delta|
|8||San Francisco, California||79,000||United|
|9||San Diego, California||71,000||Southwest|
|10||San Jose, California||70,000||Alaska, Southwest|
The airport provides convenient access to nine different rental car agencies with rental car pick up available right outside the terminal building. All nine rental car counters are located in the baggage glaim. After completing the rental agreement inside, vehicles may be collected from the parking structure located just outside the baggage claim.
The passenger waiting area for taxis and limousines is located outside of the D Doors located north of the baggage claim.
Public transportation to/from the airport is available via RTC Ride:
Complimentary hotel shuttles stop along the curb, outside the D Doors located north of the baggage claim, to pick up passengers.
Sound levels have been analyzed for over two decades at this airport, with one of the first studies being a comprehensive production of aircraft sound level contour maps. Later analysis was conducted to analyze sound levels at Kate Smith School and provide retrofitting to reduce sound levels through a Federal Aviation Administration grant.