Reno Tahoe International Airport
The Reno Tahoe International Airport is Reno Nevada’s airport that serves flights for areas in the metropolitan area of Reno, western Nevada, and parts of eastern California. It is the closest commercial airport to the famous holiday and ski resort destination, Lake Tahoe. The airport was originally known as the Reno-Cannon International Airport which was in tribute to the former U.S. Senator Howard Cannon, and still has a terminal building named for him.
The airport was constructed in 1929 by Boeing Air transport, and was sold to United Airlines in 1936 which operated continuously until it was bought by the City of Reno in 1953. The airport’s terminal building was completed in 1960 just in time to serve air travelers with destinations to the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. In 1994, the Cannon Terminal was completed.
Reno Tahoe International Airport is the second most bustling airport in the state of Nevada after the Las Vegas airport, Mc Carran International. It used to be the hub of Reno Air, a medium-sized airline that offered non-stop MD-90 and MD-80 service to many cities, until it was bought and taken over by American Airlines.
Over the past ten years, the Reno Tahoe International Airport has undergone exceptional growth, with an increase in passenger traffic by 120%. In 1999, over 6.1 million passengers traveled through the airport, and within the same year over 103 million pounds of air cargo was shipped through the air port, with an increase of seven percent over the previous year.
Located less than ten minutes from downtown Reno, that airport is adjacent to US Highway 395 with easy entrance to the Sierra Mountains and Lake Tahoe. Those who fly through Reno Tahoe International Airport are treated to the picturesque views of the Truckee Meadows and frequently get a “bird’s eye view” of the stunning Lake Tahoe.
There are more than ninety-one daily departures out of Reno Tahoe International Airport to over fifty North American cities. The airport caters to airlines and destinations including: Alaska Airlines -Seattle/Tacoma; Horizon Air -Los Angeles, Portland OR; Aloha Airlines -Santa Ana; American Airlines -Chicago O’Hare/Forth Worth; Continental Airlines -Houston Intercontinental; Delta Airlines -Atlanta, Salt Lake City; Frontier Airlines-Denver; Southwest Airlines -Las Vegas, Boise, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Oakland, Portland OR, San Diego, Salt Lake City, San Jose CA, and Seattle/Tacoma.
A wide range of ground transportation conveniently awaits travelers upon their arrival at the Reno Tahoe International Airport. The airport also has a parking structure with two-thousand-four-hundred spots linked to the main terminal through a skywalk. Nine major rental car companies are also on-site, plus numerous shuttle bus service, taxi companies, and limousine services on hand.
The airport is a totally self-sufficient facility, and no taxpayer money is used in running the airport. It is sustained by fees and rentals collected from the airport tenants and are directed by the Board of Trustees chosen by the City Councils of Reno and Sparks, and the Washoe County Commission.
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