Reno–Tahoe International Airport

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Reno–Tahoe International Airport
Reno-Tahoe International Airport Logo.svg
IATA: RNOICAO: KRNOFAA LID: RNO
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Reno–Tahoe Airport Authority
Serves Reno, Nevada
Location Reno, Nevada
Elevation AMSL 4,415 ft / 1,346 m
Coordinates 39°29′57″N 119°46′05″W / 39.49917°N 119.76806°W / 39.49917; -119.76806Coordinates: 39°29′57″N 119°46′05″W / 39.49917°N 119.76806°W / 39.49917; -119.76806
Website www.RenoAirport.com
Maps
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
RNO is located in Nevada
RNO
RNO
Location of airport in Nevada
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16R/34L 11,002 3,353 Concrete
16L/34R 9,000 2,743 Concrete
7/25 6,102 1,860 Concrete
Statistics (2012/2013)
Aircraft operations 82,787
Based aircraft 122
Passengers 3,431,986
Cargo (metric tonnes) 121,032,995 (54,890)
Sources: FAA[1] and airport web site[2]

Reno–Tahoe International Airport (IATA: RNOICAO: KRNOFAA LID: RNO) is a public and military use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southeast of downtown Reno, in Washoe County, Nevada.[1][3]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4] It is the second busiest commercial airport in Nevada after McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Reno–Tahoe International Airport is the 61st busiest commercial airport in the nation.

The Nevada Air National Guard has the 152nd Airlift Wing southwest of the airport's main terminal.

The passenger terminal is named after the late US Senator Howard Cannon.[5] The main lobby of the terminal contains an exhibit featuring 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."

History[edit]

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.[6][7] 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 1964, but the airport didn't rate a nonstop to Los Angeles until 1969; a nonstop to Chicago began in 1970.

Airport diagrams for 1955 and 1966

The first terminal building was completed in time for the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California in 1960. The current configuration of the ticketing lobby and concourses were built in 1979.[8] The airport received its current name in 1994, when the terminal was named in honor of retired Air Force Reserve Major General and former U.S. Senator Howard Cannon.[9] Prior to that the airport itself was named Cannon International Airport.

Reno–Tahoe International was the hub of Reno Air, a now-defunct medium sized airline that had MD-80 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.

The terminal was remodelled in 1996 and 2009. In 1996 the baggage claim and ticketing area was 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, it took up the entire 3 lanes out of 6 in front the airport for taxi, pick up and drop off.

Vendors in the airport have changed greatly over the years, following the 1996 renovation, such vendors included Pizza Hut, TCBY and a Cigar Store, Starbucks opened in the concourses in the late 90's and stayed there until the early 2000s. Recently, the airport has initiated healthier options for its food lineup, replacing Starbucks with Peets Coffee and Tea and other brand names for the concourses.

The airport celebrated 75 years of service in November 2003. Over the last 10 years more than $70 million have been put into investments to modernize and expand the airport. Reno–Tahoe Int'l has been ranked one of the top airports[by whom?] in the nation for increasing service rapidly.

Reno–Tahoe Airport Authority officials announced in early 2011 that a $5 million remodel of the baggage claim area will begin in late 2011 and be completed in mid to late 2012, the project will bring the new look and feel of the renovated ticket lobby to the baggage claim. Details will include rock and sandstone pillars, tiled floors and new LED lighting. Also announced in early 2011, the new TSA body scanners are arriving at Reno–Tahoe Int'l Airport Summer 2011 but by 2014, the security checkpoint will move downstairs in place of the now public area slot machines. Passengers will now only have to pass through one checkpoint and access a newly expanded food court and escalators to both concourses past the new checkpoint, construction will begin in 2012 or 2013.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Reno/Tahoe International Airport covers an area of 1,450 acres (587 ha) at an elevation of 4,415 feet (1,346 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with concrete surfaces: 16R/34L is 11,002 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).[1]

For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2012, the airport had 82,787 aircraft operations, an average of 226 per day: 48% scheduled commercial, 35% general aviation, 14% air taxi, and 3% military. At that time 122 aircraft were based here: 56% single-engine, 29% multi-engine, 7% military, 6% jet, and 3% helicopter.[1]

Military facilities and aircraft[edit]

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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 AFB in Reno. The base is home to the 152d Airlift Wing (152 AW), a Nevada Air National Guard unit operationally gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC) and equipped with C-130H Hercules aircraft. A tactical fighter and fighter-reconnaissance unit for most of its history, the 152 AW transitioned to a tactical airlift mission in 1995. The wing is the host unit for the base, which has over 1,100 Air National Guard personnel, both full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and Air Reserve Technicians (ART), as well as part-time traditional air national guardsmen.

Control tower[edit]

In the fall of 2010, the airport opened a new 200-foot (61-meter) ATCT replacing the old control tower for more than 50 years. The new tower is equipped with the latest in TRACON technology including ground radar. It cost over $30 million. It was designed by the Parsons Design Firm, responsible for the design of many other ATCT towers.

Terminals, airlines, and destinations[edit]

Reno–Tahoe International Airport provides 23 gates on 2 concourses for the airlines that it serves:

These airlines have around 140 flights daily to and from the airport, providing service to 15 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.

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Portland (OR), San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma C
Allegiant Air Las Vegas C
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth C
American Eagle Los Angeles C
Delta Air Lines Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
B
Delta Connection Salt Lake City B
Southwest Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego
Seasonal: Chicago-Midway
B
United Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Houston-Intercontinental
C
United Express Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Seasonal: Houston-Intercontinental
C
US Airways Phoenix C
US Airways Express Los Angeles (begins September 3, 2014), Phoenix C

Air cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Elko, Hayward, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Oakland, Phoenix, Placerville, Sacramento-Executive, Sacramento-Mather, Salt Lake City, San Francisco
Amerijet Columbus-Rickenbacker
FedEx Express Fresno, Las Vegas, Memphis, Oakland
UPS Airlines Denver, Des Moines, Louisville, Omaha, Ontario, Sacramento-Mather

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Reno/Tahoe (June 2013 – May 2014)[10]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Las Vegas, Nevada 358,000 Allegiant, Southwest
2 Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) 208,000 Southwest, US Airways
3 Los Angeles, California 174,000 American, Southwest, United
4 Denver, Colorado 167,000 Southwest, United
5 Salt Lake City, Utah 123,000 Delta
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 112,000 Alaska, Southwest
7 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 97,000 American
8 San Francisco, California 87,000 United
9 San Diego, California 65,000 Southwest
9 Portland, Oregon 65,000 Alaska, Southwest
Annual passenger traffic at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, 2006 thru 2013[11]
Year Passengers
2013 3,431,986
2012 3,479,122
2011 3,754,155
2010 3,822,485
2009 3,755,935
2008 4,434,638
2007 5,044,087
2006 5,000,663

International service[edit]

On February 2014, the airport announced that Aeromexico, JetBlue, and/or Volaris wants to start operating a non-stop service to Guadalajara sometime in 2015 (pending approval from the DOT).[12] If the DOT approves the route, it will be Reno's only non-stop service.

Airport development[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

Freeways and roads[edit]

TBA

Parking[edit]

TBA

Car rental[edit]

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 Baggage Claim. After completing the rental agreement inside, vehicles may be collected from the Parking Structure located just outside the Baggage Claim by the following companies:

Taxis and limousines[edit]

Taxi services are provided by the following companies and are available to customers on-site:

  • All Star Taxi
  • Anytime Taxi
  • Capital Cab
  • Fast Taxi
  • High Sierra Taxi
  • Independent Taxi
  • Lakeshore Taxi
  • North Shore Tahoe Transport
  • Reno-Sparks Cab
  • Truckee River Taxi
  • Whittlesea Checker Taxi
  • Yellow Cab of Reno

Limousine services are provided by the following companies and are available to customers on-site:

  • Aladdin Limousine Services
  • Bell Luxury Limousine
  • Discover Lake Tahoe
  • Executive Limousine Service, Inc.
  • La Dolce Vita
  • London Limousine
  • North Tahoe Executive Shuttle
  • North Tahoe Limousine
  • Reno-Tahoe Limousine
  • Sierra West Limousine
  • Sunset Limousine
  • Tahoe Sierra Transportation

The passenger waiting area for taxis and limousines is located outside of the D Doors located North of Baggage Claim.

Bus[edit]

Public transportation to/from the airport is available on the airport drive via RTC Ride:

  • Route No. 12, takes passengers to the Downtown 4th Street Station and Meadowood Mall.
  • Route No. 19 takes passengers to the Downtown 4th Street Station.RTC Ride.

The bus stops at Terminal Way & Villanova Street, which is a short walk from the north baggage claim via the marked pedestrian walkway.

Both routes operates only on weekdays.

Shuttles[edit]

Paid Shuttle Service is provided by the following companies:

  • Airport Mini Bus (Located inside the A and B Doors located West of Baggage Claim.)
  • North Lake Tahoe Express (Located near Door C.)
  • South Tahoe Express (Located adjacent to Door D in Baggage Claim.)

Hotel Shuttle Service is provided by the following companies:

Complimentary Hotel Shuttles stop along the curb, outside the D Doors located North of Baggage Claim, to pick up passengers. When you see your shuttle, please approach the vehicle and board. (Be advised the shuttle may not stop in front of you.) Please note, many other hotels in the Reno-Tahoe region also offer complimentary airport pick up.

Incidents[edit]

In the early morning hours of January 21, 1985, Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 took off from the airport for Minneapolis, Minnesota and crashed 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of the airport while the pilots were attempting an emergency landing after experiencing an unexpected vibration from under the wing. An investigation attributed the crash to pilot error for failing to maintain proper control over the aircraft while investigating the cause of the vibration. The vibration was later found to be caused by an open air start service door which the ground crew failed to secure before departure. All but 1 of the 71 passengers and crew onboard were killed.

Also in 1985, Roger Stockham, who would later be arrested for attempting to blow up a mosque in Michigan, was arrested at the airport for planting a pipe bomb and carrying an unregistered weapon.[13]

On April 13, 2011, a Cheyenne Lifeguard medical flight was forced to land at Reno–Tahoe International Airport without clearance, after the single overnight air traffic controller fell asleep in the tower. The incident, compounded by previous reports of sleeping contollers in 2011, led to the resignation of Air Traffic Organization chief executive Hank Krakowski.[14] The Federal Aviation Administration announced that 27 airports, including RNO, would be re-staffed with two air traffic controllers for overnight shifts.[15]

Sound levels[edit]

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.[16] 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.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for RNO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Reno–Tahoe International Airport, official web site
  3. ^ "Cannon International Airport". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ HotelsByCity.Net listing
  6. ^ Eddie Hubbard Pilot Extraordinaire
  7. ^ William Boeing and Eddie Hubbard deliver the first shipment of international airmail on March 3, 1919
  8. ^ 2007–08 budget of the Reno–Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA)
  9. ^ Airport Fact Sheet PDF (2.27 MB), Reno/Tahoe International Airport
  10. ^ "Reno–Tahoe, NV: Reno–Tahoe International (RNO)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.renoairport.com/airport-authority/facts-figures/statistics.
  12. ^ http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/reno-targets-volaris-for-guadalajara-nonstop-397629/
  13. ^ "Terror charges filed in plot to blow up Islamic Center". 
  14. ^ Scott Sonner (April 14, 2011). "FAA official resigns after sleeping controllers". Associated Press (Washington, D.C.: Google News). Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ Hidalgo, Jason (April 13, 2011). "FAA two-controller-at-night policy in Reno changed shortly after it was put in place". Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada). Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  16. ^ Vegelatos, Reno Cannon International Airport Contour Maps, prepared for the Reno Cannon International Airport (1985)
  17. ^ C.Michael Hogan and Ballard George, Aircraft Sound Insulation Study for the Kate Smith School, Sparks, Earth Metrics, prepared for the FAA, January 8, 1988

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