Reno–Tahoe International Airport

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Reno–Tahoe International Airport
Reno-Tahoe International Airport Logo.svg
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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
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
RNO is located in Nevada
Location of airport in Nevada
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] 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.


Early years[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.[4][5] 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.

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.[6] 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.[7] 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 remodeled in 1996, 2009 and 2013. 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. 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 McDonalds, Timber Ridge Restaurant, among others in the two concourses. There are giant windows in the dining areas that 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. Over the last 10 years more than $70 million have been put into investments to modernize and expand the airport.

International service[edit]

On February 2014, the airport announced that Volaris planned to start operating non-stop service flights to Guadalajara, Mexico sometime in 2015 (pending approval from the DOT).[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] However, Thomas Cook Airlines canceled these plans in May 2015 stating insufficient border control capacities at the airport to handle their Airbus A330.[11][12]



Aerial view of Reno Airport

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. 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] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[13]

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] In the fall of 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 approximately 30 million dollars.

The passenger terminal is named after the late US Senator Howard Cannon.[14] 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."

Military facilities[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 Air Force Base in Reno.


Terminal interior

Reno–Tahoe International Airport provides two concourses with an overall 23 jet bridge gates.

Concourse B[edit]

Concourse B has 11 gates (B1 to B11). As of May 28, 2015, 3 Carriers operate out of Concourse B, with 9 of the 11 gates being utilized.

Concourse C[edit]

Concourse C has 12 gates (C1 to C12). As of November 9, 2014, 6 Carriers operate out of Concourse C, with all 12 gates being utilized.

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 and destinations[edit]


A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 being pushed back
Airlines Destinations Concourse
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Boise, Orange County (begins March 16, 2016),[15] Portland (OR), San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma C
Allegiant Air Las Vegas C
American Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix C
American Eagle Los Angeles, Phoenix C
Delta Air Lines Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Seasonal: Salt Lake City B
JetBlue Airways New York–JFK B
Southwest Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland (resumes June 5, 2016),[16] Phoenix, San Diego
Seasonal: Chicago–Midway
United Airlines Denver, San Francisco C
United Express Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental
Volaris Guadalajara C


Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Elko, Hayward, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Medford, Oakland, Phoenix, Placerville, Sacramento–Executive, Sacramento–Mather, Salt Lake City, San Francisco
FedEx Express Fresno, Las Vegas, Memphis, Oakland
UPS Airlines Denver, Des Moines, Louisville, Omaha, Sacramento–Mather
Seasonal: Kahului, Lubbock, Oakland, Ontario, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Seattle–Boeing


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from RNO (Nov. 2014 – Oct. 2015)[17]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Las Vegas, Nevada 369,000 Allegiant, Southwest
2 Phoenix, Arizona 210,000 American, Southwest, US Airways
3 Los Angeles, California 180,000 American, Southwest, United
4 Denver, Colorado 174,000 Southwest, United
5 Salt Lake City, Utah 113,000 Delta
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 101,000 American
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 101,000 Horizon
8 San Francisco, California 88,000 United
9 San Diego, California 72,000 Southwest
10 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 55,000 American

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at RNO, 2006 thru 2015[18]
Year Passengers Change
2006 5,000,663 -
2007 5,044,087 Increase 0.87%
2008 4,434,638 Increase 12.08%
2009 3,755,935 Decrease 15.30%
2010 3,822,485 Increase 1.8%
2011 3,754,155 Decrease 1.8%
2012 3,479,122 Decrease 7.3%
2013 3,431,986 Decrease 1.4%
2014 3,298,915 Decrease 3.9%
2015 3,432,657 Increase 3.9%

Ground transportation[edit]

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.


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

  • Route No. 12, takes passengers either to Downtown 4th Street Station or Meadowood Mall and stops at Terminal Way & Villanova Street, which is a short walk from the north baggage claim via the marked pedestrian walkway.
  • Route No. 19 takes passengers to Downtown 4th Street Station and stops outside the baggage claim. This route operates only on weekdays.


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.


  • 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.
  • 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.[21] The Federal Aviation Administration announced that 27 airports, including RNO, would be re-staffed with two air traffic controllers for overnight shifts.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24]

See also[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. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ Eddie Hubbard Pilot Extraordinaire
  5. ^ William Boeing and Eddie Hubbard deliver the first shipment of international airmail on March 3, 1919
  6. ^ 2007–08 budget of the Reno–Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA)
  7. ^ Airport Fact Sheet PDF (2.27 MB), Reno/Tahoe International Airport
  8. ^ Reed Business Information Limited. targets-volaris-for-guadalajara-nonstop-397629/ "Reno targets Volaris for Guadalajara nonstop" Check |url= value (help). 
  9. ^ "10-07-2014 - New International Service to Guadalajara Pending Customs Approval". Reno-Tahoe International Airport. 
  10. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines to Launch London Gatwick – Reno Service starting December 2015". 
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  13. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  14. ^ "Reno/Tahoe International Airport Information -". 
  15. ^ Thomas, Pat (November 3, 2015). Alaska Airlines Kicking Off Nonstop Reno-Orange County Service. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  16. ^ "Reno flights to Oakland a sign of 'thriving economy'". Reno Gazette Journal. December 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Reno–Tahoe, NV: Reno–Tahoe International (RNO)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Statistics". Reno-Tahoe International Airport. 
  19. ^ "Harrah's Reno". Harrah's Reno. 
  20. ^ "Terror charges filed in plot to blow up Islamic Center". 
  21. ^ Scott Sonner (April 14, 2011). "FAA official resigns after sleeping controllers". Associated Press (Washington, D.C.: Google News). Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ Vegelatos, Reno Cannon International Airport Contour Maps, prepared for the Reno Cannon International Airport (1985)
  24. ^ 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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