March 12, 2014
Passenger traffic dropped about four percent last month at Reno-Tahoe International Airport but cargo business was up for the 13th month in a row.
Airport officials say the four-point-three percent drop in
passenger travel mirrored a five-point-seven percent decrease
nationally in March.
They blame skyrocketing oil prices as well as a number of
bankruptcies and consolidations in the industry, fewer departures
and smaller jets.
Also hurting the airlines was the fact that the Passover and
Easter holidays also fell in April this year.
Airport Executive Director Krys (KRIHS) Bart says the
seven-point-six percent growth in cargo traffic boosted
year-to-date numbers to nearly 12-and-one-half percent ahead of
last year. She says it's a sign of significant growth in the