Additional Flights Coming To Reno Airport

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With many airlines on the brink of bankruptcy and tourism down all across the country, the Reno Tahoe International Airport is bucking the trend.

Seven airlines have announced that they will be either expanding service or beginning service at the airport.

The airport says the main reason for the increase in service is demand. The Reno Tahoe International Airport currently boasts one of the best load rates in the country, meaning flights leaving this airport are usually full or nearly full.

At the "Travel at Caughlin Ranch" agency, business is brisk. The agency says the airlines have not kept up with local demand but some new flights out of the Reno Tahoe International Airport will help.

"It helps replace the flights we lost after 9-11 and also it's really positive because new flights are coming in and are providing better service for connections to the east coast, to Europe and to Hawaii," said Barbara Gardner of the travel agency.

The new flights look like this . . .

* In April, Southwest added Saturday-only service to Burbank and San Diego,
* Just last week, United added two more daily nonstops to San Francisco, bringing the total now to six nonstops a day,
* On June 8th, Alaska will add two flights a day to LAX, those flights will connect with nonstops to Mexico,
* On June 15th, Frontier Airlines will add an additional daily nonstop to Denver, bringing that routes total to two,
* On July 2nd, Aloha Airlines will add a daily flight to Honolulu - the flight will stop in Orange County, and:
* Later in July, Continental will add an additional nonstop flight to Houston.

The airport attributes the growth to three things - keeping the gate fees low, actively recruiting and offering incentives to airlines and demand, demand, demand. . .

Said Adam Mayberry of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport: "We're seeing record load factors - we're seeing load factors in the high 80's to 90's and when you have planes flying in and out of this airport with those load factors, clearly the demand is not being met."

And the airport says more airlines are on the way. The airport is currently in talks with Jet Blue, a low cost carrier on the east coast, and other airlines will be making announcements shortly.