2017 was busy at Reno-Tahoe Int'l Airport

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- This holiday travel season may be coming to an end, but it's helping to contribute to a year Reno-Tahoe International Airport hasn't seen in a long time.

The season is capping off a very successful year. The airport is expecting to finish serving just under four million passengers.

"It's a good economic indicator for our community that we have a lot of people, who are doing well enough to travel. People getting onboard flights again and that is a great thing to see," said Brian Kulpin, Spokesperson for Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

In 2016, around 3.6 million people passed through the airport. Kulpin says the airport hasn't seen similar numbers since 2009. Back then around seven airlines served the community; now there are nine.

"For a community our size, that is an unheard of number of airlines to serve a region of about 400,000 people” said Kulpin.

Kulpin expects around 12,000 to 13,000 people to use the airport from now to January 2.

He says it's the partnership the airport has created with local businesses to attract the airlines to the region and it's a partnership they plan to continue.

"We are always working to add more. If something has wings, we are out there talking to it," said Kulpin.