RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) reports that for the first time in ten years, it handled more than four million passengers in one year. The numbers for 2017 were an increase of 9.6 percent over 2016. The last time RTIA recorded four million was 2008.
The airport also says the number of seats available into and out of Reno rose 9.5 percent over 2016. Airport officials say that's because of airlines bringing larger planes into the airport, with four new destinations added. Southwest began flying nonstop to Dallas Love Field in January 2017, and to San Jose in June. United Airlines started service to Chicago O’Hare in June and Frontier Airlines added Denver in November.
President and CEO Marily Mora says in conjunction with dozens of regional partners including the Regional Air Service Corporation, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the airport’s air service development team and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees are working with airlines to bring new destinations to Reno.
“The new non-stop flight on Frontier to Austin announced this month only cements the fact that Reno has the attention of our airline partners,” Mora says. “While the airlines are ultimately responsible for the routes they fly, the tremendous support we receive from RASC, RSCVA and the business community enables us to work as a team for the good of all. This regional support is paramount to retaining existing service and obtaining new flights in the future.”
Reno-Tahoe International Airport ended the year with increased passenger counts during the holidays. In December 2017, the airport served 321,857 passengers, an increase of 7.1 percent versus December 2016. This represents 31 consecutive months of year-over-year monthly passenger growth.
Air cargo recorded a slight downward shift from its high of more than 156,000,000 pounds in 2016. In 2017 the airport handled 152,135,268 pounds total, according to airport officials.
As of February 2018, Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers 59 daily departures to 21 destinations on nine commercial airlines with 6,946 daily departing seats available. With seasonal flights, that number grows to 23 destinations.