Reno's airports act as economic engines

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RENO, Nev., (KOLO) Traffic is up at Reno's airports and so--it seems--is the impact it's having on the local economy.

Last year--for the first time in a decade--passenger volume through Reno-Tahoe International topped 4 million and that number continues to climb.

But a new economic study released by the airport authority Thursday says that's only part of the story.

The study--unveiled at a morning press conference--says the annual total economic impact of Reno-Tahoe and the Reno Stead airport is more than $3 billion dollars.

That number increased more than a billion dollars since the last study in 2012.

"$52 million that goes to local schools, local governments in tax revenue," says Merily Mora, President and CEO of the Airport Authority.. "So again I think people don't think about the airport being an economic generator."

The other big number in the study is jobs. More than four thousand are employed directly at the airports and another 20-thousand are supported in airport related industries.

Mora says activity at the airport shows no sign of slowing down. Later this year, the airport will be adding a tenth airline sun country - with service to Portland.