Reno–Tahoe International Airport
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located near Reno, Nevada. The airport is the principle airport serving the Reno metropolitan area and is close to the Lake Tahoe area, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Tahoe is best known for its world-class ski resorts and outdoor recreation facilities. The elevation of the airport is at 4,415 feet above sea level. A joint operation with the military, the airport also is home to the 152nd Airlift Wing of the Nevada Air National Guard.
History of the Reno-Tahoe Airport
Construction of the airport began in 1929. The airport was originally named Hubbard Field. Eddie Hubbard, the Vice President of Boeing Air Transport orchestrated the project. United Airlines later purchased the airport before selling it to the City of Reno. By 1953, there were 15 daily scheduled departures. The departures were increased to 28 over the next ten years. Today, there are more than 70 daily scheduled departures from Reno-Tahoe International Airport. In 1960, the terminal building was constructed to handle passengers coming for the 1960 Winter Olympics in nearby Squaw Valley, California. Non-stop flights to Los Angeles began in 1969, followed by a non-stop service to Chicago the next year. It’s present-day layout of the ticketing areas and concourses were constructed in the late 1970s. The former name for Reno-Tahoe International Airport was Cannon International Airport. The airport was named after U.S. Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada. Cannon was also a Major General in the United States Air Force Reserves. The main terminal also bears the Cannon name.
The airport was remodeled twice. In 1996, the airport upgraded its ticketing and baggage claim areas. In 2008, another remodeling project took place with enhanced baggage screening. The remodeling took two years to complete. At the request of the TSA, the ticketing area closed down, leading to the airport to construct a temporary ticketing area that consumed three lanes of the airport’s taxi, pick up and drop off area. In 2003, Reno-Tahoe International Airport celebrated its 75th year of serving the Reno-Tahoe area.
As air service is on the rise, over $70 million is being invested for possible expansions and modernization of the airport. Already, $5 million is invested to remodel the baggage claim area. TSA body-scanners arrived in 2011. There are plans currently in place to move the security checkpoint to a lower level of the airport. Reno-Tahoe is currently the 60th most-busiest airport in the United States and is one of the top airports for its rapid increase in services. Each year, more than 4.4 million passengers travel to and from the Reno-Tahoe area via the airport. In 2010, the airport completed a $30 million project that resulted in the construction of a new control tower. The tower was complete with new TRACON technology that upgraded the radar systems on the ground. A current project is place to give the airport a new look and feel. These looks will include pillars made of rock and sandstone, LED lighting and new tiled flooring.
The airport also provides a three-level 24-hour parking facility located near the terminal. A long-term parking area is also located south of the terminal.