Airport News 
Fall 2017  

Marily Mora, President/CEO 
What a summer for us here at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where passenger numbers are up more than ten percent year-to-date and we've added seats and flights, giving the community more opportunities to take to the skies! In the past 18 months, 2,000 seats have been added each day, in and out of Reno-Tahoe International.

Not only have the number of passengers and seats increased, but we're proud to announce a new airline, more flights for winter, and new members to our Airport Board who are committed to continuing this positive trend.

In this quarter's edition of our e-newsletter, you will learn about exciting additions to the Board of Trustees, RNO's newest airline Frontier, results of our annual safety inspection, and fun airport events that we are proud to host.  

We hope to see you soon at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Marily M. Mora, A.A.E.
President and CEO

Meet the Airport Authority Board of Trustees

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board has a new look since four new board members and a new Chairman took their seats this past July.

Chairman Shaun Carey
Shaun Carey , appointed by the City of Sparks, was named Chairman of the nine member board. Carey previously served as the Sparks City Manager for 14 years and spent more than three decades in public service. He holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a retired licensed Professional Engineer in Nevada, California and Colorado. Carey was appointed to the Airport Board of Trustees in April 2017.

"The airport is part of the economic engine that helps drive the vitality of northern Nevada," Carey said. "I am already enjoying working with the Board of Trustees and the professional staff at the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority."

Carol Chaplin New Board Member, Carol Chaplin, has been in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Lake Tahoe area for more than 35 years. She has served as the President/CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and the Executive Director of the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority since 2008. She is a director on the Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC) board and is co-chair of RASC's marketing committee. Chaplin is a board member for the Tahoe Prosperity Center, and serves on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency working group for basin-wide sustainable recreation and environmental education and stewardship. Chaplin was appointed by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

Daniel Farahi Daniel Farahi is the Director of Development Services for Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. He is a member of the Airport's Master Plan Working Group and was formerly a member of the Airport's Community Outreach Committee. Farahi earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Columbia Business School and worked as a management consultant in the financial services sector. Farahi was appointed by the City of Reno.

Richard Jay Richard Jay has served more than 30 years in community leadership roles in the Reno/Tahoe area. Currently working as First Vice President/Investment Officer for a major brokerage firm, Richard brings a strong analytical perspective to the Airport Board. He also serves on the City of Reno Financial Advisory Board, and is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Sparks Rotary, and the Reno Youth Sports Association. In 2012, the Moana Sports Fields were renamed the Richard L. Jay Fields by the City of Reno. Jay was appointed by the City of Reno.

Art Sperber Art Sperber is a Senior Project Manager with a Nevada based transportation engineering firm. With more than 30 years of Nevada consulting work experience, Sperber has a strong background in both air and surface transportation including: construction administration, quality assurance, contractor quality control, and civil materials testing. He served as a Planning Commissioner on both the City of Sparks and the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency. Sperber was appointed by the City of Sparks.

In addition to the Chair and new members, four other Airport Board of Trustees continue their service:
Nat Carasali who was appointed by the Washoe County Commission in 2013; Lisa Gianoli who was appointed by the Washoe County Commission in 2015;
and Jenifer Rose and Jessica Sferrazza who were appointed by the City of Reno in 2015.

Airport Trustees are appointed to the Board by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Reno-Tahoe International is the 66th busiest commercial airport in the United States and does not operate on local tax dollars.

For more information on this diverse, business-minded Board, visit

Safety First: Airport Passes Annual Inspection With Flying Colors     

As part of all United States commercial airport safety requirements, RNO must complete a detailed, comprehensive inspection each year, conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration, to be certified to land commercial aircraft. This rigorous inspection is called Part 139 and was recently performed at Reno-Tahoe International Airport where we passed with flying colors.

Completion of a successful Part 139 Inspection truly requires a high level of teamwork, and the RNO team, worked tirelessly for months, at all hours of the day and night to make this successful inspection happen. From the Airfield Maintenance team who patched pavements, striped and painted pavement markings, and repaired lights and electrical systems; to the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) team who trained year-round, conducted inspections, and successfully responded to mid-field in under three minutes when the FAA inspector called; to the Airside Operations team who coordinated construction efforts by arranging runway closures, conducted daily inspection of runways and taxiways, and met annual training requirements.

Pavement markings
Proper airfield pavement markings like these are just one of a myriad of requirements during the annual FAA inspection.

In addition, the airport's engineering team works hard every year to inspect pavements and regularly manage projects to patch, repair and replace those pavements and keep the signage plans up to date.  And Airport Police conduct regular perimeter checks of the airfield on every shift.

All of this work is done to ensure a safe airfield for the 3.6 million passengers to land and depart as they travel through Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

This year, the FAA gave the RNO team rave reviews for the pavement maintenance, the freshness of the painted markings, the directional signage, and all of the record keeping required to meet the Part 139 Standards.  The inspector went as far as to say that he considers Reno-Tahoe International a model airport in regard to the Part 139 Standards. We are proud of those results because we consider safety and security our number one priority at Reno-Tahoe International.

Airport Offers Non-Stop Getaways    

The Non-Stop Getaways from Reno-Tahoe International Airport promotion that launched in mid-March has ended, but the free, fun trips for our lucky winners in the community keep on going!

In August, the airport gave away its 20th trip in 20 weeks. There were more than 80,000 entries total for the airport's giveaway promotion. RNO partnered with six of our airlines to promote our non-stop destinations through trip giveaways to local traveling public.

For a complete list of the airlines that serve RNO and where they fly, click here:

Orange County Winner
Janet D. from Reno was the 10th Getaways winner with a trip to Orange County on Alaska 

If you'd like to see more photos and read stories about the winners and their trips, visit the airport website here:
About the Reno-Tahoe
Airport Authority
Reno-Tahoe International Airport operates without state or local tax dollars. All operating revenues are generated from tenant and concession fees.
In This Issue

With a New Airline and New Flights, Reno-Tahoe International Airport Soars 
Just in time for the holidays, Frontier Airlines is returning to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, offering non-stop service between Denver and Reno. 

Frontier Airlines

Starting Nov. 21, 2017, th e new Denver flight will operate three times a week on an Airbus 320 with 180 seats. It will depart Reno at 1:10 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 4:21 p.m. It will depart Denver at 10:55 a.m. and arrive in Reno at 12:19 p.m.
"Landing Frontier back in our region is really a testament to the area's economic success and the hard work of our air service team and our community partners," said Airport Authority President Marily Mora. "Frontier previously served RNO, but left ten years ago. Their return brings us to a total of nine airlines, and that is truly impressive for a community our size."

In addition to Frontier, Reno-Tahoe International recently announced a number of new flights for the winter season on various airlines.

Following last year's record winter snowfall, RNO's airlines are adding several flights to their winter schedules, making it easier to reach the slopes of the Sierra this upcoming ski season. For a complete list of the winter flight additions, please click here.
"It's thanks to the great relationship the airport has built with our carriers that we can offer these winter flights," Mora said. "Now it's up to the community to fill these seats and support the flights in our region." 

By the Numbers:
Reno-Tahoe International Airport  served 400,754 passengers in July 2017, an increase of 12.3% versus the same period last year. This makes the 26th consecutive month of positive passenger growth. Also in July 2017, the total seat capacity at RNO increased 9.4% and flights increased 4.6% when compared to July 2016.

Year-to-date, RNO served
2,312,893 passengers, which is an increase of 10.1% when compared to the same period in 2016.
Burning Man Wrap Up 2017

Just like the plastic bags the airlines use to wrap up dust covered bags from the playa, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) has wrapped up Burning Man for this year.

Burning Man bag wrapped in plastic
All bags from the Playa are wrapped in plastic to protect the airport's bag belts.

The annual Burning Man Festival brought more than 20,000 tired and dusty Burners through the terminal and RNO was happy to host them.

Burning Man is the single largest annual event to pass through the airport, with an estimated economic impact of $11 million, from airline ticket sales, car rentals, and money spent in the restaurants and retail shops. Burning Man is great business for the airport and for the region.
The airport welcomes this unique group in a variety of ways: from setting up a welcome & information area called Air Playa Info in Baggage Claim, to an eight foot tall Mini-Man in the terminal, or through our partnership with the Kiwanis Club to collect bikes brought back  from the playa and refurbish them for children in the community. Kiwanis hit a record number of bikes this year at RNO, with 124 returned at the airport.

Airport's Kindness Team Welcomed Burners with Gifts
Airport's Kindness Team handed out sunscreen, chapstick and anti-bacterial wipes to welcome Burners
Reno-Tahoe International works closely with the airlines to offer extra customer service to support this large group and airport custodial staff works to keep the facility clean during the busy departure days over Labor Day weekend.

Burning Man Attendee
Along with their bags, Burners bring back fine playa dust that covers the terminal floor and must be cleaned by airport custodial staff

Burning Man puts the "international" in Reno-Tahoe International with over 36 different countries traveling through the airport from as far away countries as Poland, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Mongolia, Brazil, Thailand, Russia and beyond. Proving that you really can fly to Reno-Tahoe from anywhere in the world.
Airport Salutes Honor Flight Veterans   

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is proud to welcome home veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Join us in celebrating our nation's heroes at three homecomings this fall. The first is Sun., Sept. 24th at 11:45 am. Stay tuned for more details on the October and November flights.


Where We Fly 
Reno-Tahoe International offers 9 airlines with 128 non-stop arrivals & departures a day to/from 21 exciting cities. Plan your travel today by clicking on the airline links below. 

Flights From Reno-Tahoe International Airport

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