Reno-Tahoe targets five key unserved domestic routes and potential international expansion

American Airlines began daily nonstop service from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Austin, TX, an unserved route since 2018, in September 2021.

After a two-year hiatus, Team RNO was excited to return to in-person conversations with airlines at the recent Routes Americas, and “San Antonio offered a beautiful venue for this to take place”. Reno-Tahoe International Airport had 17 airline meetings, of which eight were with incumbents. “With the industry continuing to make adjustments due to Covid effects, our objective going into these meetings was primarily to touch base with each of them. We wanted to learn the airline’s current strategy and where RNO may fit into their future plans, as well as take the opportunity to tell the story of how the Reno-Tahoe region has benefited and grown from the pandemic. Routes allowed us to do just that.”

Domestic targets: Boston, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Nashville, and Washington D.C.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport’s newest entrant, aha!, operated by ExpressJet, commenced operations in October 2021. aha! is based at RNO and offers 10 nonstop routes: Bakersfield, Eureka, Fresno, and Ontario, CA., Bend, Eugene, and Medford, OR., and Pasco and Spokane, WA. The newest route is Palm Springs, which began in January 2022.

Team RNO’s primary objective is to retain the flights it currently has. However, it is always looking for opportunities to grow, whether this means the expansion of seasonal service to year-round, up-gauging equipment, or bringing in a new route or new air carrier. “Domestically, we are targeting Boston, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Nashville, and Washington D.C., but there is also the potential to expand our international offerings to include Canada.”

Currently, RNO is served by 11 airlines with 30 nonstop destinations. Over the past two years, two new airlines have begun service at RNO. JSX began service in September 2020, and the newest entrant, aha!, operated by ExpressJet, commenced operations in October 2021. “JSX currently offers three nonstop routes: Burbank and Orange County, CA, and Las Vegas, NV,” explains Team RNO. “aha! is based at RNO and offers 10 nonstop routes: Bakersfield, Eureka, Fresno, and Ontario, CA., Bend, Eugene, and Medford, OR., and Pasco and Spokane, WA. The newest route is Palm Springs, which began in January 2022. Additionally, American Airlines began daily nonstop service to Austin, TX, an unserved route since 2018, in September 2021.”

RNO’s $3.1 billion annual economic impact

As the aviation industry grows, airports will continue to get busier, and more people will want to fly. “This is exciting, and we have unlimited opportunity in this industry and at RNO. We will be hard at work in the coming years to keep up with the pace of a growing region, implementing new technology and more modern facilities that will give the travelling public what they have come to expect from our airport – a quick, easy, and comfortable airport experience.”

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is nestled in the heart of northern Nevada, surrounded by vast desert landscapes, snow-capped mountains and just a short distance from Lake Tahoe. Team RNO explains that this unique geography makes the airport a vital transportation hub. “Driving to California requires a sometimes-harrowing trek over Donner Pass, a 7,056-foot-high mountain pass, which is no stranger to closures during the winter months. Some of the closest large cities, such as Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, are a seven-hour drive through open road and desert. The remoteness of the region underscores the important role RNO plays in moving people, cargo and medical supplies, while taking the area to new heights. With a $3.1 billion annual economic impact expected to increase with our future infrastructure investments, RNO is poised to be an important economic driver for years to come.”

RNO to host 2022 JumpStart Air Service Development Conference

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is hosting the 2022 JumpStart Air Service Development Conference (13-15 June), providing an invaluable opportunity to bring airlines to the region to experience it first-hand. “Not only is tourism thriving in the Reno-Tahoe region, with the gem of the Sierra, Lake Tahoe, in our backyard, but so is business,” says Team RNO. “In 2021, 25 new companies entered the region, with 11 being corporate headquarters. Northern Nevada has diversified its economy and the area has so much to offer beyond the traditional tourism we are known for. We are a region on the rise. Population, wages, and consumer spending are all increasing. Additionally, the Reno-Tahoe originating traffic is almost equal to the visiting traffic, making Reno-Tahoe a sound investment for our aviation partners. Hosting JumpStart 2022 will give us the ability to showcase our region. Pictures and words rarely do it justice, but a visit is… priceless!”

JSX currently offers three nonstop routes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport: Burbank and Orange County, CA, and Las Vegas, NV.


Comments

  1. GS in PDX says:

    Potential non-stop route from RNO to HNL, using HA’s new A321LRs? Or, maybe a new AS route utilizing their new Max9s? It will be interesting to see if either of them jump on this opportunity to develop an air connection.

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