The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) is a quasi-municipal corporation that was created by the Nevada State
Legislature and began operation on July 1, 1978. RTAA is an
independent entity that is not part of any other unit of local
government and does not use local property or sales tax
revenue to fund its operation.
RTAA owns and operates Reno-Tahoe International and Reno-Stead airports. Reno International is the 64th busiest airport in
the nation with 3. 8 million passengers and 83,000 operations
per year. Reno-Stead Airport is a general aviation facility of
5,000 acres that is home to 200 based aircraft, as well as the
famous National Championship Air Races.
RTAA employs 250 staff members and approximately 2,600 people
work for independent businesses at both airports. Reno-Tahoe
International offers 54 daily commercial flights to 17 cities on
seven air carrier airlines — Southwest, American, United, Delta, US
Airways, Alaska/Horizon and Allegiant. Reno also is served by three
cargo carriers — UPS, Fed-Ex and DHL — that together carry 114
million pounds of cargo through the airport each year.
Reno International has benefitted from more than $250 million
in federal grants over the past decade. New lighting and landing
systems have been added, extensive repavement projects have
taken place and a new inline baggage system, control tower, fire
station and snow removal equipment building have opened in
the past three years.
The airport is situated on 1,500 acres and offers parallel runways
that are 9,000 feet and 11,000 feet long with a 6,100 foot
crosswind runway. The terminal has 23 gates on two concourses.
Atlantic Aviation is currently the sole fuel provider for general
aviation traffic at the airport, and significant tenants include the
Nevada Air National Guard, a Dassault Falcon maintenance facility
and Western Jet Aviation’s Gulfstream service center.
courses that were built in the early 1980s.
This checkpoint set-up placed most of the airport’s concessions before security checkpoints
and left no room to install Advanced Imaging
Technology (AIT) machines that TSA was requiring in airports. What looked like a problem to TSA
became an opportunity for Reno-Tahoe.
“We had heard there was new, less invasive
technology coming to replace the original AITs,”
Bart said. “We decided to design a project that
would move more concessions past security and
create a single consolidated checkpoint that could
house the new AIT technology.”
Working once again with Q&D Construction and
GS&P, the airport developed a project that would
welcome and send off the region’s customers in the
best way possible — thus the name Gateway. The
airport extended the Tahoe look and feel through
bag claim and into the concourses. At the same time,
Reno constructed a new centralized security check-
point and placed 80 percent of concessions past
security where passengers have more dwell time.
The $35 million Gateway was completed in
March 2013, just in time for the aviation community to arrive for the 85th Annual AAAE
Conference and Exposition. The project was paid
for with airport revenues, short-term bonds and
$8 million in private investment from the Paradies
Shops and SSP America.
“Our concessionaires supported our vision for
an improved travel experience by designing and
investing in new stores and restaurants that fit our
outdoor theme and offer terrific service to passengers,” Schultz said.
The new consolidated checkpoint is located on the
first floor and features the latest AIT technology and
plenty of room for growth. The new concessions are
on the second floor concourse where the ceiling was
raised to 18 feet to create a new courtyard area called
the High Mountain Market Place.
A new restaurant, Timber Ridge, looks out
over the mountains to the east of the airport
with 18-foot windows that bring natural light
into an area featuring a natural wood and stone
design that evokes images of a Tahoe lodge. New
stores include a Brighton Jewelry Boutique, No
Boundaries outdoor apparel, In Motion electronics
and a CNBC news and gift shop. McDonald’s also
has placed a new restaurant in the courtyard area.
“As passengers come and go from the airport,
we now offer a true sense of place,” Bart said.
“When you land at Reno-Tahoe, the airport makes
that all-important first and last impression.” A