Over the past few years we have been blogging about the tremendous benefits and growth in business in Northern Nevada. And today, the story continues with a recent announcement from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport about their plans to keep up with the trend.
A recent story in our local paper touted the news about the airport’s master plan committee moving forward with a review of their current plan and surveys that will guide them into their future. It’s a 16-month process of which much of the details will focus on their forecasting of commercial service and air cargo use, along with general aviation and military operations within the next 20 years.
Based on those projections, the airport will present base-growth, low-growth and high-growth scenarios for 2021, 2026 and 2036.
“We’ve seen phenomenal growth in our community and diversification of the economy. We thought it was a perfect time to look 20 years in the future and see where we need to go,” said Brian Kulpin, vice president of marketing and public affairs for the RTIA in an interview at the March 16 public unveiling and discussion of the first phase of the study at the Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel. “We want to know where we need to grow and foresee the challenges that lie ahead.”
As with all airport master plans, the Federal Aviation Administration will be involved as will all relative business, tourism, and transportation organizations. Mead & Hunt, a national firm that specializes in airport master planning was the lead firm in the planning process. Several other expert aviation firms from across the country were enlisted to assist in master plan studies.
The story continued to detail the costs of a project of this magnitude.
“Nearly 94 percent of the master plan is funded by the FAA, which equates to $1,416,851 with the RTIA contributing another $94,457. The RTIA’s share of the funding will come from passenger facility charges. No public tax dollars are being used to fund the master plan process.”