Thanks to a record-setting snow fall and tremendous growth in businesses moving to the Reno/Tahoe area, the Reno/Tahoe International Airport has secured more flights from key markets that will start service to the area this winter.  According to Brian Kulpin, spokesman for Airport, “The extra flights bring up the number of total seats available for the winter season to its highest level in more than 10 years. This is also the earliest that the airport has seen these many additional seasonal flights announced for the winter season.”

As owners of our commercial office space on Lake Tahoe’s north shore, that’s good news to us as well.  We are seeing a continued interest in families as well as companies choosing to move to

“It’s a direct reflection of the winter we had last year and the economy we have in the region right now,” Kulpin said.

Kulpin also credited the efforts of community members in helping the airport drive air service to the area and improve the region’s relationship with the various carriers. This includes ongoing efforts to boost the number of available flights during big events such as Burning Man, Safari Club International and the recently announced Interbike expo, which is moving to Reno from Las Vegas.

Here’s a list of the additional flights announced for winter:

  • Atlanta: Delta Air Lines will offer daily nonstop service from late December to early January. The route will then be offered once a week from mid-January until the end of March.
  • Chicago O’Hare: This United Airlines flight was originally planned to run only through the summer. United, however, will start providing nonstop service twice a week from late December to the beginning of April.
  • Denver:Frontier Airlines will start new nonstop service three times a week in late November.
  • Houston: Another United flight, this nonstop daily service runs from late December all the way through the end of April.
  • Las Vegas: Allegiant Air will increase its service to Sin City up to six times per week starting in mid-November and into February.
  • Long Beach: JetBlue will be increasing its service to twice a day for a limited amount of time in February.
  • Minneapolis: Another route from Delta, this nonstop service will run five times per week starting in late December and run until early January. After that, it will run once a week until the end of March.

Kulpin says it is possible that more seasonal routes could be added between now and the winter season.