The Airport Authority

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

rtaalogobk300_300The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is the owner and operator of the Reno-Tahoe International and Reno-Stead Airports. It is governed by a nine member Board of Trustees, operates as a business, and receives no local tax dollars.

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is an important asset to the region, generating a total annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. The airport functions like a small city with over 2,400 employees working for a variety of companies. It takes the dedication and service of these employees working together to make that all important first and last impression on travelers to and from the region.

At Your Service

As the 62nd busiest commercial airport in the nation, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) serves approximately 4.1 million passengers per year. Located only 5 minutes from downtown Reno and 40 minutes from some of the finest ski resorts and outdoor recreation in the world, Reno-Tahoe International is the Gateway to Lake Tahoe and the entire region.

There are 11 different airlines that offer service at Reno-Tahoe International with 15,000 seats available through the airport each day. The airport also prides itself on a high level of customer service and convenience.

Free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a cell phone waiting lot, and three dog parks are all part of the customer service culture at Reno-Tahoe International. Click on the tool bar to learn more about the facility that the Air Transport Research Society named the second most efficient airport in North America.
Below is a general overview of the different airport responsibilities for which each organization is responsible.

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

  • emergency personnel
  • canine unit
  • clean restrooms
  • parking services
  • snow removal
  • building & road maintenance

Transportation Security Administration

  • baggage screening
  • security checkpoint screening
  • new security mandates


  • arrival/departure monitor input
  • baggage claim
  • curbside skycap check-in
  • wheelchair service
  • provide lights and set ticket prices

Retailers/Private Business

  • retail stores
  • food and beverage
  • news and gifts
  • ground transportation
  • slot machines
  • Smarte Cartes
  • advertising
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