About the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Established by the Nevada State Legislature on July 1, 1978, (history photo gallery) the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) owns and operates both Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and Reno-Stead Airport (RTS), but its role goes way beyond runways and taxiways.
RTAA runs as a business and is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees who are appointed by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA). The RTAA board is committed to representing our diverse community and amplifying the values and attributes that make up our magnificent region. Separate from any other division of local government, the airport doesn’t receive any dedicated state or local tax revenue to fund its operations.
By connecting with our community—we connect our community with the world.
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is an incredibly important asset to the region and generates a total economic impact of $3.1 billion annually (2018 impact study). Thanks to the dedication and service of the many teams that join together to make everlasting impressions on travelers to and from our home, RNO proudly serves approximately 4.7 million passengers a year. In fact, the airport functions like a small city (you’ll hear this a lot)—with over 2,400 employees working for a variety of companies throughout—making RNO the 62nd busiest commercial airport in the nation.
Located just minutes from downtown Reno and less than an hour from some of the finest ski resorts and outdoor recreation in the world, RNO is the ultimate gateway to Lake Tahoe and our entire region.
With 12 commercial airlines, 3 cargo carriers, and 20+ nonstop destinations that will also get you virtually anywhere in the world in just one stop, RNO is dedicated to moving you.
Learn more about our nonstop destinations.
It’s All in the Numbers
Each month, Reno-Tahoe International Airport compiles passenger, cargo, and operational statistics that we post here to share with the public.
These statistics include enplaned and deplaned passenger/cargo totals, load factors, market shares, and other important figures. As airports are essential to the economic development of cities, countries, and regions, the strong numbers from our airport are a reflection of the success of Reno-Tahoe. The report is posted approximately 30 days after the end of the reporting month (For example, the March 2022 report would be posted on or after April 30, 2022.) Statistics from a previous year are available upon request. Please use our Contact Us form for additional stats.
Take a peek at some of our latest stats:
Reno-Stead Airport (RTS) is one of the many major economic hubs in northern Nevada. Since 1966, RTS has been the site of the National Championship Air Races, military operations, an FAA Designated UAS test range, and was the birthplace of the Lear Fan, a revolution in airplane design.
Located approximately 15 miles north of Reno, RTS has worked tirelessly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop an air tanker fire fighting facility and has added more than 9,000 feet of new runways and upgraded runway lighting to the space.
On December 16, 2013, the new Reno-Stead Airport Terminal Building opened to serve the General Aviation community. The two-story, 12,000 sq. ft. building provides an Emergency Operations Center, The Freedom Flight Terminal—which is dedicated to veterans who have served in the armed forces—an Administrative Office, a Community Conference Room, and a Pilot’s Lounge.
General Aviation Services
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) works diligently with the Reno-Tahoe Aviation Group (RTAG), a membership-based organization of pilots and aviation enthusiasts who aim to support the thriving General Aviation (GA) community in the Reno-Tahoe area.
Reno Stead Airport (RTS) and Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) support general aviation, and these airports are where GA takes flight! More than 100 daily GA flight operations take off from RNO and the 5,000-acre general aviation facility at Reno-Stead Airport (RTS) serves as a reliever airport for RNO when needed.
From small single-engine prop planes to helicopters, medevacs, and large corporate jets, RNO has the staff, airfield, and services to meet your needs.