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MEDIA ALERT – Santa, Mrs. Claus and 20 Airplanes Land at Reno-Tahoe International to Benefit The Children’s Cabinet

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What:     Santa, his elves, Mrs. Claus and a parade of 20 aircraft will bring Christmas joy to 25 Children’s Cabinet families this Saturday during a unique holiday event called Operation Santa Claus.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a Nevada Air National Guard C-130.

The aircraft will land and taxi as one large squadron to a hangar at Atlantic Aviation on the airport’s east side.  They will be greeted by Children’s Cabinet families and hundreds of volunteers and supporters. Operation Santa Claus, now in its 7th year, is the brainchild of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) and Reno-Tahoe Aviation Group with the support of Atlantic Aviation and numerous local businesses and individuals.

When:    11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019

Who:     Airport officials

Executives from The Children’s Cabinet

Local dignitaries

Hundreds of volunteers including Wolf Pack football players and cheerleaders, Flips gymnasts, North Valleys High School JROTC, airline employees, Paws 4 Passengers and more.

Where:   Atlantic Aviation – 655 S. Rock Blvd. (See map attached.)

This event is not open to the general public.  However, if you would like to assist with this program, cash donations can be made directly to The Children’s Cabinet in the name of Operation Santa Claus. To donate or participate next year, please contact Kristen Loebbecke at 775-856-0103 or


The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority receives no state or local funding. All operating revenues are derived from tenant and concession fees. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is the 66th busiest commercial airport in the United States, with more than 4.2 million passengers per year. For more details, visit