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RELEASE – Reno-Tahoe International Airport Reaches Highest Passenger Traffic Records Since 2008

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Airport expects busy travel to continue through summer

RENO, Nev. – The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) reached a new milestone in the first half of 2023 with the highest passenger numbers in fifteen years. In the first six months, the airport served an incredible 2.18 million passengers, an increase of 3.6% compared to the same period in 2019.  

“Our airport has shown tremendous resilience over the last few years and this is an accomplishment to celebrate,” said Carol Chaplin, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) Board of Trustees Chair. “We are grateful for the continued dedication and commitment from our airline partners in providing our community the flights we know, love and depend on.” 

The upward trend in passenger traffic is expected to continue into the summer, with popular seasonal nonstop destinations back at RNO, including routes to and from New York, Minneapolis and Chicago. Additionally, to support the arrival of passengers heading to the Burning Man Festival, United Airlines will be offering nonstop flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport, between August 24 and September 5.  

These impressive passenger traffic numbers this year further substantiate the importance of the investment that the RTAA has put forth into the MoreRNO Infrastructure Program. The multi-year program culminates in a $500+ million plan to build two new concourses that will support the population influx that the Reno-Tahoe region is experiencing and transform the travel experience for generations to come.  

RNO currently offers sixty-two daily departures to twenty-one nonstop destinations on eleven airlines. The airport provides a simple way for travelers to explore and book flights using the flight mapping tool on their website.


The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) operates two of the most important economic drivers for our region–the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the Reno-Stead (RTS) Airport. Together, they generate $3.1 billion in economic impact. The RTAA is financially self-sufficient, meaning it is funded through airport operations and not local taxes. Eleven airlines serve RNO, flying to multiple nonstop destinations throughout the United States and Mexico. For more details, visit