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Airport officials anticipate busy holiday travel weekend


Officials at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) today said they’re expecting pre-pandemic passenger numbers for this weekend’s holiday travel. They’ve lined up several tools intended to help ease traveler stress.

About 15,000 passengers per day are expected to pass through the airport on peak travel days.

Parking is top of mind for airport management. Last week RNO launched a new tool on its homepage at renoairport.com that has real-time parking information, including number of spaces available in its parking garage and surface lot and costs to park.

Two overflow parking lots have been set up with 400 extra parking spaces should the airport’s standard parking fill up. If those lots also fill up, travelers can park at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on South Virginia Street and shuttle to the airport.

The Paws 4 Passengers therapy dogs will be at the airport Nov. 23, 24, 26 and 28 to greet travelers.

A “Gratitude Wall” will also be open, allowing passengers to share what they’re grateful for. This is the fifth year the wall has been set up.

Airport officials provided these additional tips for smoother holiday travel:

  • Arrive early, at least two hours before departure.
  • Allow for extra time for parking or rental car return.
  • Check parking availability ahead of time, and if needed follow signage to overflow parking options.
  • Familiarize yourself with TSA security screening processes and restrictions ahead of time and ensure you have the proper ID with you.
  • Sign up for airline flight status and paperless travel on your smartphone to stay organized.
  • Ensure you have a face covering to wear inside the airport and throughout your flights. They’re required by federal law through Jan. 18, 2022, regardless of vaccination status.
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