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Reno-Tahoe International Airport to upgrade concourses, add parking in $1 billion project

A rendering of a large structure for rental cars at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
A rendering of the consolidated rental car facility as part of Reno-Tahoe International Airport’s improvement project.

As Northern Nevada’s economy continues to grow, the airport serving Reno and Lake Tahoe is making a massive investment to keep up with travel demand. KUNR Business Reporter Kaleb Roedel has more.

On a busy morning at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, passengers are coming and going like clockwork. The airport recently announced its largest-ever construction project designed to create more space, inside and out, for their climbing passenger numbers.

The overhaul includes expanded concourses, a remodeled terminal, and more room for ticketing and bag-checking. Passengers will see a new, consolidated rental car facility, more room in the parking garage, and a more efficient roadway in front of the terminal.

The project’s total cost? Nearly $1 billion, according to Daren Griffin, the airport’s CEO.

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority CEO Daren Griffin speaks to a crowd of business leaders from a stage outside of the airport terminal.
Kaleb Roedel
KUNR Public Radio
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority CEO Daren Griffin speaks to local business leaders about improvement plans for the airport.

“It's really time for a major investment in infrastructure to meet the growing needs of this region and community,” Griffin says. “And we have to match that growth to provide the services that people want.”

Passenger numbers have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. In February, the airport served more than 310,000 passengers, up 1.3% compared to February 2020. And the numbers continue to climb. If the Reno-Tahoe region is growing, then the airport must grow with it.

“And if we don't do it now, we won't be ready by 2030 because it takes a long time to bring infrastructure online,” Griffin says.

The first phase of construction will be the ticketing area expansion and roadway upgrade. These projects are expected to break ground this fall.

Produced with assistance from the Public Media Journalists Association Editor Corps funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

Kaleb is an award-winning journalist who joined KUNR as a reporter in November 2021.
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