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  Nonstop flights from Reno to London were supposed to take off later this year, but the service has already been canceled. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Thomas Cook Airlines made the call after learning that its customers would have to wait at least three hours to clear U.S. Customs at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Brian Kulpin, with the airport, says it all comes down to staffing.

"There's a need for more customs agents here in Reno," he explains. "We just added one at the beginning of April, but it's not enough to do the job faster."

Flights between Reno and Europe have never been available, but that’s changing next year with nonstop service to and from London. This is part of the Reno airport’s strategy to raise its international profile.

This new addition comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Reno-Tahoe International Airport will be offering nonstop flights to Guadalajara, Mexico. The flight which is set to begin this December will be the first time in 15 years the airport has offered international travel.