Reno-Tahoe to witness huge jump in travellers

Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015

jump in travellersEvery day about 8,000 passengers arrive or leave the Reno-Tahoe International Airport which is expected to jump to 12,000 during the Christmas week. Officials say the airport has the most flights and seats since 2009, and the busy holiday traffic could continue through the first week of January.

Holiday cheer is on full display, at the airport. Friends and family members are often on-hand to greet their loved ones in the terminal.

“It’s kind of cool because you see a lot of people with signs and stuff and everyone’s hugging,” Anna Smith, Reno resident said. “So, it’s really cool and it just shows the season.”

“There’s just an energy, a real spirit and warmth for the season here in the terminal,” Jared said.

It is possible that snow will fall on Christmas Eve. Jared says if there is bad weather, it’s important to check flight statuses to make sure there are no delays.  Snow crews will be on standby throughout the day.

“The airport is ready,” Jared said. “We have great snow teams that will be ready to push the snow off the runways and taxiways if we do get snow on the valley floor.”

“The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) might have to unwrap the gift to inspect it more closely and you wouldn’t want that,” Jared said. “So, it’s just safer to wrap it once you get to your destination.”

Passengers should also be aware if they are traveling with Christmas presents. They are encouraged to leave them unwrapped for security reasons.

Snow globes are popular gifts during Christmas. Those can only be carried if they weigh less than three ounces. Wine bottles cannot be carried but they can be checked. One latest gift idea, the hoverboard, is not allowed on any airlines that fly in and out of Reno.

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