Lake Tahoe Airport gets an inside facelift |

Lake Tahoe Airport gets an inside facelift

Susan Wood

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / South Lake Tahoe Airport Director Rick Jenkins sits in the newly refurbished and remodeled lounge area in the fixed-base operations building.

The fixed-base operator of the Lake Tahoe Airport has thrown out the welcome mat to pilots and other visitors frequenting the Texas-based company that tracks and supports the flights going in and out of the aviation facility.

Trajen renovated offices thought to be old and tired, installing improvements designed to make pilots, the crew and other visitors more comfortable.

The main lounge features three 32-inch, LCD flat-panel televisions. A fireplace warms up the atmosphere and oversized chairs sit on top of hardwood floors. Floor-to-ceiling hand-painted murals of Lake Tahoe round out the character and color of a facility considered the air gateway to the South Shore.

In addition, a pilot’s office is expected to receive this week Internet connections at three new Dell computer-based workstations. The building was stripped to its studs and restrooms were installed. The break room houses a refrigerator, dining room table and chairs, where refreshments are available. “It’s like we have a new sort of energy at Trajen. Not only has the entire building been revived, but so have we,” said General Manager Joel Widdel.

According to one staffer, the employees like their new digs, too.

With city administrative offices and Council Chambers moving into a rehabilitated terminal building, the aviation facility has undergone an upgrade that airport officials have been energized about. “We wanted to do what we could to be a part of (the South Shore changes) by rejuvenating the airport,” Airport Director Rick Jenkins said.