Reno airport plan approved
The Washoe County Airport Authority’s Board of Trustees approved a plan Thursday that allows the Reno/Tahoe International Airport to attract new scheduled passenger service.
“We recognize that the airport and the northern Nevada community must compete for increased air service with large and small communities throughout the nation,” airport authority Executive Director Krys Bart stated.
Bart also recognized that other communities offer these types of incentives that are primarily used for promotional purposes to either get new carriers into the airport or coax the existing airlines into providing routes to and from markets currently not being served.
The policy passed with few minor modifications from its original proposal.
There was a change in a measure to waive landing fees from 60 days to now 90 days.
Also, the board agreed to re-evaluate the level of incentives on a case-by-case basis.
“This can only be a success if it is a team effort with the community,” Bart said.
Tourism groups have expressed a recent intensified interest in turning around declining passenger counts at the northern Nevada airport over the last 18 months.
“Both gaming and business interests have agreed to support funding cooperative marketing programs for new markets served by new air service. We are all excited about working together to bring new air service to Reno/Tahoe,” Bart said.
The Federal Aviation Administration allows airport revenue to be used for this purpose. The FAA prohibits airports from using revenue for general economic development or marketing programs unrelated to airports.
In other airport news, the board approved revisions to the bylaws of the community outreach committee. The panel acts as a focus group for citizen input.
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