Reno/Tahoe International Airport offers new flights in time for ski season |

Reno/Tahoe International Airport offers new flights in time for ski season

With a chance of snowflakes flying this week, now is the time to start planning flights in and out of the Tahoe region for the upcoming ski season.

Skiers and snowboarders outside the region will be happy to learn new flights have either been in operation or announced recently by Reno/Tahoe International Airport.

The region will become a more acessible destination with the addition of three non-stop flights from San Diego, Bellingham, Wash., and Chicago. Also included is the November addition of a direct flight on Southwest Airlines to Reno from Baltimore/Washington D.C. through Chicago.

In addition to providing the new Baltimore/Washington D.C. route, this schedule will also help improve load factors on the Chicago to Reno route, airport officials said.

The service between Chicago and Reno/Tahoe that began service on Dec. 4, 2006 is doing very well, airport officials said. Adding the Baltimore/Washington D.C. originating point will further benefit the route.

Two daily non-stop flights from San Diego launched in March, 2007 have received a great response. The San Diego market, which features at least 160,000 travelers per year between Reno and San Diego, was the airport’s largest unserved market and sixth-largest market overall. The growth of air service to and from Reno/Tahoe continues to increase, airport officials said.

Low-cost airline Allegiant Air, LLC began non-stop jet service between Bellingham, Wash. and Reno/Tahoe in May. With three flights offered weekly, this is the only non-stop service between the two cities.

“Allegiant’s new service to Bellingham is truly a natural fit for the Reno-Tahoe region,” said Krys Bart, executive director of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

“Residents of the Reno-Tahoe area and the Pacific Northwest share a love for the outdoors and we will enjoy helping connect our two spectacular regions through this great new service,” Bart added. “Also, with the Winter Olympics coming to Vancouver, B.C. in 2010, this flight will be an ideal connection for our passionate winter sports fans to attend that spectacle.”

With Southwest Airlines being the official Airlines of Ski Lake Tahoe Heavenly’s personalized reservation service, Heavenly Tahoe Vacations, will be in a position to provide better, less expensive all-inclusive packages to consumers, officials at the ski resort said.

“Air service plays a key role in any tourist destination and skiers want convenient non-stop service from their home town to their winter destination,” said John Wagnon, Heavenly’s vice president of marketing. “Lake Tahoe is one of the top snowsports destinations in North America. It’s a natural response to introduce these non-stop flights to make our destination resort more accessible to winter travelers. Southwest Airlines is one of the most successful airlines in the world, alignment with them as the Official Airlines of Ski Lake Tahoe adds to our image as a serious snowsports destination.”

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