RENO, Nevada (KOLO) – Travel resumes at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The airport has rebounded better than many others across the country amid the pandemic – and airport officials say COVID-19 has changed the type of traveler they see.
“We’re seeing people starting their journeys here not only with the population growth we’re seeing, but also people who want to get out and travel more,” says Annie Turner, public relations coordinator for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.
“And also potentially being able to work from the road and so on – it just changed the amount of traffic that was initiated here.”
It puts a lot of pressure on parking. It is filling more and more. That was the case last weekend and is expected again this weekend as the Washoe County School District fall vacation approaches.
“That’s why taking a ride, carpooling, talking to family members is the best way to make sure people don’t miss their flights,” says Turner.
But if you need to drive and park at the airport in the next few days, the airport has a plan in case the 3,400 spaces are taken up inside the parking lot and parking lot. He can open an overflow parking lot, which would create around 400 additional spaces. And then, if it gets full …
“There would be shuttles, preventing people from parking on National Guard Way, if that is that,” Turner explains.
As travel and growth in the region only increases, the airport is looking for longer term solutions.
“We’re doing a study on city-side parking that will show us what some of the parking trends are going forward,” says Turner. “This includes a facility that would move rental cars from our parking lot to their own facility that is close enough and within walking distance, opening up between 700 and 900 spaces inside the parking lot in the future. “
While it may take three to five years for this plan to materialize, the airport plans to provide some relief as early as late spring. It is possible that 300 spaces will be developed on the property in a new paved lot.
“We’re excited to be back in air travel, but we have to deal with some of these challenges that we will have to resolve in terms of parking,” said Turner. “But we will want to do it in a way that is smart and safe for travelers.”
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