RNO Master Plan

Reno-Tahoe International Airport Master Plan

In October 2016, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) began undertaking a 16-month master planning process to address airport growth, aviation industry changes, and FAA standards for the next 20 years. It provides a funding roadmap and addresses the dynamics of air service and cargo while balancing the needs of the community.

Vision Statement:

To provide an achievable, flexible, fiscally, and environmentally responsible road-map that will help ensure that Reno-Tahoe International Airport can accommodate future activity levels, further its position as a domestic and international gateway, and support regional economic development initiatives.

Three focus areas for the master plan include:

  • Airfield enhancements such as runways, taxiways, aprons and airspace
  • Terminal modernization including ticketing, gates, customs, concessions, baggage, etc.
  • Ground transportation extending to roads, parking, airport land use, and more

This plan will be an open, accessible process that encourages public input and participation at every stage. Input will be critical to shape the airport the region needs and wants.

Smaller-scope planning work has been performed at regular intervals, but the last full airport master plan was in 1991. Changes in local demographics, federally-mandated safety and security measures, airline business models, and technological enhancements highlight the needs for a new way forward.

The project team is made up of aviation experts from across the country, local stakeholders, and other subject matter experts. Airport users, airlines, tenants, the military, local community representatives, business leaders, trustees, and regulatory agencies are participating in the Master Plan Working Group to guide the process.

There are also multiple opportunities for public input through meetings, public opinion surveys, social media and a portion of the RTAA’s website dedicated to providing information and updates as well as collecting input.

All conclusions will be based on FAA requirements industry standards and are tailored to meet local needs.

Please view a list of questions and answers regarding the master plan process.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Review

As approved by the Airport Authority Board of Trustees in June 2018, the full draft Master Plan has been forwarded to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for their review and comment.

Any substantial changes to the Master Plan will be brought to a future Airport Authority Board Meeting for further discussion. Minor changes requested by the FAA will be simply incorporated into the document. Upon acceptance by the FAA, the final version will be uploaded to the airport website.

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Please fill out the form below if you want to be updated about the planning process or wish to receive public meeting information.  If you wish to be removed from the list to receive updates and public meeting information, please submit your request by emailing masterplan@renoairport.com.

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