INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada – With air travel during the Thanksgiving vacation having rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, Reno-Tahoe airport officials are offering tips and recommendations for negotiating the peak period.
With around 15,000 arriving and departing passengers expected to pass through RNO on peak days, the airport again recommends that travelers allow more time for parking, airline check-in and security lines. TSA as staff shortages continue to impact air travel, a press release said.
At RNO, parking contingencies have been put in place when the garage and the surface lot fill up including 400 additional spaces in two overflow lots. As a last resort and in the event that all airport car parks reach their maximum capacity, cars will be redirected to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center where shuttles will wait. Overflow parking signs will be posted and staff will direct traffic and distribute cards during rush hour.
Last week, RNO launched a website feature that shows real-time parking availability. To help make an informed decision before arriving at the airport, passengers should visit http://www.renoairport.com to see the current number of spaces.
RNO’s Wall of Gratitude, now in its fifth year, is ready for passengers to share what they’re grateful for this holiday season. The airport’s Paws 4 Passengers therapy dogs will also be on-site November 23, 24, 26 and 28 to greet travelers and help relieve the stress of vacation travel.
The following tips will also help make the airport experience enjoyable:
– Arrive early, at least two hours before departure
– Allow extra time for parking and returning rental cars. Watch for overflow signage.
– Visit http://www.renoairport.com to know the availability of parking lots in real time and to follow the airport on social networks to be alerted of parking lot closures.
To speed up the Transportation Security Administration security screening process:
– Empty pockets, remove shoes, jewelry, personal electronics and place them in the bins provided.
– Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove coats, jackets and all outer clothing.
– Know the TSA 3-1-1 rule for hand luggage at http://www.tsa.gov. Liquids, gels and aerosols should be packed in a one liter plastic bag.
– Food brought in by security usually requires additional control.
Sign up for automated airline flight status alerts sent directly to your smartphone and download boarding passes at home.
As a reminder, all travelers are required to wear face covers at airports and on planes until January 18, 2022, regardless of proof of vaccination.
Source: Reno-Tahoe Airport