Travel during the Thanksgiving holiday will be crowded at Reno-Tahoe International Airport as passenger numbers return to pre-COVID levels as families continue to be reunited.
With approximately 15,000 passengers expected to pass in and out of the RNO on peak days, the airport is once again recommending travelers allow additional parking and check-in time and TSA security lines as staff shortages continue to affect air travel.
At RNO, emergency parking has been put in place when the garage and roof are full including an additional 400 places in two redundant lots. As a last resort and should all airport parking lots reach capacity, cars will be redirected to the Renault Sparks Convention Center where shuttle buses await. Please watch for overflow parking signs and staff directing traffic and distributing maps during peak times.
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 www.renoairport.com for the current number of places.
The RNO gratitude wall, now in its fifth year, is ready for travelers to share what they are grateful for this holiday season. The airport’s Paws 4 Passengers therapy dogs will also be available on November 23, 24, 26 and 28 to welcome travelers and help ease the stress of holiday travel.
The following tips will also help make your airport experience enjoyable:
– Arrive early, at least 2 hours before departure
Allowing additional time for parking and returning rented cars. Watch the flood lot banners.
– Visit www.renoairport.com for real-time parking availability and follow the airport on social media to be alerted that lots are closed.
To expedite the TSA security screening process:
Empty the pockets, remove shoes, jewelry, and personal electronic devices, and put them in the provided boxes.
Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to take off your coats, jackets, and all outerwear.
Find out about the TSA 3-1-1 Rule for Hand Bags at www.tsa.gov. Liquids, gels and aerosols should be packed in a quart plastic bag.
Food brought in through the security system usually requires additional screening.
Subscribe to automated flight status alerts sent directly to your smartphone and download boarding passes at home.
As a reminder, all travelers must wear face coverings at airports and on planes until January 18, 2022, regardless of the vaccination guide.