United States: Reno Gets Its First Ever Non-stop Flight to the East Coast

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It might be the Biggest Little City in the World, but Reno, Nevada, has never had nonstop airline service to the U.S. East Coast, and its international airport has been international only in name – until now!

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Reno, Nevada, describes itself as, "The Biggest Little City in the World". Photo Credit: Tony Webster.


Reno, Nevada, will get its first ever non-stop air link to the U.S. East Coast on 28 May 2015, when JetBlue Airways launches a flight linking Reno with the Big Apple.

"A nonstop link between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York City is long overdue," says JetBlue's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs.

"JetBlue is pleased to provide the only direct service linking the East Coast to an airport that is the gateway to so many great year-round destinations in the Reno-Tahoe region."

Based in New York, JetBlue Airways is a budget air carrier carrying more than 30 million passengers a year to 87 travel destinations in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

The airline operates an average of 825 flights each day.

Reno 101

The 3rd largest city in Nevada, Reno has long played second fiddle Las Vegas, which is world-famous not only for its fabulous gambling casinos, but also for its spectacular floor shows and fantastic restaurants.

With a population of 233,294 people, Reno has everything that Las Vegas has, but on a much smaller scale.

But the Biggest Little City in the World also has something that Las Vegas could only dream about: proximity to some of the world's best skiing at Lake Tahoe, which is situated high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Other nearby tourist attractions include the historic Gold Country towns of Truckee and Virginia City, Donner Lake, the Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park, and 2 National Monuments.

Reno Airport

Long international only in name, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is served by several domestic airlines: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.

Southwest Airlines has by far the biggest presence at the airport, flying nonstop to Boise, Idaho; Chicago-Midway, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Diego, California; and San Jose, California.

Reno Airport also has non-stop service on other airlines to Chicago, O'Hare, Illinois; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington.

The airport got its first international air service since 1999 on 16 December 2014, when Volaris launched twice weekly flights to Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Mexican-based budget air carrier operates an Airbus A320 with 174 seats on the route.

Charter air carrier Thomas Cook Airlines will launch twice weekly nonstop service to London Gatwick on 19 December 2015. It will be Reno's first ever direct air link to Europe.

“This is amazing news for our ski community, gaming community, and overall economic impact for the region,” says Airport President and CEO Marily Mora.

“It also highlights that Reno-Tahoe International Airport is truly the Gateway to Lake Tahoe. Our ski resorts and hotel casinos have partnered to support this flight and bring our new European customers a one-of-a-kind skiing and nightlife experience in one of the most beautiful and entertaining places on earth."

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