Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport enjoys cargo growth

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is enjoying a bustling cargo business with total volumes up 4.5 per cent in 2013 over 2012 compared with a fractional 0.4 per cent decline nationwide over the same period.


Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport enjoys cargo growth


Reno-Tahoe International Airport is enjoying a bustling cargo business with total volumes up 4.5 per cent in 2013 over 2012 compared with a fractional 0.4 per cent decline nationwide over the same period. Officials say it reflects the region’s continuing emergence from recession as the warehouse/distribution sector pushes out more retail, tech, pharmaceutical components and food products.

“Walmart, Amazon.com, Urban Outfitters. That’s all being flown out of here,” said Marily Mora, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority CEO, of some of the Reno-Tahoe region’s biggest retail shippers. A full 66 per cent of the goods flown through the airport are via FedEx, with 32 per cent aboard UPS aircraft and two per cent on DHL aircraft.

The airport just got busier on the cargo front with Amerijet International making Reno its Western US hub from 8 July, to complement its Eastern base in Columbus, Ohio, with one daily flight linking the two cities using B767 freighter aircraft.

As of 2010, the latest year available, the Asian region was the Reno-Tahoe region’s biggest air-freight market with an estimated US$18.6 billion in imports and exports. Japan, with 33,607 tonnes of exports and imports, led the way followed by China and Korea, according to airport data. Agricultural products topped the list of exported commodities, followed by computer and electronic products, chemicals, nonelectrical machinery, primary metal manufacturing, food and kindred products, and fabricated metal products.