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Airport Authority Culture

In the Reno-Tahoe region, the airport plays a role well beyond its runways and taxiways. It is important for the airport to connect our community to the world, it is also important that the airport connect with the greater Reno-Tahoe area. Innovative community outreach, membership in civic organizations and public and private partnerships are all hallmarks of the Airport Authority culture. Here are just a few ways our organization participates in the community:

  • Partner in Education with Swope Middle School since 1993
  • City of Reno “Corporate Challenge” – Participants since 2003
  • United Way Campaign - Participants since 1998
  • Nevada Women’s Fund “Woman of Achievement” sponsor
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce member
  • High Sierra Industries “X-treme Abilities Challenge” participants
  • Nevada Hispanic Services Adalante Awards sponsor
  • Leadership Reno-Sparks Adult Program participants

There’s a fun side to the Airport Authority as well! Employee events throughout the year serve as a great way to get together outside of work and grow as a team:

  • Halloween costume and pumpkin-carving contest
  • Summer picnic
  • Holiday party
  • Fundraisers
  • “Pep Squad”
  • Shakespeare Festival “Airport Night”

Camaraderie and teamwork are the hallmarks of our employee work groups. Working together, we set high standards and take pride in the job we do to operate and maintain the airport, making it a safe, convenient and comfortable gateway to the world. 

Our Employees

Here’s what a few of our talented employees have to say about working for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority:

Debi – Payroll Administrator (employee since 2002)
RTAA Employee of the Year, 2005
“I enjoy working for the RTAA because it provides me opportunities to grow professionally, personally and creatively while still being small and personable. I have met many new people that started as coworkers and have grown into friends.”

Suzanne – Marketing Technician (employee since 2005)
“I really enjoy working for the RTAA for several reasons. First: it’s the people. The co-workers in my office make it a welcome and friendly environment. In addition, I get to interact with employees from all departments and the people I run into are consistently talented, helpful and care deeply about their work. Second: the very generous benefits, including medical, flexible spending plans and tuition reimbursement for continuing education. And third: the airport is just an exciting environment to be in!”

Kathy – Capital Improvements & Grants Coordinator (employee since 1979)
“Working for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority has been a rewarding experience for me. The airport is busy, with the hustle and bustle of all the people, passengers, tenants, and employees. Wow! It’s a city within a city. The salary and benefits package here are great, and I’ve had a lot of advancement opportunities through the years. I’ve made lifelong friendships and working at Reno-Tahoe International Airport has been an exciting venture!”

Ray – Police Sergeant (employee since 2007)
“I enjoy the camaraderie between the airport staff - it feels like one big family. I also enjoy the interaction with the traveling public who are appreciative of our help.”

Dawn – Warehouse Assistant/Driver (employee since 1980)
“I like working at the airport because of the people – they pull their own weight and there’s lots of great camaraderie. It’s been fun to watch the airport grow over the years – it’s really been incredible – you had to see it to believe it! I’ve been given lots of opportunity to move and advance which keeps it interesting. Also, the retirement and benefits are really good.”

Scott – Airfield Maintenance Superintendent (employee since 1983)
“Battling the elements to keep the airfield operational for the traveling public during the winter season is one of the most challenging and enjoyable parts of my job. Also, the camaraderie of the Airfield Maintenance team makes my job a worthwhile and rewarding experience. And finally, working around an active Aircraft Operations Area is a very challenging way to spend your day. I guess you could say I thrive on challenge!”