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Lake Tahoe Airport

Lake Tahoe Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OperatorThe City of South Lake Tahoe
LocationSouth Lake Tahoe, California
Elevation1909.3 m (6264 ft)

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Lake Tahoe Airport is a public airport located three miles (3.8 km) southwest of South Lake Tahoe, serving El Dorado County, California, USA. This general aviation airport covers 348 acre (140.8 ha) and has one runway. The airport is sometimes called Tahoe Valley Airport. The airport formerly offered commercial to several destinations by various carriers from the late 70s to the early 2000s. For the first few years of airline service, the airport had a ban on pure-jet traffic. As a result, Pacific Southwest Airlines and Air California(later AirCal) delayed the retirement of their Lockheed L-188 Electra to continue service to the airport. PSA ended up retiring their Electras and ending service to Lake Tahoe in 1979 before the ban was lifted. Air California, however, remained at the airport and eventually began pure-jet service with Boeing 737s and MD-80s which served the airport until the airline was acquired by American Airlines in 1987. American continued service briefly with former-AirCal Boeing 737s, but soon gave all Lake Tahoe service to its regional partner American Eagle who continued to serve the airport with Saab 340s and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners into the 90s. In 1999, Casino Express Airlines started a Tahoe-based carrier under the name of Tahoe Air. The carrier flew Boeing 737-200s serving San Jose(CA) and Los Angeles offering low fares. Around the same time, Allegiant Air, then based in Fresno, began service to Tahoe from Fresno and Las Vegas with DC-9s. The airport was unable to house two large carriers, and Tahoe Air was chosen to stay while Allegiant ended service. Tahoe Air ceased operations that same year, and Lake Tahoe has yet to see airline service since. The Tahoe area is currently served by the nearby Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

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