It is the second busiest commercial airport in the state of Nevada after McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Air National Guard maintains the 152nd Airlift Wing to the southwest of the airport's main terminal.
Reno-Tahoe International used to be the hub of Reno Air, a now-defunct medium sized airline that had offered non-stop MD-80 and MD-90 service to many cities, until Reno Air was bought and taken over by American Airlines and eventually completely disposed of in 2001. Reno Air's first flight was on July 1, 1992, and its last flight was on August 30, 1999.
The passenger terminal is named after the late US Senator Howard Cannon. The main lobby of the terminal contains an exhibit featuring the bust of Nevada State Senator (and Nevada State Senate Minority Leader) William J. "Bill" Raggio. Raggio is described in the exhibit as being "The Father of the Airport Authority."
Public transportation to and from the airport is provided by RTC Ride bus #19. The bus takes passengers to the Meadowood Center and Downtown 4th Street Station.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is ranked at the 61st busiest commercial airport in the nation and in the fall of 2010 opened a new 200 ft (61 m) ATCT replacing the old one of more than 50 years. The new tower is equipped with the latest in TRACON technology including ground radar systems. It cost over $30 million to build. It was designed by the Parsons Design Firm, responsible for the design of many other ATCT towers at larger airports nationwide.
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority officials announced in early 2011 that a $5 million remodel of the baggage claim area will begin in late 2011 and be completed in mid to late 2012, the project will bring the new look and feel of the newly renovated ticket lobby to the baggage claim. Details will include rock and sandstone pillars, tiled floors and new LED lighting. Also announced in early 2011, the new TSA body scanners are arriving at Reno-Tahoe Int'l Airport Summer 2011 but by 2014, the security checkpoint will move downstairs in place of the now public area slot machines. Passengers will now only have to pass through one checkpoint and access a newly expanded food court and escalators to both concourses past the new checkpoint, construction will begin in 2012 or 2013.