More East Coast connections on the way
The press release mixed good news
and bad news.
On one hand, National Airlines confirmed
last week it will add four flights a day
between Reno and Las Vegas, and the airline
said the additional flights will open better
access between Reno and the East Coast.
In the same press release, however,
National said it will temporarily discontinue
its service between Las Vegas and Chicago’s
Midway Airport and will postpone its
return to Ronald Reagan Washington
The company, however, continues to offer
eastbound connections through Las Vegas to
Newark, Washington Dulles, Philadelphia,
West Palm Beach, Miami and Dallas.
That’s what matters to officials at Reno-
Tahoe International Airport.
“The greater reach we have with onestop
service, the better off we are,” said
Adam Mayberry, the airport’s manager of
National’s release emphasized that its
problems at Midway and Washington
National are temporary.
At Chicago, it said, service will resume
after airport construction is complete and
National can offer a better flight schedule.
The company provides two daily nonstop
roundtrips between Las Vegas and Midway.
Service to Washington National,
which was scheduled to resume Oct. 3,
has been delayed by changes in the delivery
of aircraft, said Mark Suman,
National’s senior vice president for
strategic planning. The airline makes one
roundtrip a day from Las Vegas to
Ronald Reagan Washington National.
National Airlines spokesman Dik
Shimizu said the company believes traffic
on the new route will be a good mix of longdistance
travelers making connections into
Reno and local travelers between Reno and
The 70- minute flights will leave Reno at
7 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.
They’ll arrive in Reno from Las Vegas at
9:10 a.m., 1 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
Besides, Shimizu noted with a chuckle,
the new service will be just in time for
the annual UNLV-UNR football game at
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