Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
I have been there two years ago and I remember that no commercial airline was serving Lake Tahoe airport (not Reno/Tahoe airport) at this time. I asked a guy there and he told me that they have lots of private jets but no airlines. Maybe it has changed now and the airport has a scheduled airline.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7842 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2601 times:
I believe you mean South Lake Tahoe Airport. The most recent service was by Alleigant in its earlier form... I believe it ran LBG-TVL... might have continued onto PDX at one point or went back to FAT. I am certain in the pre-dereg era either PSA or AirCal also flew into TVL.
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FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5892 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
There are a couple of problems at TVL that limit its desirability for commercial service. One is tight noise controls (Stage 3 aircraft are limited to 8am to 8pm operations and noise limits are 86 dBA arrival - 80 dBA takeoff among other restrictions). Another is its location that makes landings and takeoffs difficult. Finally Reno (RNO) experienced a lot of growth in the 80s and 90s compared to TVL. RNO even renamed itself Reno/Tahoe International and markets itself as the airport for Lake Tahoe.
Tahoe Air operated 737s for a short time in 1999 from TVL to San Jose and LAX. Allegiant for 2 periods in 1999 and 2000 on TVL-LGB. There were also a number of other operators at TVL pre-dereg and in the early days of deregulation. Some of the names include Aspen and Golden West. Reno Air also briefly operated at TVL in 1995.
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CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2313 times:
I was there in May and the best I saw was some bizz jets and some twin-props and single engine airplanes. I actually took some photos to the planes there. The airport looks really great and quite challenging. Can you use the runway in both directions? I think t/off direct to the mountains must be exciting, and the landing from the mountains must be also great!!!
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6402 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2302 times:
FATFlyer, thanks for the numbers. But to quote Led Zeppelin, "The song remains the same" to a point. There must be another limiting factor in play at TVL as WN, for one, could operate 8 flights a day and earn money. Perhaps the landing costs are quite high? I truly do not know.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
i flew allegiant in from vegas when their service first started, paid 59 and the dc-9-21 looked better than most new planes inside, only 7 pax on board, flight continued to burbank, and then turned back to tvl to vegas. currently, nobody serves south lake tahoe airport, but as mentioned above, psa, aircal, aa, reno air, tahoe air, allegiant air all have within the past while. what an approach too!!!
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2620 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2237 times:
Beautiful location for an airport, and oh-so-close to the ski resorts and casinos of South Lake Tahoe.
Probably a good idea to keep restrictions on flights, because it seems the traffic might destroy the whole atmosphere of the area.....but it sure would be nice to fly into Tahoe rather than make the drive from Reno.
Nice drive in summer but a much farther trip from RNO. However one does pass enticingly close to the Moonlight Bunny Ranch just outside of Carson City. (If you're into that kind of thing, of course).
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2176 times:
I think certain types of planes would be perfect for TVL, especially during the winter ski season.
I think the BAe 146-200/300 with its STOL capability and quiet egines could be used to fly to TVL from SFO and SJC on a seasonal basis during the ski season. I think such a market exists because frankly, RNO is too far a trip by bus or by private car to get back to the casinos at Stateline and the very popular Heavenly Valley ski resort.
M717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2162 times:
If there were money to be made by serving TVL, then somebody would be finding a way to do it. The fact that there is no service is proof that it can't be done, due to lack of demand, restrictions, etc., or some combination thereof.
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2144 times:
I flew a PSA Electra out of TVL in either '76 or '77 that was supposed to
go to LAX, but diverted to BUR due to TWO yes TWO inflight engine
shutdowns. I remember sitting right in front of the wing and watching one prop start sputtering in flight and then shut down with a big cloud of black smoke.
The captain came on and said it was due to an oil problem. Not 10minutes
later the adjoining engine did the same thing so we ended up dirverting to
BUR. Quite an experience! We ended up being bussed from BUR to LAX