by Ray Poirier | Casinos in northern Nevada are facing the same oil-related problems as those of their counterparts in the Las Vegas area, according to officials at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
They have issued warnings that the area faces fewer flights to fewer destinations at a higher cost.
"Its a challenging time," said Krys Bart, president and CEO of the airport facility. He said he felt the situation would get worse before it got better.
"This isnt about the airport doing something different or not doing its job," he explained. "It is about what is happening all over the country, taking it out of the (Reno) microcosm and putting it into the big picture."
Bart cited announced cutbacks by United Airlines, Delta Airlines and Aloha Airlines.
The number of passengers at Reno-Tahoe dropped 13% in April and 10% in March.
Revenues were down in the areas of gambling, parking, food and retail shops.