COVID recovery: Airline restores flights to connect San Jose and Reno

A major airline is resuming flights to link San Jose and Reno offering fresh evidence that the sickly travel sector is recovering from coronavirus-linked maladies.

COVID recovery: Airline restores flights to connect San Jose and Reno

SAN JOSE — A major airline is resuming flights to link San Jose and Reno, city officials announced Tuesday, providing fresh evidence that the sickly travel sector is recovering from coronavirus-linked maladies.

Southwest Airlines has stored service to connect San Jose with Reno.

The flights to Reno are slated to depart every day out of San Jose, although not at the same time of day.

“We are thrilled that our partner, Southwest Airlines, is resuming service between Reno-Tahoe and Silicon Valley,” said John Aitken, San Jose’s director of aviation.

In recent months, airlines have launched a resumption of several nonstop flights to big U.S. cities. The resumed flights connect San Jose with New York City, Chicago, and Boston.

Southwest’s San Jose-Reno flights resumed on Tuesday. The airline intends to use a Boeing 737 aircraft for the flights, which have a duration of roughly an hour one-way.

The flights had been halted for more than a year in the wake of COVID-linked business shutdowns and travel restrictions. The service suspension began in April 2020.

“Today’s return represents renewed access to the beautiful Sierra Nevada,” Aitken said. “We look forward to providing our customers with more service options in the future.”