The Best Little Big Airport You'll Ever Visit
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been the gateway to Virginia’s Capital Region since 1927. Our central location attracts more than 3 million friends, family members and business visitors traveling to and from Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Washington D.C., Charlottesville, Virginia Beach, and points to the east and west each year.
If it’s been a while since you traveled through Richmond, you may not recognize us. Our $300 million renovation was designed to make your experience as convenient and stress free as possible. Entering and parking at the airport have never been easier, and our terminal has been transformed into a sleek, modern space with additional gates and ticketing counters.
It’s been said we’ve successfully balanced the sophistication of a large airport with the charm and convenience of a smaller one. We hope you’ll agree.
Ready to go? RIC is simply the most convenient and hassle-free option in the region.
The mission of the Capital Region Airport Commission is twofold: 1.) to provide access to high-quality, safe air travel services for the citizens of Central Virginia and 2.) through its air travel and related facilities, to serve as the catalyst for economic development of the region. In pursuit of this mission, the Commission recognizes the importance of providing choices for the traveling public by supporting competition among its seven airlines: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and Allegiant. The success of each of these airlines is invaluable to providing a high-quality and competitive air service marketplace for the citizens of Central Virginia.
Efforts to encourage competition over the past decade have resulted in a decrease in fare premiums and an increase in quality and frequency of service. Competition has also led to an increase of roughly one million passengers traveling through the Richmond International Airport, including travelers who previously drove to other airports to take advantage of lower fares. This increase in passengers, coupled with significant savings on ticket costs, has resulted in an increase in local spending and injected millions of additional dollars into the region's economy.
In order to ensure that these airlines remain in the Central Virginia market and to sustain competition, the Commission strongly encourages ridership from Richmond Region travelers on all seven airlines. Competitive air service provides passengers with more choices of carriers to more destinations at lower fares and creates a marketplace in which all airlines can succeed.
Our central location within Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region attracts over three million travelers each year, enough to keep our “Open V” runway configuration in a steadily busy state. The airport has three asphalt-grooved runways to accommodate traffic, with the longest runway measuring 9,003 feet in length by 150 feet in width.
While we typically handle about 105,000 operations annually (landings/takeoffs), the airport has the capacity to accommodate about 225,000 operations in its current configuration.
For an FAA listing of current NOTAMs, go here.
|Latitude:||37-30-18.6000 N (estimated)|
|Runway Lights:||16-34 HIRL CL, TDZ; 7-25 HIRL; 2-20 HIRL|
|Air Traffic Control:||Yes|
|Location:||6 miles East of Richmond|
|Service Volume Capacity:||225,000|
|Current Annual Operations:||121,000|
|Maintenance:||Major AF & PP|
|Hours of Operation:||24 hours|
|Operators:||Richmond Jet Center: 804-226-7200, http://www.ricjet.com/; Aero Industries: 804-222-7211, http://www.aeroind.com/ ; Million Air: 804-222-3700, http://www.millionair-richmond.com/; Helo Air: http://www.heloair.com/|
|US Customs:||Contact Brett Marshall, Port Director, at 804-226-9675.|
|FAA FSDO:||5707 Huntsman Road, Suite 100, Richmond, Virginia 23250-2415 804-222-7494|
|Remarks:||Noise Abatement Procedures as directed by ATC; no practice landings 2200-0700; ATC clearance required for pushback onto movement areas; bird activity in view of all runways and taxiways and in view of airport; FIS facility for full international flight clearance by pre-arrangement with airport and U.S. Customs.|
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is the annual audited financial report issued by the Capital Region Airport Commission that includes audited financial information as well as unaudited statistical data. The audited financial section includes management discussion and analysis, auditors' report and the financial reports for the fiscal year. The statistical section includes airline market share, enplanement trends and historical airline activity reports, as well as selected statistical data about the Greater Richmond Region.
For more than a decade, the Commission's Finance Department has annually received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States.
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Richmond International Airport is one of the busiest air cargo facilities in the nation. On average, approximately 140 million pounds of cargo are handled annually at RIC by air carriers, including DHL, Federal Express (FedEx) and United Parcel Service (UPS). These carriers offer a number of shipping, receiving and storage options, including shipments of high-security and temperature-sensitive freight, fast international delivery, and overnight and priority deliveries for businesses and individuals.
RIC's cargo facilities currently offer 750,000 square feet of cargo apron and 142,000 square feet of air cargo warehouse space with direct apron access. Because of its central Mid-Atlantic location, cargo transit via RIC makes sense. Goods shipped out of the metropolitan Richmond area can reach 50 percent of the U.S. population within 24 hours. This translates into more efficient manufacturing, lower costs and improved expansion capabilities for area companies.
As a service to the public, Richmond International Airport provides monthly statistical data on passenger departures (enplanements) and arrivals (deplanements), cargo handled and aircraft operations.
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Richmond International Airport Management Staff
Our staff is dedicated to ensuring your visit to Richmond International Airport is safe and enjoyable.
Please see the listing of Richmond International Airport leadership staff below:
Jon Mathiasen, A.A.E. - President & CEO
Doug Blum - Chief Financial Officer
Troy Bell - Director of Marketing and Air Service Development
Steve Owen - Director, Finance
Russ Peaden - Director, Real Estate and Facilities
John Rutledge - Director, Planning and Engineering
Vic Williams - Director, Public Safety
If you have a question or concern about the airport, please contact us.
1862 (Civil War Era)
Both Union and Confederate aeronauts used tethered balloons for reconnaissance and artillery spotting from the area that is now the Richmond International Airport.
Dedicated on October 15, 1927, the airport was named after Virginia explorer-aviator Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd. Colonel Charles Lindbergh, with his famous aircraft The Spirit of St. Louis, was present as the airport’s first official visitor.
Eastern Airlines began the first regularly scheduled passenger service at Byrd Field.
1942 (World War II Era)
The airport was used as an Army Air Corps base. During this period, the acreage and runway infrastructure for RIC were substantially expanded.
Airport expansion of the terminal, ramp area, runways, taxiways and parking lots cost $2.8 million. Four scheduled airlines served the airport: Eastern, National, Piedmont and United.
The first jumbo jet (DC-10) jetliner landed at Richard E. Byrd Airport and boarded 345 Virginia passengers bound for an American Legion convention.
The Capital Region Airport Commission was created pursuant to Chapter 537 of the 1975 Acts of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The airport was renamed
Richmond International Airport.
Richmond International Airport became the world’s first public airport to operate an advanced microwave landing system.
The terminal underwent a $5 million concourse expansion at Concourse A, increasing the number of gates to 14 and adding 8,700 square feet to the existing baggage claim area.
An expansion of Concourse B was completed, representing a 50 percent gate increase. The airport completed several more projects, including the addition of 1,300 public parking spaces in economy lot A, the relocation of Security Checkpoints and an extension of airport taxiways.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dedicated a new Air Traffic Control Tower at RIC. The event was attended by Sen. John Warner, Congressmen Bobby Scott and Randy Forbes, FAA Eastern Region Administrator Arlene Feldman, Deputy Secretary of Transportation Ralph Davis (Commonwealth of Virginia), members of the Capital Region Airport Commission and other dignitaries.
2005 – 2006
In a nine-month span, Richmond International Airport welcomed the arrival of AirTran Airways and JetBlue Airways to Virginia’s Capital Region, to the relief of travelers who had long cited non-competitive airfares as the area’s highest-ranking business concern.
In May, arriving aboard a British Airways Boeing 777 flying the Royal standard, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II commenced her first U.S. visit in 16 years with an arrival at RIC, in celebration of Virginia’s 400th anniversary.
The airport completed construction of a multimillion-dollar renovation that expanded the terminal building by 155,000 square feet, quadrupling the amount of useable floor space in the ticketing hall and baggage claim areas, doubling the space for security checkpoints and doubling the outdoor curbside loading/unloading zones to help ease vehicle congestion for arrivals and departures.
Air Canada began twice-daily service from Richmond to Toronto, and construction was completed on two Airport Drive roadway flyovers, improving the traffic flow to and from the airport.
An expansion of the North Parking Garage was completed, adding 2,600 on-site parking spaces and bringing the total number of parking spaces to 10,000. In June, a new business center opened in RIC’s upper level connector, offering travelers free WiFi, work stations and meeting room space. In addition, a USO center opened for U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families.
The full-service Club Level Grill and an additional news and gift shop, Tech on the Go, opened in Concourse B.
In November, Southwest Airlines launched nonstop service from Richmond. Additionally, RIC added ~15 acres of concrete apron to the north of the terminal complex, creating space to remote park commercial aircraft, accommodate diversions, and handle special events. This ramp expansion also served the purpose of setting a foundation for the future extension of Concourse A.
Allegiant arrived in Richmond in February, offering its brand of ultra low-cost service initially to the Tampa Bay area via St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE). In September, just before the UCI 2015 Road World Championships, the Airport was certified as a Virginia Green Travel Partner.
In April, United Airlines launched daily service to Denver. At 1,482 miles, the route was simultaneously the longest and most westerly flight originating from RIC. In August, RIC welcomed DHL cargo operations. During the year, RIC’s EasyPark shuttle fleet completed a conversion to cleaner-burning, quieter Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Cross Grain Brewhouse opened in RIC’s Concourse A. The full-service restaurant and bar features house-made menu offerings and rotating taps from many Richmond-area craft breweries.
In June, JetBlue launched a second daily nonstop flight to Ft. Lauderdale. Since arriving in Richmond in 2006, more than 3.6 million customers have traveled onboard JetBlue from Richmond to Boston, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, and beyond.
In October, RIC marked its 90th anniversary. What began as a lightly-developed 100-acre parcel in 1927, now has an annual economic impact of more than $2 billion to the Richmond Region with nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. By the end of 2017, RIC welcomed more than 3.8 million passengers.
In 2018, RIC welcomed ultra low-cost Spirit Airlines with daily service to Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando and Allegiant added a third destination, Nashville, to its Richmond offerings. Later in the year, RIC prepared to break ground on a $28 million, six-gate extension of Concourse A. The extension will offer 60,000 sqft for airline operations, public use, and future retail and restaurant locations.
90 Years of Memories
We’re proud to have been part of Richmond’s great history for 90 years. It’s here where we welcomed and bid farewell to celebrities like Charles Lindbergh after his New York-to-Paris crossing in 1927, to modern-day business travelers — and, most important, to our loved ones returning home.
A Partner In Growth For Over 90 Years
Now boasting more than 1 million residents, Richmond has seen tremendous growth since RIC opened its doors 90 years ago. Our services have grown right along with it — and played a key part in achieving this success.
*Historic photo of Broad Street at night: Dementi Studio
*Crowd in Richmond: Creative Commons Rosanne Case Richmond Folk Fest by bobistraveling is licensed under CC by 2
Thank you, Richmond Region, for 90 wonderful years.
RVA Is The Place To Be
Thanks in part to the convenience of RIC, Richmond has become a major center for conducting and starting a business, as well as a hotbed for innovation and a magnet for sports tourism.
*Richmond Raceway: John Harrelson at Harrelson Photography
*Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K: Sports Backers
RIC: Always By Your Side
Just miles away from the center of Richmond, RIC continues to offer travelers from around the globe a convenient way to get to and from Richmond — and to easily access other great regions in Virginia.
*Historic photo of Richmond International Airport: Dementi Studio
*Richmond International Airport: Chris Cunningham
RIC Invests In The Community
Over the years, RIC has invested more than $400 million in modernizing our infrastructure and improving our roadway access. What’s more, we support area job growth, with an estimated economic impact of $2.1 billion annually.
*Skyline Richmond: Creative Commons Skyline Richmond by Jim is licensed under CC by 2.0.
We're Still Growing!
Thanks to the community’s steadfast support, RIC has been one of the fastest-growing airports in America over the past four years.
*Richmond International Airport: Google Earth
Here For You
RIC is dedicated to continuing to provide a world-class experience to all types of travelers, serving as the shining gateway for this amazing region.
*Richmond International Airport: Casey Templeton