The Capital Region Airport Commission is committed to serving the needs of the traveling public and the mass media.
The Commission owns and operates Richmond International Airport (RIC) and offers this media guide to provide local and national media with information and assistance from RIC and airport tenants.
Members of the media are welcome in public areas that include the airport’s ticketing hall, upper level connector and Atrium areas not adjacent to the entrances of security screening areas leading to or from Concourse A or B.
Photography and videotaping of the security checkpoints at the entrance to each concourse is prohibited. These security screening areas, the equipment, the screening procedures and personnel may not be photographed according to Airport Security Policy.
When filming at the airport, taking still photos or conducting interviews, all media should contact Richmond International Airport for assistance prior to arrival at the terminal complex. Media representatives are required to display press identification and identify themselves to anyone they interview, photograph or film.
The media should not block or restrict movement anywhere in the terminal, or obstruct concourse entrances and exits. When conducting interviews, the media must not interfere with airport or airline operations or the movement of travelers.
Media personnel with clearly identified company vehicles or television trucks providing live shots or satellite feeds may park in media/courier-designated areas on Terminal Drive, south of the passenger terminal. Satellite trucks should heed overhead clearance restrictions and may need to request police assistance to exit safely. As noted above, all media should contact Richmond International Airport for assistance prior to arrival at the terminal complex. Unattended vehicles may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Unmarked vehicles must use public parking garages or surface lots.
If there is a serious incident or emergency, a staging area for media will be established. Media will be notified via telephone, email, facsimile and/or internet website of the location of the staging area.
Airlines, FAA Air Traffic Control and pilots determine the delay, cancellation or re-routing of flights. Inquiries about the number of impacted flights and passengers should be directed to individual airlines.
Adverse weather conditions could affect airport operations due to airfield conditions, visibility or other reasons. Richmond International Airport does not close as a result of most inclement weather conditions. Atmospheric conditions, navigational equipment, aircraft equipment, pilot qualifications, aircraft de-icing, ground movement and terminal gate availability all impact decisions to have flights delayed, cancelled or re-routed to or from other airports.
Please note that flights may be delayed or cancelled due to weather at origin, destination or en-route cities. The terminal is typically open 24 hours a day – though few services may be available from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. – unless safety or other concerns warrant partial or full closure of the terminal.
In the event of a criminal investigation in progress, coordination of press activity will be a joint responsibility of the Richmond International Airport Police Department and the airport’s Public Information Officer. Filming of crime, accident or incident scenes or other investigative events will be controlled by the Richmond International Airport Police Department.
Requests for commercial filming or photography in or about airport facilities at RIC should be submitted in writing to email@example.com. Permission to film or photograph may be issued after review of potential impact on airport operations and is subject to the full execution of an agreement between the Capital Region Airport Commission and the interested production company. Agreements typically require a site fee, appropriate levels of insurance coverage and other contractual items.
The areas that are leased by the airlines and other tenants such as rental car agencies, restaurants and retail operators, including ticket counters, gate areas/waiting areas, private offices, restaurants and stores, are under the control of individual occupants. Media access to leased areas must be approved by appropriate businesses on a case-by-case basis.
Local airlines generally defer media questions to corporate communications desks located at headquarters or major focus cities. Contact information for the corporate communications groups at respective airlines is typically listed on individual airline websites.