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While aeronautical activities in the area date back to reconnaissance and artillery spotting from hot air balloons in the 1860s during the American Civil War, Richmond International Airport’s history officially began on October 15, 1927, with Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis serving as the airport’s first official visitors. In 2007, the airport completed a major renovation project, establishing it as one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States.

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Breeze Adding 5 Destinations from Richmond in Two Days, Including New Nonstops to Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York-Islip, & Returning Service to Providence and Jacksonville, from $49* One Way

Appearing in the photo (front row, left to right): Andy Edmunds, Director, Virginia Film Office; John Rutledge, COO, Richmond International Airport; Basil Dosunmu, CFO, Richmond International Airport; Carol Gaddis, Director – IT & Innovation, Richmond International Airport; Perry Miller, President & CEO, Richmond International Airport; Jennifer Wakefield, President & CEO, Greater Richmond Partnership; Gareth Edmondson-Jones,…
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RIC Reports New March Passenger Record 

First Monthly Record since the Arrival of COVID-19; March 2023 Total Tops the Previous Mark Established in 2019        Richmond International Airport, VA – April 28, 2023  At the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reported record March passenger traffic as March 2023’s count of 385,113 surpassed the previous…
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Commission Wins 2023 Virginia Green Award

Owner/Operator of Richmond International Airport (RIC) Recognized for Continued Commitment to Environmental Stewardship  Richmond International Airport, VA – March 28, 2023 – At the 10th Annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held earlier this month in Virginia Beach, the Capital Region Airport Commission, owner and operator of Richmond International Airport (RIC), was among ten organizations recognized…
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Spirit to Offer Las Vegas Flights Starting in May

New Route Joins the Airline’s Current Service to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale Richmond, VA (March 17, 2023) – Spirit Airlines is now taking reservations for new daily flights from Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Las Vegas (LAS) starting on May 5, 2023. This will be Spirit’s third destination from RIC, joining Orlando (MCO) and Ft.…
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Breeze Announces 2 New Destinations from Richmond

Breeze Announces 2 New Destinations from Richmond: Nonstop to New York-Islip and Cincinnati –- 9 Routes Now On Sale from RIC, From Just $39* One Way –- Richmond, VA (February 14, 2023) – Breeze Airways, the newest, nicest low-fare airline, is adding two new destinations from Richmond, both starting in May, including to New York’s…
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Sun Country Airlines to Offer New Flights between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Richmond (RIC)

Sun Country Airlines today announced plans to provide twice-weekly service between Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Richmond International Airport (RIC) starting May 19, 2023. “We applaud Sun Country Airlines for seeing the immediate potential of flights between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Richmond,” said Perry J. Miller, A.A.E, I.A.P., president and CEO of the Capital…
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Breeze Announces New Service to Phoenix from Richmond

Richmond, VA (October 19, 2022) – Breeze Airways, the Seriously Nice™ low-fare airline founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, is launching new service to Phoenix, AZ, from Richmond, on February 10, with fares starting from $99* one way.   From Richmond, VA:  Phoenix, AZ** (Fri and Mon, starting February 10, Nice from $99* one way; Nicer from $179*,…
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Soaring since 1927: RIC Celebrates 95 Years of Service to Virginia’s Capital Region

Today, Richmond International Airport (RIC) celebrates 95 years of serving Virginia’s Capital Region. Officially opening on October 15, 1927, Richard E. Byrd Airport, named after the Virginia explorer-aviator, Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, was dedicated. Among the guests present at the opening ceremony was Col. Charles Lindbergh and his famous aircraft The Spirit of St. Louis.…
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RIC Welcomes Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding to Renovate Federal Inspection Services (FIS) Facility

The Capital Region Airport Commission learned today Richmond International Airport (RIC) will be awarded $665,000 of 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to renovate its federal inspection services (FIS) facility to meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service facility standards for international travel processing. “We work every day to make travel at RIC an excellent experience…
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