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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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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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RIC to Conduct Full-Scale Response Test

Emergency Exercise Facts As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airports must conduct full-scale tests of their Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) every three years. Such create a real-time practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be necessary in the event of an actual incident. Emergency response measures build upon the National Incident…
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Virginia Green Recognizes RIC’s Sustainability Efforts

At the 9th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held this week in Richmond, the Virginia Green Travel program recognized 20 Virginia tourism businesses, including Richmond International Airport (RIC), and seven individuals for their outstanding efforts to protect the environment and support green tourism in Virginia. “Conserving natural resources, engaging customers, and working to increase sustainable…
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Winter Reminders at RIC

Richmond International Airport, VA (March 11, 2022) – Since winter months offer potential for snow, sleet, freezing rain and/or ice, you can help to make your trip go as smoothly as possible by checking with your airline – via its website or mobile app – regarding your flight status prior to leaving for the airport.…
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Breeze Airways is Adding 35 Routes From 10 New Cities This Summer

Salt Lake City, UT (March 8, 2022) – Breeze Airways, the Seriously Nice™ new U.S. low-fare airline founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, is adding 35 routes this summer from 10 new cities, coast to coast.  Breeze, which began service in May, 2021 primarily in the east and southeast of the United States, is now…
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Breeze Airways™ Inaugurates New Service from Richmond to Palm Beach

New York, NY (February 19, 2021) – Breeze Airways, the Seriously Nice™ new U.S. low-fare airline, is adding new service today from Richmond to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), the airline’s 18th destination nationally.  The new route is a Saturday-only roundtrip for now. “Breeze’s business model is to add ‘nice, new nonstop’ flights on routes…
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