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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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March Passenger Traffic Increases 12.9% to Establish New Monthly Record at Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport, VA (April 30, 2019) Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports 366,592 travelers transiting the facility in March 2019, a new monthly record topping the previous March passenger traffic mark of 324,714 set one year ago. This is the 18th consecutive month that RIC has reported a new record. Passenger Traffic For March, passenger…
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Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Conduct Full-Scale Triennial Emergency Response Exercise

Richmond International Airport, VA (April 15, 2019) Emergency Exercise Facts: As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airports are to conduct full-scale tests of their Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) every three years. Such drills not only test the AEP, but also create a real-time practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be…
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Allegiant Launches New Nonstop Service to Sarasota from Richmond with Fares as Low as $55 Each Way*

Richmond International Airport, VA (April 4, 2019) — Allegiant begins service today from Richmond to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). To celebrate, the company is offering fares on the new route as low as $55 each way*. “We’re excited to be adding this new service from Richmond,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning…
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RIC Passenger Traffic Increases 13.9%, Sets All-Time February Record

Richmond International Airport, VA (March 29, 2019 ) – For the 17th consecutive month, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a record level of travelers, as February’s total passenger count surpassed the previous record established a year ago. This year, RIC airlines reported 287,683 passengers versus 252,520 in February 2018 – a 13.9 percent increase. Passenger…
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Interested in Doing Business with Car Rental Concessionaires? This Event Is for You!

Richmond International Airport, VA (March 12, 2019) – On April 30th, Richmond International Airport (RIC) will partner with Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) to host a one-day diversity outreach event designed to inform small businesses about contracting opportunities with rental car concessionaires, part of a coast-to-coast initiative organized by the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) at…
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Richmond Airport Starts 2019 with a 14.1% Jump in Traffic

Richmond International Airport, VA (February 27, 2019) – For the 16th consecutive month, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports record passenger traffic as January 2019 had a 14.1 percent increase over the previous record established a year ago (296,735 passengers this year versus 260,133 in 2018). “Given local demand for air travel, it’s no surprise that…
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Winter Reminders

Richmond International Airport, VA (February 19, 2019) – 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. Passengers…
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Braxton Congrove’s VMFA Fellowship Program “TTYL” Exhibition Opens at RIC

Richmond International Airport, VA (February 6, 2019) – An exhibition of sculptures by Richmond-based artist Braxton Congrove, called “TTYL,” opened in February at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through July 2019. Congrove’s sculptural world depicts playful narratives alluding to adolescence. Forms are recognizable…
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Southwest Airlines Co. Announces Weekend Service to Tampa and Orlando from RIC

Richmond International Airport, VA (January 31, 2019) – With the extension of its published flight schedule through October 1, 2019, Southwest Airlines Co. today announced a new nonstop route, Richmond-Tampa, and the return of seasonal Richmond-Orlando service. Service between Richmond and Tampa will operate on Saturdays and Sundays, and Richmond-Orlando on Saturdays. Service to both…
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