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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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Vacation Express Announces New Non-Stops to Grand Bahama Island and Cancun from Richmond

ATLANTA, GA (March 21, 2014) Vacation Express announces new service to Grand Bahama Island and Cancun from Richmond International Airport (RIC).  Service to Cancun (CUN) starts May 19, 2014, and runs through August; service to Grand Bahama Island (FPO) starts May 4, 2014 and also runs through August. The Richmond to Cancun flight will be operated…
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VMFA’s “Modern Ruins: Photographs by Miranda Elliot” Exhibition Opens at RIC

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 24, 2014) An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Miranda Elliott, called “Modern Ruins: Photographs by Miranda Elliott,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through June 2014. This collection of images features vacant factories and warehouses in Montreal, Quebec,…
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Celebration Marks First Southwest Flight

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (November 4, 2013) Re-Posted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, November 4, 2013 by Katherine Calos. Balloons at the check-in counter and a fire truck salute on the tarmac celebrated the first Southwest Airlines flight at Richmond International Airport on Sunday. Water cannons arched their spray from both sides of the plane as it pulled into…
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Low-Cost Carrier Southwest Airlines Flies into Richmond

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (November 3, 2013) Re-Posted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Sunday, November 3, 2013. Story by Peter Bacque In a moment long awaited by local air travelers, Southwest Airlines started service at Richmond International Airport today. The low-fare, no-frills carrier is entering the Richmond market initially with just one daily round-trip, nonstop flight to Orlando, Fla., the…
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Sunday Q&A with: Jon E. Mathiasen with RIC

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (November 3, 2013) Re-Posted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Sunday, November 3, 2013. Story by Peter Bacque. Jon E. Mathiasen goes way back with Southwest Airlines. The president and CEO of Richmond International Airport first worked with Southwest Airlines when he was an official at the Midland, Texas, airport from 1983 to 1987. He also dealt…
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VMFA’s “Common Place” Exhibition Opens at RIC

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 22, 2012) An exhibition of photographs by Virginia artist Andrew Zimmermann opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through February 2013. Photographed within one mile of Zimmermann’s home in Arlington, VA, Common Place explores that sense of strangeness within a…
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VMFA’s “Other Places: Photographs by Mel Kobran” Exhibition Opens at RIC

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 7, 2013) An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Mel Kobran, called “Other Places: Photographs by Mel Kobran,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through February 2014. Kobran created the composite images in this exhibition from photographs taken during…
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RIC Goes Greener with Launch of New Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark Shuttles

RICHMOND, VA (August 8, 2013) ENVIRONMENTALLY POSITIVE TRANSITION TO CLEANER-BURNING ALTERNATIVE FUEL CREATES OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE RICHMOND REGION ASSETS Richmond International Airport (RIC) today launched service by nine new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark shuttle buses. The reduced-emissions shuttles, operated by Standard Parking, offer 24/7/365 door-to-door service between the terminal and RIC’s Economy Parking facilities. “We’re…
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Global Benchmarking Study Ranks RIC as One of the World’s Most Efficient Airports

Richmond, VA (August 2, 2013) AIR TRANSPORT RESEARCH SOCIETY (ATSR) STUDY RANKS RIC #2 IN NORTH AMERICA FOR OPERATING EFFICIENCY, MANAGEMENT AMONG SMALL- AND MID-SIZED AIRPORTS News Facts The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS), headquartered at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, was established in 1995 to advance research on global issues on…
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