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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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Airport Unveils “Welcome to Richmond” Mural Created by Local Artists in Concourse A

Visitors in Concourse A can now view the new “Welcome to Richmond” mural by Gate 11 and the Market on Broad store. Created by local artists Paris Allen and Christian Kyle Harrell (aka “Humble”), the new mural spotlights an element of the local art scene and helps fuel curiosity about attractions across the Richmond region.…
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RIC Reports November Aviation Activity

For the month of November 2021, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a passenger count of 344,481, a 155.1 percent increase over the total for November 2020 and a 92.3 percent recovery of passenger traffic from pre-pandemic November 2019.   Delta Air Lines was the month’s market leader with a 30.9 percent share, closely followed by…
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Breeze Airways™ Announces New Service from Richmond to Palm Beach International Airport, From $59 One Way

Richmond, VA (December  6, 2021) –Breeze Airways, the Seriously Nice™ new U.S. low-fare airline, is adding a new route from Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in February, its first new market addition since the airline’s debut in May. With the new route, Breeze will now serve 4 destinations from Richmond:…
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AFCO Selected to Develop Aeronautical Facilities

Aviation Facilities Company Management, LLC (“AFCO”) has been selected to plan and develop portions of on-airport property at Richmond International Airport (RIC) for aeronautical industrial purposes. On October 26th, the Capital Region Airport Commission voted unanimously to approve the execution of a master development agreement between the Commission and AFCO. The agreement stipulates that AFCO…
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Arrive at Least 90 Minutes before Departure. It Can Make All the Difference.

With vaccinations on the rise and COVID-19 cases going down, air travel is revving back up, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome travelers back to our Richmond International Airport (RIC) terminal. The increase in the number of travelers makes it even more important to arrive at the terminal at least 90 minutes prior…
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Soon, Going to and from Charleston, New Orleans, and Tampa Will Be a “Breeze”

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is about to get a whole lot cooler. We’re excited to announce that RIC is one of 16 airports selected to join the inaugural network of Breeze Airways, the new “Seriously Nice” U.S. carrier from David Neeleman, who previously founded JetBlue, Brazil’s Azul, Canada’s WestJet, and Utah-based Morris Air, which was…
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Southwest Launches Service to Chicago (Midway), Denver’s Next

Following the April 12th launch of Southwest Airlines service from Richmond (RIC) to Chicago Midway (MDW), attention now shifts to May when the airline will inaugurate new nonstop service to Denver (DEN). “With flights to Chicago (Midway) starting in April and Denver flights on track for a May 9 inauguration, RIC enthusiastically welcomes the expansion…
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RIC Achieves GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

Richmond International Airport (RIC) has announced that it has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, RIC has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in its facilities. “The…
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JetBlue Announces Service to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Tampa

Richmond International Airport, VA – September 10, 2020   JetBlue Airways this morning announced new service to Los Angeles (LAX), Las Vegas (LAS), and Tampa (TPA) from Richmond International Airport (RIC) starting in November and December.   “Richmond International Airport (RIC) welcomes JetBlue’s historic news this morning, announcing the airport’s first-ever transcontinental option to Los…
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