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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.

To learn how the airport and the industry have evolved, see our History. To get the latest news, why not sign up for OnTime, our e-Newsletter? This publication is filled with the most up-to-date travel alerts, RIC news and airfare promotions.

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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Recapping the Capital Region Airport Commission’s June Meeting

At the regular monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a 91.6 percent decrease in total passenger traffic with 33,125 passengers this year compared to 392,263 in May 2019 (a record month when reported). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, fiscal year 2020 (FY20) passenger traffic has…
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RIC Receives Virginia Green Travel Alliance Award as Green Transportation Facility of the Year

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Virginia Green Travel Alliance announced the winners of the 2019 Virginia Green Travel Star & Leader Awards. These awards are presented annually to Virginia’s greenest tourism operators and partners for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism in Virginia. “We are incredibly…
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RIC Responds to COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus) Concerns

At Richmond International Airport (RIC), the safety of every passenger, tenant, employee, or guest that visits RIC is our highest concern. RIC is working to provide a best practices response to concerns associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), first reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019. The Airport is tracking the latest information from…
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RIC Reports New January Record, 8.2% Upswing in Traffic

For the 28th consecutive month, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports record monthly passenger traffic as January 2020’s count (320,991) surpassed the previous record (296,735) established a year ago by 8.2 percent.  RIC’s passenger traffic is up 5.5 percent for Fiscal Year 2020.   “With seven consecutive years of growth in the books, it’s very satisfying…
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