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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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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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RIC Again Sets All-Time Annual Record, Surpassing Four Million-Passenger Milestone in 2018

Richmond International Airport, VA (January 29, 2019 ) – Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a new annual traffic record as more than four million passengers flew in and out of the Airport in 2018. With every month setting a record along the way, the 2018 total of 4,077,763 passengers represents an 11.5 percent increase over…
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RIC Traffic Soars +16.9% to New November Record

Richmond International Airport, VA (December 13, 2018) – Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a new November passenger traffic record as 370,289 traveled through terminal during the month, a 16.9 percent increase over the 2017 count of 316,622. November 2018 is the 14th consecutive record month at the Airport. “We are so thankful for what is…
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RIC Traffic Climbs 11.7%, Sets New October Record

Richmond International Airport, VA (November 29, 2018) – At the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reported a new October passenger record as 382,002 travelers transited the facility during the month, an increase of nearly 40,000 passengers over the October count of 342,055 in 2017. October 2018 represents the…
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Holiday Travel Tips From Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport, VA (November 16, 2018) – Every holiday season, Richmond International Airport (RIC) prepares to ensure we provide a smooth travel experience for all our customers. With Thanksgiving signaling the start of the holiday travel season, RIC recommends passengers follow these travel guidelines for a safe and stress-free travel experience. Know before you go…
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Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to Sarasota with Fares as Low as $65*

RICHMOND, VA (November 13, 2018) — Allegiant today announces service from Richmond to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) beginning April 4, 2019. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $65.* “We’re thrilled to be adding a new destination for Richmond-area travelers,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of…
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Despite Florence, RIC Reports New September Record

Richmond International Airport, VA  (October 31, 2018) – Despite six days’ of schedule impacts due to Hurricane Florence, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a new monthly record as 321,484 passengers used the facility in September 2018, topping the previous mark set two years ago. This is the 12th consecutive monthly record at RIC. Passenger Traffic…
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Airport Awards $28.488 Million Concourse A Extension Project

Richmond International Airport, VA – September 25, 2018 At its monthly meeting, the Capital Region Airport Commission today awarded the Concourse A Extension Project of Richmond International Airport (RIC) to W.M. Schlosser Company, Inc., of Hyattsville, Maryland. The company’s bid of $28,488,000 was within two percent of the cost estimate for the project. “The Concourse…
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