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RDU Update Monthly

The Official Newsletter of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

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July 2013

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Salt Lake City — RDU's Newest Destination

In December, Delta Air Lines will launch daily non-stop service to Salt Lake City. The new route opens connections to the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest. With this route, RDU is now connected to each of the airline’s domestic hubs. Delta also announced four new daily flights to Philadelphia, increasing options for passengers to this key business destination. Continue Reading.

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Feature: 48 Hours In: Tampa

In this new series, RDU partners with the convention and visitors bureaus of our non-stop destination cities to bring you great ideas for your next trip. We start with Tampa, on Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast, which offers experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime. Continue Reading.

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Indulge This Summer.

Terminal 2, Gate D8
Ice Cream, Sandwiches and more. Dive into the goodness.

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Putting A Plan Into Action

On July 3, RDU responded to a call about an unattended bag leaking an unidentified liquid. The event prompted the evacuation of Terminal 2’s bag claim for 90 minutes. While we never like disruptions for our passengers, our emergency plan worked. Continue Reading.

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The Fives: The USO of NC Center

Even over holidays, like our recently celebrated Independence Day, the volunteers of the USO of NC Center at RDU are on duty, providing for the needs of traveling military members 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Continue reading.

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A First Class Departure

American Airlines has given RDU many things over the years – hub status, a non-stop flight to London and Christina Deutsch. This month, Christina departed RDU after arriving in the mid-1980s. Continue Reading.

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General Aviation: A Great Place To View Planes

Many have visited the highly-acclaimed Observation Park at RDU. But, have you viewed planes from the General Aviation Terminal? Here are 10 reasons why it’s a great spot to visit. Continue Reading.

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The Cuddliest Firefighter

RDU’s newest firefighter helps comfort children who have become ill, injured or scared when they or an adult are traveling through the airport. Learn how our cuddliest firefighter came to be and help us give him a name. Continue Reading.

Airport Statistics

Statistics are from May 2013. View the complete report.

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Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board

John T. "Tommy" Hunt
Chairman, Durham County

John Kane
Wake County

Geoff Elting
Vice Chairman, City of Raleigh

Robert D. Teer, Jr.
City of Durham

Farad Ali
Secretary, City of Durham

Clay Wheeler
Durham County

Dickie Thompson
Treasurer, City of Raleigh

Terry Yeargan
Wake County