Passenger Growth Sets Record at RDU

Board Approves $10 million FAA Grant, Discusses T2 Checkpoint Expansion

Passenger volume at RDU hit an all-time high in June, with more than 679,000 travelers boarding flights throughout the month – a 10.6 percent increase over June 2018.

“We are pleased to see a record number of passengers choosing RDU for business and leisure travel,” said Michael J. Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “Along with that comes growing pains on our roads and runways and in our terminals. The FAA grant will helps us fund rehabilitation of Taxiway B while we look for ways to pay for new and unfunded infrastructure needs.”

RDU recommends travelers arrive at the airport at least two hours early for domestic flights to navigate potential traffic congestion, find parking and complete the airline check-in and security screening process. International travelers should add an extra hour.

RDU receives $10 million from the FAA: the Board of Directors approved receipt of a $10 million grant from the FAA to complete the reconstruction of Taxiway B. The grant brings the FAA’s commitment to the project to $22 million, or 73 percent of the total projected cost.

Board addresses T2 checkpoint expansion: the board also discussed future expansion of security lanes at Terminal 2. RDU expanded from 10 security lanes to 12 in May and will open two more next year, bringing the total to 14. The airport’s operations team is also planning for construction of additional lanes to accommodate continued growth.

Delta adds Jacksonville Flight: Delta Airlines will add daily nonstop service to Jacksonville, Fla. from RDU beginning Sept. 7. RDU is one of Delta’s largest non-hub airports, offering up to 81 flights a day to 31 domestic and international destinations. Delta has more than doubled its service from RDU since 2010, including the addition of new nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare, New Orleans and Pittsburgh earlier this year.