Raleigh-Durham International Airport Posts 4 Percent Gain in Passengers

RDU Airport, NC – The number of passengers traveling through Raleigh-Durham International Airport during August rose nearly 4 percent compared to August 2011. The numbers were released today at the monthly meeting of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board.

More than 830,000 passengers traveled through RDU during the month, up from 803,000 during the same month last year.

The increase is attributed to a high load factor, which refers to the percentage of seats filled on a flight, and the Labor Day holiday. This year, one day of the Labor Day holiday travel period fell in August, which it did not last year.

For the year, the number of passengers traveling through RDU is up just over 1 percent.

Deputy Airport Director McElvaney Accepts Position in Qatar
Airport Authority Board Chair Terry Yeargan today announced that Deputy Airport Director of Operations Mike McElvaney has accepted the position of Vice President of Operations at New Doha International Airport in Qatar.

He will oversee operations at the existing airport and will be involved in the transition of operations to a new airport that is currently under construction.

McElvaney arrived at RDU in 2004. During his tenure, he has overseen the airport’s operations, emergency services, law enforcement, parking and ground transportation departments.

The airport will immediately begin a national search for McElvaney’s replacement.


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