RDU Serves Pandemic Record of One Million Monthly Passengers 

Airport Welcomes Two New Airlines: A total of 1,003,348 passengers flew through Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in April – a 65% increase over April of 2021 and the highest monthly count since the start of the pandemic. For the calendar year to date, RDU has served 3.3 million passengers, an increase of 92% compared to January through April 2021. 

“RDU has shifted from recovery to growth mode as we prepare for the busiest travel season of the year,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “As we welcome new and returning nonstop routes, RDU travelers can look forward to more flight options to their favorite destinations.” 

Travelers should plan to arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours in advance of international flights and book parking in advance at ParkRDU.com to get the lowest available rate and guaranteed entry into the parking area of their choice.  

International Travel: RDU welcomed Icelandair as its 12th airline this month when the first nonstop flight to Reykjavik launched on May 12. The Iceland route joins Cancun and Toronto as RDU’s third international destination.  It was the first transatlantic flight to depart RDU since March 2019.  Flights that were paused during the pandemic are returning, with nonstops to Montreal and London scheduled to come back in early June. 

Domestic Travel: Avelo Airlines will become RDU’s 13th airline next week when it begins new service to Southern Connecticut. The nonstop flight offers easy access to the metro New York area – RDU’s most frequented destination. Frontier is bringing eight new or returning routes to RDU, including four last month and four in late May.