RDU to Focus on Infrastructure as Passenger Volume Continues Growth Trend

RDU Airport, N.C. – Departing passenger traffic at Raleigh-Durham International Airport climbed to 455,329 for the month of January – a 12.3 percent increase over January 2018. RDU has experienced more than five percent passenger growth each year since 2015.

 Airline partners continue to grow their business at RDU. Today, RDU offers its flying public 11 airline options to 66 different nonstop destinations with the flexibility of more than 400 daily flights. Forecasted seat capacity is 10 percent above 2018 – an important indicator for airlines considering service expansion or retention.

 “This type of growth is the reason we must continue to invest in RDU’s infrastructure,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “The Authority will continue its focus on meeting the demand of our growing community.”

 Congressman David Price Speaks at Authority Board Meeting

 U.S. Rep. David Price (NC-04) attended today’s Airport Authority Board of Directors meeting to express his commitment to support increased federal funding for critical airport infrastructure projects across the nation. Rep. Price represents the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and was recently appointed chairman of the congressional subcommittee that oversees federal airport appropriations. During his remarks, Rep. Price voiced support for funding projects identified in Vision 2040, RDU’s master plan, and particularly the replacement of RDU’s primary runway, 5L-23R.

 Construction Projects Update

 Several upcoming projects at Raleigh-Durham International Airport seek to expand the airport’s capacity for service and demand growth. Two major projects – preservation of the current runway 5L-23R, and development of its eventual replacement runway – are scheduled to launch this year. Both projects are a part of the airport’s Vision 2040 master plan.

 Visiting travelers can expect to see the completion of a security checkpoint expansion in Terminal 2 in May and work has begun to support wayfinding signage improvements later this year.