Vision 2040: Determining the Future of RDU

On June 1, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority will kick off Vision 2040, our master planning program that will chart the airport’s future development over the next 25 years.

With the completion of Terminal 1 just last year, the Airport Authority completed a 15-year, nearly $1B construction period. During this time, we built a new parking garage, general aviation complex and Terminal 2 in addition to the Terminal 1 renovation.

RDU kicks off Vision2040 on June 1.
RDU kicks off Vision2040 on June 1.

We now turn our focus to the future.  Through Vision 2040, the Airport Authority is continuing its commitment to providing its customers a world-class experience while maintaining its role as one of the region’s economic drivers with an $8B annual impact.

To do this, we must plan for the future, but how do we do this?

First, we begin by assessing the airport’s infrastructure, facilities and available property. These assessments will allow us to define a capital improvement and asset management program that will take us through 2040.

An important part of this process will be public engagement.

Throughout the process, public involvement and stakeholder engagement will be critical to ensuring that the selected plan meets users’ needs by providing an efficient airport in a cost-effective manner. It will also meet the community’s needs by maintaining the airport’s role as one of the region’s economic drivers.

A total of eight public engagement events will be held — with the first to be held on June 29 in Durham and the second to be held on June 30 in Raleigh.  At these events, representatives from the airport will discuss the master planning process and the goals for the program, as well as a timeline and other considerations.

We invite the public to join us in this process. It will be an exciting time as we chart the airport’s course for the future.