The mission of the Capital Region Airport Commission is twofold: 1.) to provide access to high-quality, safe air travel services for the citizens of Central Virginia and 2.) through its air travel and related facilities, to serve as the catalyst for economic development of the region. In pursuit of this mission, the Commission recognizes the importance of providing choices for the traveling public by supporting competition among its six airlines: AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines and US Airways. The success of each of these airlines is invaluable to providing a high-quality and competitive air service marketplace for the citizens of Central Virginia.
Efforts to encourage competition over the past decade have resulted in a decrease in fare premiums and an increase in quality and frequency of service. Competition has also led to an increase of roughly one million passengers traveling through the Richmond International Airport, including travelers who previously drove to other airports to take advantage of lower fares. This increase in passengers, coupled with significant savings on ticket costs, has resulted in an increase in local spending and injected millions of additional dollars into the region's economy.
In order to ensure that these airlines remain in the Central Virginia market and to sustain competition, the Commission strongly encourages ridership from Richmond Region travelers on all eight airlines. Competitive air service provides passengers with more choices of carriers to more destinations at lower fares and creates a marketplace in which all airlines can succeed.