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Richmond International Airport’s history officially began in the Civil War Era, when both Union and Confederate aeronauts used the site for reconnaissance activities. In 2007, the airport completed a major renovation project, establishing it as one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States.

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Holiday Travel Tips from Richmond International Airport

December 17, 2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (December 17, 2014) - Every holiday season, Richmond International Airport (RIC) prepares to ensure we provide a smooth travel experience for all our customers. With the holiday travel season in full swing, RIC recommends passengers follow these travel guidelines for a safe and stress-free travel experience. 

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Winter Weather Reminders

November 26, 2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 26, 2014) - In Richmond, winter months offer potential for snow, ice, and the ever fun "wintery mix." In the event of inclement weather, you can help to make your trip go as smooth as possible by checking with your airline regarding your flight status.

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TSA's Helpful Hints for Holiday Travelers

November 21, 2014

RICHMOND, VA (November 21, 2014) - In preparation of the upcoming holiday travel period, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reminding passengers are about the steps they can take to prepare for security screening at the checkpoint to help streamline the process for themselves and for other travelers.

 

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ALLEGIANT BRINGS RICHMOND TRAVELERS NEW NONSTOP SERVICE TO TAMPA BAY

November 12, 2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 12, 2014) — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), known for its affordable and convenient travel deals, today announces new low-cost, non-stop flights between Richmond and the Tampa Bay area beginning Feb. 13, 2015. In celebration of the new service, the company will offer introductory fares as low as $55* one way.

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Richmond International Airport (RIC) will Host a TSA Pre✓™ Enrollment Center Monday through Friday, October 20 - November 7

October 15, 2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 15, 2014) - 

How Does TSA Pre✓™ Work?

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently expanded participation in the TSA Pre✓™ program to Richmond International Airport (RIC).   This program allows participating flyers to experience a more efficient airport screening process by leaving on their...
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VMFA's "Photographs from El Salvador and Brazil" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

July 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 21, 2014) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Susan Sterner, called “Photographs from El Salvador and Brazil,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through January 2015.

This exhibit brings together two bodies of work from...

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RIC Urges Customers to Use the ‘90/40’ Planning Rule for Morning Departures

May 23, 2014

Richmond, VA (May 23, 2014) -  With Memorial Day weekend signaling the start of the busy Summer travel season, Richmond International Airport (RIC) urges customers to utilize the 90/40 planning rule when traveling this season: arrive at your ticket counter no later than 90 minutes before your flight and plan to be at your gate no later than 40...

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Richmond Airport Offering Flights to Cancun and Bahamas

May 20, 2014

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you're in need of a vacation, there are brand new options for travel to Mexico and the Bahamas from Richmond's Airport.  The first flight to Cancun took off Monday.

You can call it one more reason to fly Richmond. Airport staff hope Monday's flight is the first of many more to come.

Take your pick. Six nights in...

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SUN-DRENCHED BEACH GETAWAYS: Cancún and the Riviera Maya

March 24, 2014

ATLANTA, GA (March 24, 2014) - Call it seasonal-affective-disorder or just the winter blues, but there comes a time when sunshine, a beach hammock, and a Corona is just the cold-weather cure you crave.

Sure, you could soldier on, or you could hop a flight to Cancún: gateway to the finest beaches, hotels and resorts in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Richmond Heads to The Island of the Bahamas

March 24, 2014

ATLANTA, GA (March 24, 2014) - Crystal blue waters, golden sands and a tropical island breeze. Think you’re reading about heaven? You are, sort of. The Islands of the Bahamas comes pretty close. It’s no wonder the official tagline of these Caribbean islands is: “it’s better in the Bahamas.” Because it really is.

The best part of a vacation in...

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Vacation Express Announces New Non-stops to Grand Bahama Island and Cancun from Richmond

March 21, 2014

ATLANTA, GA (March 21, 2014) –Vacation Express announces new service to Grand Bahama Island and Cancun from Richmond International Airport (RIC).  Service to Cancun (CUN) starts May 19, 2014, and runs through August; service to Grand Bahama Island (FPO) starts May 4, 2014 and also runs through August. The Richmond to Cancun flight will be...

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VMFA's "Modern Ruins: Photographs by Miranda Elliott" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

February 24, 2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 24, 2014) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Miranda Elliott, called “Modern Ruins: Photographs by Miranda Elliott,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through June 2014.

This collection of images features vacant...

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Celebration marks first Southwest flight

November 4, 2013

Re-Posted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, November 4, 2013 by Katherine Calos.

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (November 4, 2013) - Balloons at the check-in counter and a fire truck salute on the tarmac celebrated the first Southwest Airlines flight at Richmond International Airport on Sunday.

Water cannons arched their spray from both...

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES LAUNCHES INAUGURAL FLIGHTS IN THREE CITIES

November 4, 2013

DALLAS, TX (November 4, 2013) — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) launched new flights this weekend in three cities that join the carrier’s network through previously established service by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways.  The new routes complete a plan to bring Southwest Airlines service to all domestic cities in the Company’s network by...

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Sunday Q&A with: Jon E. Mathiasen with Richmond International Airport

November 3, 2013

Re-Posted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Sunday, November 3, 2013. Story by Peter Bacque.

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (November 3, 2013) - Jon E. Mathiasen goes way back with Southwest Airlines.

The president and CEO of Richmond International Airport first worked with Southwest Airlines when he was an official at the Midland, Texas, airport...

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Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines flies into Richmond

November 3, 2013

Re-Posted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Sunday, November 3, 2013. Story by Peter Bacque

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (November 3, 2013) - In a moment long awaited by local air travelers, Southwest Airlines started service at Richmond International Airport today.

The low-fare, no-frills carrier is entering the Richmond market initially with...

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VMFA's "Other Places: Photographs by Mel Kobran " Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

October 7, 2013

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 7, 2013) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Mel Kobran, called “Other Places: Photographs by Mel Kobran,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through February 2014.

Kobran created the composite images in this exhibition...

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RIC Goes Greener with Launch of New Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark Shuttles

August 8, 2013

RICHMOND, VA (August 8, 2013) – Richmond International Airport (RIC) today launched service by nine new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark shuttle buses. The reduced-emissions shuttles, operated by Standard Parking, offer 24/7/365 door-to-door service between the terminal and RIC’s Economy Parking facilities.

“We’re very pleased, after more...

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Global Benchmarking Study Ranks Richmond International Airport (RIC) as One of the World’s Most Efficient Airports

August 2, 2013

Richmond, VA (August 2, 2013) - 

News Facts

  • The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS), headquartered at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, was established in 1995 to advance research on global issues on air transportation.
  • The ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report, which first launched in 2000, is the...
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RIC's Tips for Summer Air Travel

July 2, 2013

RICHMOND, VA (July 2, 2013) - The summer air travel season is heating up right alongside the weather. And with air travel poised for takeoff, Richmond International Airport (RIC) wants to make sure that you and your family get a fair shake when you take to the skies.

That's why RIC features a helpful list of air travel tips for customers.

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VMFA's "Unlinked: photographs by Matthew Warren" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

June 24, 2013

RICHMOND, VA (June 24, 2013) - An exhibition of photographs by Richmond-based artist Matthew Warren, called “Unlinked: Photographs by Matthew Warren,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through October 2013.

In these vibrant and eye-catching photographs, Warren takes...

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Capital Region Airport Commission Receives Airport Minority Advisory Council Award

June 13, 2013

Richmond, VA (June 13, 2013) – The Capital Region Airport Commission was named a recipient of a 2013 Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Award. The airport was recognized in the category entitled Award of the Organization-Regional Airports for initiatives that promoted the growth and development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). ...

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Southwest Announces NEW SERVICE and $89 Fares for Richmond

May 7, 2013

DALLAS, TX (May 7, 2013) – Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced new service beginning Nov. 3, 2013, to Richmond with a daily nonstop flight to Orlando. AirTran Airways will continue to operate nonstop service between Richmond and Atlanta.

Also on Nov. 3, 2013, Southwest will begin service to Pensacola and Memphis, completing the...

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RIC to Give NASCAR Fans a Break on Plane Fuel

March 28, 2013

RICHMOND, VA (March 28, 2013) - Richmond International Airport (RIC) is putting its money where its welcome for NASCAR is.

Teams and fans flying corporate and private aircraft into RIC for NASCAR race week April 22-28 will save six cents on every gallon of aviation fuel they buy for their planes — for about a one percent savings.

“Just a...

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VMFA's "Reflections of Our Past" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

February 25, 2013

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 25, 2013) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia artist Aaron Sanders, called “Reflections of Our Past,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through June 2013.

In these photographs, Sanders captures reflections not only of that...

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VMFA's "Common Place" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

October 21, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 22, 2012) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia artist Andrew Zimmermann opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through February 2013.

Photographed within one mile of Zimmermann’s home in Arlington, VA, Common Place explores that sense of...

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West Cary Group Launches New Mobile-Ready Website for Richmond International Airport

July 17, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 17, 2012) - West Cary Group, a minority-owned marketing communications and advertising agency headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, has redesigned and relaunched the official website of Richmond International Airport (RIC).

"West Cary Group is delivering on its pledge of helping to make RIC known as one of the most...

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AirTran Airways Gate Change Announcement

June 27, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 27, 2012) - AirTran Airways will move from Concourse A to Concourse B at Richmond International Airport (RIC) effective Thursday, June 28, 2012. The airline will operate all flights from gates B11 and B13 in Concourse B. AirTran travelers are encouraged to check their boarding passes for gate change information.

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VMFA's "American Places" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

June 26, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 26, 2012) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia artist William Wylie opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through October 2012.

In this exhibition Wylie uses part of the landscape-in both cases a pathway-to document a place. One is the...

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Air Traffic at Richmond International Airport Rose 3.2 Percent in April 2012

May 31, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (May 31, 2012) - At the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond International Airport (RIC) released information about key growth in passenger and cargo activity for April 2012.

Passenger Traffic: For April 2012, RIC reports a 3.2 percent increase in total passenger traffic versus the same period a...

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West Cary Group Set to Market Richmond International Airport

May 24, 2012

RICHMOND, VA (May 22, 2012) - West Cary Group, an award-winning marketing communications and advertising agency headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, has been selected Agency of Record for the Richmond International Airport (RIC). The firm will be responsible for general marketing, including web and mobile design and development, as well as brand...

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Capital Region Airport Commission Receives 2012 Metropolitan Business League Vision of Excellence Award

March 14, 2012

RICHMOND, VA (March 14, 2012) - Outreach to small, women and minority owned businesses recently earned the Capital Region Airport Commission, the owner and operator of Richmond International Airport (RIC), the 2012 Vision of Excellence Award from the Metropolitan Business League. The annual award recognizes a business for promoting economic...

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VMFA's "What Most Are Waiting For" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

February 27, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 27, 2012) - An exhibition of paintings by Virginia artist Jeff Majer opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through June 2012.

The paintings presented in What Most Are Waiting For feature a subject matter with which we all are familiar:...

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Confirm Plans to Maintain AirTran Airways Operations at 22 Domestic and International Airports

January 20, 2012

DALLAS, Texas (January 20, 2012) - Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways confirmed today the intent to convert AirTran Airways operations at 22 domestic and international airports to Southwest operations over time.

The 22 AirTran airports that will continue to operate and will eventually join the...

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