Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Richmond Region

Early December Storm May Cause Delays at RIC

December 8, 2017

RICHMOND, Virginia (December 8, 2017) - The Richmond Region is under a winter weather advisory from Friday night through Saturday. A storm system is expected to bring a round of rain, sleet, and snow to the area, with accumulation of 1-3 inches of snow possible. As the storm reaches the area, there is the possibility for delays and/or cancellations of some flights.

As of 11:00 AM today, RIC is reporting no cancellations for Saturday, however this may change as the storm arrives later tonight. As inclement weather may impact flights to or from some destinations, you can help to make your trip go as smoothly as possible by checking with your airline – via its website or mobile app – regarding your flight status prior to leaving for the airport. In addition, passengers should have the confirmation and phone numbers to all airlines, hotels and rental car agencies they may be using in preparation for potential weather-related disruptions.

Also, the Transportation Security Administration has a downloadable app (called MyTSA) for mobile devices that tracks airport delays, offers travel tips and posts security checkpoint wait times.

Air carriers may issue change fee waivers to allow rescheduling to alternate dates. For fee waiver policies, please contact your air carrier:

Allegiant Air - www.allegiantair.com
American Airlines - www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com
JetBlue Airways - www.jetblue.com
OneJet Airlines - www.onejet.com
Southwest Airlines - www.southwest.com
United Airlines - www.united.com

If you do plan to travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) suggests allowing extra time to travel to your destination and be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. For the latest roadway conditions in Virginia, please visit VDOT's travel center website.

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Holiday Travel Tips from Richmond International Airport

November 21, 2017

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 21, 2017) - Every holiday season, Richmond International Airport (RIC) prepares to ensure we provide a smooth travel experience for all our customers. With Thanksgiving signaling the start of the holiday travel season, RIC recommends passengers follow these travel guidelines for a safe and stress-free travel experience. 

Know before you go

  • Arrive early: Travelers are strongly encouraged to check in at least 90 minutes prior to departure. Once checked in, proceed directly to the security screening checkpoints. 40 minutes prior to departure, travelers should be at their departure gates, ready to board. Learn more about security screening.
  • New TSA screening procedures for carry-on electronics: Per the TSA, travelers must remove ALL electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image.
  • Remember, it's 3-1-1 for liquids: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles must fit in one quart size plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening. This includes sun block and tanning sprays. One quart-size bags is permitted per person.
  • Check for prohibited items: Use the "Can I bring my..." feature on TSA's website to check what items are allowed/ not allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. Smartphone users can easily download the free "MyTSA" app for that feature and to find additional helpful information about TSA policies and procedures.
  • Prepare for security: Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out and remove electronics, including all electronics larger than a cell phone, and the 3-1-1 compliant liquids bag, from carry-on baggage.
  • Gifts: While wrapped gifts are allowed, security officers may need to unwrap a gift to resolve an alarm. TSA recommends passengers wrap gifts after their flight or ship them ahead of time to avoid the possibility of having to open them during the screening process.
  • Food: Food items such as pies and cakes are permitted, but may require further inspection.  If travelers are not sure if a food item is considered a liquid or gel, it is best to pack the item in checked baggage or ship it to a destination in advance.
  • Children 12 and under and adults 75 and older: TSA has modified the screening procedures for children 12 and under and adults 75 and older.
  • TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 complaint liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select screening lanes. Those eligible for TSA Pre✓® can participate at more than 180 airports, including Richmond, when traveling on a participating airline. If you are interested in enrolling in TSA Pre✓®, visit www.tsa.gov.
  • TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling. Injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

Small tips that can make a big difference

  • Thirsty flyers - bottled water: You can't bring a bottle of water through the checkpoint, but you can bring an empty bottle through the checkpoint and then fill it up once you're through security.
  • Footwear: You'll need to remove your shoes at the checkpoint, so wear footwear that is easy to slip on and off.
  • Hold onto your hat - lost & found: People leave items in the checkpoint bins all the time. If you think you may have lost items at a RIC checkpoint, call 804-226-8585.
  • Stay connected: If you are traveling with a laptop or other large electronic items, tape a business card or other identification on it so that if you leave it at a checkpoint, TSA can contact you to make sure you get it back.

RIC Amenities: Customers at Richmond International Airport enjoy a state of the art, two-level terminal featuring upper level departures and lower level arrivals areas, spacious ticketing and baggage claim halls, a variety of restaurants and retail stores, and widened and improved security checkpoint portals. Business travelers enjoy the comfort and convenience of RIC’s Business Center, featuring meeting space, conference rooms and communication services. Other airport amenities include free airport-wide WiFi service, an Inter-Faith Chapel, full service banking and ATM facilities, free shuttle service between the terminal and economy parking lots, curbside taxi service, USO Center for active duty and retired military personnel, and a Visitor Information Center offering Richmond and regional information.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States. Scheduled service from RIC offers nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting options to points around the globe. More than 3.6 million passengers travel through RIC annually.

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Travel Advisory: Airport Drive Flyover Closed July 25 - 26, 2017 for Construction

July 24, 2017

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 24, 2017) –Richmond International Airport’s (RIC) flyover roadway from Airport Drive to Terminal Drive will be closed to all vehicle traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 & 26, 2017. due to construction.

When approaching the terminal on Airport Drive, customers are advised to follow the temporary traffic signage that will be posted during this period. Airport public safety personnel will be in place on Airport Drive to alert motorists of the temporary pattern change.

 

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CONTACT
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
Richmond International Airport
804-226-3022


 

RIC Weather Advisory - SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

Potential for Severe Storms Could Impact Flights at Richmond International Airport Thursday

April 5, 2017

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 5, 2017) - The National Weather Service in Wakefield is forecasting a potential chance for severe thunderstorms that could affect the Richmond region during the overnight hours Wednesday through Thursday, April 6th.  The impacts of this potentially hazardous weather include winds in excess of 60 to 70 mph, hail, and a chance of tornadic activity across Central Virginia. As the storm moves into the area, there is a possibility for delays and/or cancellations of some flights at Richmond International Airport. 

As inclement weather may impact flights to or from some destinations, you can help to make your trip go as smoothly as possible by checking with your airline – via its website or mobile app – regarding your flight status prior to leaving for the airport. In addition, passengers should have the confirmation and phone numbers to all airlines, hotels and rental car agencies they may be using to modify reservations if travel plans change. Also, the Transportation Security Administration has a downloadable app (called MyTSA) for mobile devices that tracks airport delays, offers travel tips and posts security checkpoint wait times.

When severe weather or other major events impact flight operations, some air carriers may issue travel waivers to allow you to change to alternate flights without paying a change fee. For fee waiver policies, please contact your air carrier:

Allegiant Air - www.allegiantair.com
American Airlines - www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com
JetBlue Airways - www.jetblue.com
OneJet - www.onejet.com
Southwest Airlines - www.southwest.com
United Airlines - www.united.com

During incliment weather, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) typically suggests allowing extra time to travel to your destination. For the latest roadway conditions in Virginia, please visit VDOT's travel center website.

 

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Travel Advisory: DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones from Airplanes

October 19, 2016

RICHMOND, VA (October 19, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States.

Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo. 

For additional informatin, please visit the DOT website.

 

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
804-226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com
 

For the September NASCAR Weekend, Richmond International Airport (RIC) Waives Fuel Flowage Fee for General Aviation Aircraft

Weeklong Waiver Period Extended for the 4th Consecutive Year

September 6, 2016

Richmond International Airport, VA (September 6, 2016) - 

At the August meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, members unanimously supported a resolution to waive the $0.06 per gallon fuel flowage fee for general aviation aircraft using fixed base operators (FBOs) at Richmond International Airport during the September NASCAR week.

The fuel flowage fee waiver is in effect for the period beginning 12:01 a.m. September 5, 2016, to 11:59 p.m. September 12, 2016.

“We are very appreciative of the tremendous turn out by fans using private planes, sponsors in corporate aircraft, and race teams shuttling in and out during NASCAR race weeks at Richmond International Raceway,” said Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE, president and CEO of the airport. “NASCAR is big business in Richmond, with a noticeable increase in passenger traffic in the terminal and parked aircraft on the ramp. We intend to provide the warmest welcome possible.”

This is the fourth year that RIC has waived fuel flowage fees for at least one race weekend.

Supporting Resources

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

In July 2016, more than 327,000 passengers utilized RIC, which represents the second-best July in the Airport’s history.

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States for commercial, corporate, and general aviation aircraft. Scheduled service from RIC offers nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting options to points around the globe. More than 3.5 million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually.  For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

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Contact Information
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Allegiant Launches NEW NONSTOP SERVICE TO FLORIDA FROM RICHMOND WITH FARES AS LOW AS $39

April 14, 2016

RICHMOND, VA (April 14, 2016) — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today launches new nonstop flights to Florida from the Richmond International Airport (RIC). New nonstop service to Orlando / Sanford begins today, April 14, 2016 and new nonstop service to Jacksonville, Florida begins April 15, 2016. To celebrate the new flights to the Sunshine State, Allegiant is offering one-way fares on the new routes for as low as $39.*        

“We’re excited to begin these new flights from Richmond to Florida, offering local travelers two new sunny destinations to vacation in this summer,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “We’re confident that these new flights will be well-received by the Richmond community.”

New flights from Richmond International Airport (RIC) include:

  1. Orlando / Sanford, Florida via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) – begins April 14, 2016 with fares as low as $56**
  2. Jacksonville, Florida via Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) – begins April 15, 2016 with fares as low as $39*

Both new routes will operate twice weekly. The new service will provide Richmond travelers with their only nonstop, ultra-low-cost flight option to Orlando / Sanford and Jacksonville. The new nonstop flights will add to Allegiant’s current service from Richmond to St. Pete / Clearwater, Florida. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

“We celebrate Allegiant’s new flights from Richmond to Florida, our region’s most demanded destination for vacations,” said John V. Mazza, Jr., chairman, Capital Region Airport Commission. “Just in time for spring and summer trips, we anticipate that the nonstop flights and vacation package offerings from Allegiant should be very popular with Richmonders.”

Allegiant will offer a unique option to Richmond travelers with low base fares averaging less than half the cost of domestic round-trip tickets purchased in 2015. The innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one aircraft and one route over 15 years ago, to offering convenient, affordable vacation travel in over 110 markets across the country, more than any other low-cost airline. 

*About the introductory one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by April 22, 2016 for travel by Nov. 14, 2016. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply.

**About the introductory one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by April 21, 2016 for travel by Nov. 13, 2016. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal.®
Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars and attraction tickets. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with airfares less than half the cost of average domestic roundtrip ticket. 

 

CONTACT:

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

United Airlines Launches New Richmond-Denver Service

Longest and Most-Westerly Flight from Richmond International Airport (RIC)

April 5, 2016

Richmond, VA (April 5, 2016) - United Airlines today launched first-ever daily service between Richmond International Airport and Denver International Airport. United operates the Richmond-Denver flights with 76-seat Embraer EMB 175 aircraft offering United First®, Economy Plus, and Economy seating options.

“United’s new daily service to Denver provides our customers from throughout Virginia’s Capital Region with convenient access to another major economic center and home to one of our largest hub airports,” said Kellie Clough, United’s sales manager in Richmond. “We are committed to making United the airline of choice for customers traveling to Denver and beyond.”

“The growth of the region is dependent upon our ability to transport people in and out of the area in an efficient and economical fashion,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “United’s nonstop flight between Richmond and Denver will enable visitors, business executives and other talent to go back and forth between two great American cities, benefiting the economy in both areas."

Route Facts

  • At 1,482 miles, the new route will be the longest and most westerly flight originating from RIC.
  • Denver ranks as the 11th-most popular destination for Richmond Region travelers.
  • More than 60,000 passengers a year travel between Denver and Richmond.

Supporting Resources

About United Airlines
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 20 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States. Scheduled service from RIC offers nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting options to points around the globe. RIC welcomes more than 3.5 million passengers annually. For more information, please visit flyrichmond.com.

 

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CONTACT:

Richmond International Airport
Troy Bell
tbell@flyrichmond.com or 804-226-3022

Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Response Exercise This Weekend

Test of Airport Emergency Plan (AEP), Mandated by FAA, Scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd, 9:00 am until Conclusion of Response Scenarios

April 1, 2016

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 1, 2016) -

Emergency Exercise Facts

  • As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airports are to conduct full-scale tests of their Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) every three years. Such drills not only test the AEP, but also create a realtime practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be necessary in the event of an actual incident.
  • Emergency response measures build upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which provides a consistent and scalable template for managing incidents.
  • Between triennial full-scale drills, airports conduct other simulations and training exercises, such as tabletop work sessions with the participation of supporting organizations.
  • Accordingly, Richmond International Airport (RIC) will conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise this Saturday, April 2nd.
  • Participants may include: RIC Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), RIC Police (RICPD) and other airport staff and management representatives, airline representatives, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Henrico Division of Fire, Henrico Division of Police, Chesterfield Fire & EMS Department, Richmond Fire & EMS Department, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the American Red Cross, FAA Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC/FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health (including Medical Examiner’s office), Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond.

 

Impact during the Drill Period

  • The airport anticipates no impact to normal operations during the emergency response exercise.
  • Multiple scenarios will test emergency response and coordination during the event.
  • RIC will post signs in the terminal building and broadcast announcements over the public address system in the terminal building to advise airport customers that an emergency response simulation is in progress.
  • Use of movement areas at RIC (runways and taxiways) will not be affected by the exercise.

 

Supporting Resources

 

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than 3.5 million passengers travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

 

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Contact Information:
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/Public Information Officer
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022 or tbell@flyrichmond.com

VMFA's Lake Elster and Beyond Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

February 8, 2016

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 8, 2016) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist William Connally, called “Lake Elster and Beyond,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through July 2016.

Like short stories in a collection, each photograph in this series is a portrait of a character in transition as recounted by an unreliable narrator and resident of Lake Elster, Wade Lagarde. The objects in the photographs allude to stories and act as attributes of, or symbols for, characters who are physically absent from the images. The inclusion of flat, stage-like painted elements heightens the fictional nature of the narrative and questions the believability in the photographs. The original stories contained in the images, as remembered by Wade, get further distorted with each new interpretation.

Connally lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches art at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and is the recipient of a 2013 VMFA Professional Fellowship in Photography.

2015 marked the 75th anniversary of VMFA’s Fellowship Program. This exhibition is a celebration not only of this landmark but also a celebration of this selected VMFA fellow who has made impressive contributions to the arts in Virginia.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Jenny Harding
(804) 204-2685
jenny.harding@VMFA.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to Jacksonville

Introductory Fares for as Low as $39 One Way

January 12, 2016

RICHMOND, VA (January 12, 2016) — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new, nonstop jet service between Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida via the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares to Jacksonville for as low as $39.*

“We’re excited to offer residents from Virginia’s capital city the chance to explore all that Jacksonville has to offer,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “We’re sure that Richmond area travelers will enjoy this nonstop, ultra-low-cost option to visit Jacksonville.”

The new flights will operate twice weekly and will fly nonstop between Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) beginning April 15, 2016. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

The new service will provide Richmond area travelers with their only nonstop option to getaway to the Jacksonville area. Allegiant also provides ultra-low-cost, nonstop service from RIC to two other destinations in Florida: Orlando / Sanford and St. Pete / Clearwater.

"Richmond International Airport welcomes Allegiant’s announcement of our first-ever nonstop service to Jacksonville,” said John V. Mazza, Jr., chairman, Capital Region Airport Commission. “With this news, Allegiant continues to bring more access and tremendous value to Central Virginia travelers as it adds a third vacation destination to previously announced service to Orlando and its popular Tampa Bay area flights.”

Jacksonville, perfectly positioned along the Atlantic coast, is an exciting getaway waiting to be explored. Whether you are looking to discover the undiscovered, reconnect with family or be inspired by the city’s cultural offerings, unique cuisine or vivid sunrises, anything is possible in Jacksonville. Richmond travelers can book their entire Jacksonville vacation only at Allegiant.com.

Allegiant offers a unique travel option to Richmond travelers. Focusing on low-cost leisure travel, the company provides customers with low base fares averaging nearly half of the cost of the average domestic round-trip fare. Allegiant’s innovative business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route just over a decade ago, to providing convenient, affordable service in over 100 communities nationwide.

*About the introductory one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Jan. 13, 2016 for travel by Aug. 16, 2016. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal.®
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, Allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year. 

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CONTACT:
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

 

United Airlines to Start Service between Richmond and Denver

First-Ever Nonstop Access to the Mile High City Starts April 5, 2016

January 11, 2016

Richmond, VA (January 11, 2016) - United Airlines (united.com) will offer daily service between Richmond International Airport and Denver International Airport starting on April 5, 2016. United will operate the Richmond-Denver flights with 76-seat Embraer EMB 175 aircraft offering United First®, Economy Plus, and Economy seating options.

“United’s new daily service to Denver provides customers from throughout Virginia’s Capital Region convenient access to Colorado’s largest city and home to one of United’s largest hub airports,” said Kellie Clough, United’s sales manager in Richmond. “We are proud to offer our customers numerous opportunities to visit Denver and make easy connections to cities throughout the western United States.” 

“We are beyond excited about United’s historic announcement of new nonstop service between Richmond and Denver,” said John V. Mazza, Jr., chairman, Capital Region Airport Commission. “This is a highly-desired option to the west made possible by the city of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico fostering a climate for economic growth and development, support from businesses large and small, and efforts of partners at the Greater Richmond Chamber and Richmond Region Tourism. If you’re heading west in the not-too-distant future, we urge you to consider a United option via Denver.”  

Route Facts

  • Flights from Richmond (RIC) to Denver (DEN) will depart at approximately 4:00 p.m. daily.
  • Flights from Denver (DEN) to Richmond (RIC) will arrive at approximately 3:25 p.m. daily.
  • At 1,482 miles, the new route will be the longest and most westerly flight originating from RIC.
  • More than 60,000 passengers a year travel between Denver and Richmond.

Supporting Resources

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States. Scheduled service from RIC offers nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting options to points around the globe. About 3.5 million passengers travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit flyrichmond.com.

About United Airlines
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 352 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter, Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

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CONTACT:
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

 

Winter Weather Reminders

December 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Virginia (December 30, 2015) - 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.

In addition, passengers should have the numbers to all airlines, hotels and rental car agencies they may be using in preparation for potential weather delays.

Also, the Transportation Security Administration has a downloadable app (called MyTSA) for mobile devices that tracks airport delays, offers travel tips and posts security checkpoint wait times.

Contact information for air carriers serving Richmond:

Allegiant - www.allegiantair.com
American Airlines - www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com
JetBlue Airways - www.jetblue.com
Southwest Airlines - www.southwest.com
United Airlines - www.united.com

If you do plan to travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) suggests allowing extra time to travel to your destination and be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. For the latest roadway conditions in Virginia, please visit VDOT's travel center website.

 

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

 

NOVEMBER PASSENGER TRAFFIC INCREASES 7.3% at RIC

AIRPORT’S GROWTH TREND CONTINUES INTO 21ST CONSECUTIVE MONTH

December 18, 2015

Richmond, VA (December 18, 2015) – Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports passenger traffic for November increased 7.3 percent versus the same period last year (290,973 in 2015 vs. 271,189 in 2014).  November’s passenger report represents the 21st consecutive month of passenger traffic growth at RIC and the airport’s second-best November ever.

For the month, passenger enplanements were up 7.7 percent, while deplanements increased 6.9 percent. Through November, RIC’s passenger traffic in 2015 has increased 5.0 percent (3,231,800 vs. 3,079,037 in 2014). For the fiscal year to date, passenger traffic is up 5.2 percent.

“Airport activity is a reflection of economic activity in the community and we’ve seen numerous positive indicators for Central Virginia,” said Jon E. Mathiasen AAE, RIC president & CEO. “And with air carriers continuing to offer competitive fares to many of our most-demanded destinations, we expect this upward trend in passenger traffic to continue into next year.”

Delta Air Lines was the market share leader in November with 35.1 percent, followed by American (31.6 percent) and United (13.8 percent).  Four air carriers reported year over year passenger growth, including Delta (+11.4%), American (Combined AA/US) (+5.1%), United (+4.9%), and JetBlue (+4.7%).

Cargo and Operations: Total cargo, measured as the sum of freight and mail, decreased 1.5 percent from last November. Overall aircraft operations decreased 5.9 percent from last year.

Service Notes: JetBlue Airways is now offering for sale a second daily roundtrip between Richmond and Orlando (RIC-MCO). The additional flight will start May 4, 2016. And Allegiant Air is now marketing twice-weekly (Thursday/Sunday) Richmond-Orlando Sanford (RIC-SFB) flights which start April 14, 2016.

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and convenient airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

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CONTACT:
Troy M. Bell
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
Richmond International Airport
Phone: (804) 226-3022
E-Mail: tbell@flyrichmond.com

 

ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES NEW FLIGHTS FROM RICHMOND TO ORLANDO

Introductory Fares as Low as $29* One Way

November 19, 2015

RICHMOND, VA  (November 19, 2015) — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces it is expanding its flights from Richmond with new, service to Orlando / Sanford beginning April 14, 2016, providing locals the chance to once again visit the popular destination nonstop and at low-cost fares. To celebrate the announcement, Allegiant is offering fares as low as $29* one way.

“We’re pleased to enable Richmond travelers to visit this popular Florida destination and fill the void for low-cost, nonstop service this spring,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “We’re confident travelers will embrace our service and take advantage of the opportunity to vacation in Orlando more affordably than ever before."

The nonstop flights will operate twice weekly between Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

Since debuting in Richmond in February 2015, Allegiant has flown more than 10,000 local travelers to experience Florida. Orlando / Sanford will become the second destination served by Allegiant from Richmond, adding to existing nonstop service to Tampa / St. Pete.

“Orlando is one of the most popular leisure destinations for Richmond-area travelers,” said John V. Mazza, Jr., chairman, Capital Region Airport Commission. “Allegiant’s new flights and vacation packages for Orlando are perfectly timed for travelers planning a trip to enjoy the attractions and weather of central Florida, and nicely complement Allegiant’s existing service between Richmond and Tampa Bay.”

Allegiant offers a unique travel option to Richmond travelers. Focusing on low-cost leisure travel, the company provides customers with low base fares averaging nearly half of the cost of the average domestic round-trip fare. The innovative business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route just over a decade ago, to providing convenient, affordable service in over 100 communities nationwide.

Located in the heart of central Florida, Orlando is home to the world’s most exciting theme parks and has plenty of shopping, dining, outdoor activities and entertainment. Allegiant partners with more than 60 of the Orlando area’s hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car, and offers great deals on activities such as theme park tickets, dinner shows and day tours. Richmond travelers can book their entire Orlando vacation for less by visiting Allegiant.com.

*About the one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Nov. 23, 2015 for travel by Aug. 17, 2016. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal. ®
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, Allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year. 

ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES NEW NONSTOP FLIGHTS FROM RICHMOND TO ORLANDO

Introductory Fares as Low as $29* One Way

November 18, 2015

RICHMOND, VA  (November 19, 2015) — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces it is expanding its flights from Richmond with new, service to Orlando / Sanford beginning April 14, 2016, providing locals the chance to once again visit the popular destination nonstop and at low-cost fares. To celebrate the announcement, Allegiant is offering fares as low as $29* one way.

“We’re pleased to enable Richmond travelers to visit this popular Florida destination and fill the void for low-cost, nonstop service this spring,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “We’re confident travelers will embrace our service and take advantage of the opportunity to vacation in Orlando more affordably than ever before."

The nonstop flights will operate twice weekly between Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

Since debuting in Richmond in February 2015, Allegiant has flown more than 10,000 local travelers to experience Florida. Orlando / Sanford will become the second destination served by Allegiant from Richmond, adding to existing nonstop service to Tampa / St. Pete.

“Orlando is one of the most popular leisure destinations for Richmond-area travelers,” said John V. Mazza, Jr., chairman, Capital Region Airport Commission. “Allegiant’s new flights and vacation packages for Orlando are perfectly timed for travelers planning a trip to enjoy the attractions and weather of central Florida, and nicely complement Allegiant’s existing service between Richmond and Tampa Bay.”

Allegiant offers a unique travel option to Richmond travelers. Focusing on low-cost leisure travel, the company provides customers with low base fares averaging nearly half of the cost of the average domestic round-trip fare. The innovative business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route just over a decade ago, to providing convenient, affordable service in over 100 communities nationwide.

Located in the heart of central Florida, Orlando is home to the world’s most exciting theme parks and has plenty of shopping, dining, outdoor activities and entertainment. Allegiant partners with more than 60 of the Orlando area’s hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car, and offers great deals on activities such as theme park tickets, dinner shows and day tours. Richmond travelers can book their entire Orlando vacation for less by visiting Allegiant.com.

*About the one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Nov. 23, 2015 for travel by Aug. 17, 2016. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal. ®
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, Allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year.

CEO Statement: Southwest to Discontinue Richmond to Orlando Service

October 29, 2015

RICHMOND, VA (October 29, 2015) - This week, Southwest Airlines announced it was discontinuing nonstop service from Richmond to Orlando as a part of restructuring its flight operations across the country. With the schedule change effective April 12, 2016, Southwest will continue three flights per day from Richmond to Atlanta, where additional connecting flights are being added. Fortunately, JetBlue will continue its direct service to this popular Florida destination.

This is disappointing news after Southwest's much-anticipated Richmond service launch in November 2013, once it had completed the acquisition of AirTran. At that time, Southwest executives expressed optimism about the Richmond market due to our attractive location in Central Virginia and the demonstrated support of the business community through the Save Low Fares initiative. Both business and leisure travelers did support this Orlando route, which Southwest management has told us was profitable.

Southwest's decision reflects continuing structural changes of the airline industry in America and across the world. Airlines are focusing service on higher yielding opportunities, which provide greater revenues and allow them to concentrate flight operations for improved efficiencies. Plus, many domestic airlines, including Southwest and JetBlue, are targeting international routes for the first time for their higher fares and profitability. The result is that aircraft and personnel are being reallocated as highlighted in the chart.

The good news is that overall volume at RIC has experienced 19 months of continuous growth, a record matched by only a few airports in the nation. Our management staff is constantly exploring new route opportunities for existing and new destinations. 

Thank you for your support for and interest in air travel for Central Virginia, and we will be in touch soon with additional news about service at RIC.

Jon E. Mathiasen, A.A.E
President and CEO

Richmond International Airport (RIC) Gains Certification as a Virginia Green Travel Partner

Sustainability Efforts – including Recent Addition of Recycling Program in the Passenger Terminal – Leads to Recognition by the Virginia Green Travel Alliance

September 16, 2015

Richmond International Airport, VA (September 16, 2015) - 

Richmond International Airport (RIC) today received certification as a Virginia Green Travel Partner, joining more than 275 hotels, restaurants, and attractions certified by the Virginia Green Travel Alliance.

“We are incredibly excited to have Richmond International Airport as a certified Virginia Green Travel Partner,” said Tom Griffin, director of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. “To qualify for the certification, RIC has made major commitments and progress in the reduction of energy and water use and in the amount of waste generated through recycling.  They’ve initiated a wide array of projects over the past few years to make their facility more efficient and sustainable.”

“The airport has adopted cost-neutral or low-cost programs over the last 15 years to promote environmental sustainability and resource conservation,” said Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Commission. “We are proud to support Green Tourism in the Richmond Region.”

Examples of On-Going Sustainability Measures at RIC:

  • The recent introduction of 56 recycling containers in and around the public areas of the terminal complex to encourage traveler participation.
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark parking shuttles have been in use at RIC since 2013, replacing aging diesels. The shuttles have been estimated to eliminate more than 20 tons of tailpipe emissions each year and effectively reduce ambient noise in the vicinity of the terminal. The airport will operate a 100 percent CNG-powered shuttle fleet by early 2016.
  • CNG usage at RIC was supported by Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant funds.
  • The airport built and maintains a 246-acre wetlands facility in nearby New Kent County to serve as compensatory mitigation for airport development projects.
  • An airport-constructed Storm Water Management Facility on Beulah Road benefits RIC and nearby areas of Eastern Henrico County by reducing sediment runoff to the White Oak Swamp Creek, a tributary of the James River.
  • A lighting fixture replacement project in baggage make-up areas, TSA screening rooms, and the airport’s Central Plant replacing approximately 232 older fixtures with four-lamp T5 lighting fixtures resulted in the savings of more than 270,000 kilowatt hours per year, plus the added benefit of reducing landfill waste.
  • Conveyor systems for baggage handling have been retrofitted with energy-efficient motors, yielding energy savings of 10-15 percent per year.
  • The airport has replaced light-duty maintenance vehicles with electric carts for use in airport grounds and landscaping applications.
  • With new construction projects, the airport improves its green space with the introduction of attractive and low-maintenance landscaping concepts, with the Airport Drive expansion project serving as a recent example.
  • Implementation of setbacks and a permanent 150’ buffers with the construction of a new east side access road to reduce potential noise impact to surrounding properties.
  • Wide use of building management, mechanical, and lighting monitor systems and controls in the terminal and the airport-owned Massey building.
  • Active use of energy management systems to ensure optimal operation of all HVAC equipment, minimize run rates and prevent over cooling and overheating in public spaces.
  • Use of CO2 monitoring to reduce outside air requirements for the terminal building, nighttime setbacks for facility HVAC and lighting systems, and photocells for outdoor lighting.
  • Major custodial supply items (such as hand cleaners, paper products, and floor cleaning products) are Green Seal certified.
  • Sensors on every urinal, toilet, and sink trigger auto flush/start/stop use and contribute to water conservation in public areas of the terminal.
  • Energy-efficient glass is used in the atrium, both concourses, and the ticketing hall.
  • Installation of energy-efficient white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membrane roofing to reflect heat and cools roofs.
  • Changeover to LED lights on major runways and taxiways has reduced energy consumption and provided improved lighting conditions on the airfield.
  • Use of a glycol recovery sweeper to eliminate deicing fluid runoff during snow events.
  • The automotive maintenance shop’s conservation practices include collection of used oils, antifreeze, and metals for third-party recyclers, use of low-CFC sprays for cleaning (brakes and carburetors), and installation of new energy-efficient lighting systems in work areas.
  • Airline timetables are now “digital only” as RIC discontinued printing 50,000 booklets per year.
  • An airside recycling program, originally championed by JetBlue, will be assumed by the airport and offered to all airline tenants.

Supporting Resources

About Virginia Green

Virginia Green, a partnership among the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association, is a statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia's tourism industry. For more information, please visit: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/VirginiaGreen.aspx.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States for commercial, corporate, and general aviation aircraft. Scheduled service from RIC offers nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting options to points around the globe. Accommodating more than 3.4 million passengers annually, RIC has been recognized by the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) as one of the most efficient airport in North America.  For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

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Contact Information
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

RIC REPORTS 5.6% PASSENGER TRAFFIC GROWTH FOR FY15

INCREASES ALSO NOTED FOR CARGO (+2.3%) AND OPERATIONS (+6.9%)

July 28, 2015

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 28, 2015) - At the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reported Fiscal Year 2015 passenger, cargo, and operations activity.

Passenger Traffic: For Fiscal Year 2015, RIC reported a 5.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic versus the previous year (3,429,029 in FY15 versus 3,248,558 in FY14). During the year, one all-time monthly record was set in April.

While growth was widespread, highlights for the year would include Boston taking over as the top destination market for Richmond thanks to increased service from JetBlue and Delta.  Additionally, the airport welcomed the arrival of twice-weekly service by Allegiant to the Tampa Bay area and an extended season of Cancun service via Vacation Express.

Through June, the airport has reported 16 consecutive months of growth.

Cargo: Total cargo, measured as a sum of freight and mail, increased 2.3 percent to 117.1 million pounds (53,100 metric tons) versus the same period a year ago.

Operations: Aircraft movements increased 6.9 percent in FY15. Notably, air carrier operations were up 10.0 percent for the year.

Additional Notes:

  • Newly re-branded Hudson news and gift stores have opened in the Atrium and Concourse A, featuring grab-and-go items made locally by Good Meadow.
  • James River Transportation has newly re-fleeted its RIC operations. On-demand transportation with the company is available via its service counter in the lower-level Arrivals area.
  • The USO Center recently marked its 5th anniversary at the airport and averages about 3,000 visitors per month.

 

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CONTACT
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

VMFA's "It’s a Plane!" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

July 20, 2015

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 20, 2015) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Will May, called “It’s a Plane!,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through January 2016.

This series of eight pictures is arranged in response to a familiar location. Like most of the pictures May makes, it’s an invitation for you to consider your own particular story.

As a child May loved reading. “Images would constantly appear in my mind as I visualized myself in the story, seeing familiar locations and faces unknowable to the author.” As an adult May is interested in how knowledge gained through verifiable facts is combined with unique internal narratives of whom and where we are, and what we have seen.

May lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is the recipient of the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships in 2004 and 2015.

The year 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of VMFA’s Fellowship Program. This exhibition is a celebration not only of this landmark but also a celebration of this selected VMFA fellow who has made impressive contributions to the arts in Virginia.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Jenny Harding
(804) 204-2685
jenny.harding@VMFA.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com
 

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

June 18, 2015

Richmond, VA (June 18, 2015) -  Now that the busy Summer travel season is in full swing, 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 minutes prior to your departure.

With passenger numbers increasing at RIC, the 90/40 planning rule is a timely reminder to RIC travelers - especially those catching early morning flights - to allow enough time to check in, clear screening, and proceed to their departures gates.

Factoring in drive time, airport parking, processing time at the ticket counter and the security checkpoints mean it's prudent to be an early bird when traveling by air. In addition, as the weather has begun to heat up in Richmond, so has passenger volume at RIC.  

The 90/40 planning rule is especially recommended for “early bird” travelers, or those traveling onboard flights scheduled in the early morning hours, as on a typical day more than 30 percent of RIC’s flights depart prior to 9:00AM. It’s easily the busiest time of day at the airport, seven days a week, and the wait lines at the ticket counters and security checkpoints can be the longest.

Ticket counter and the security screening checkpoints open by 3:45AM, so keep that in mind as you plan your morning departure. For additional travel tips, visit www.flyrichmond.com.

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and convenient airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

RIC SETS ALL-TIME APRIL PASSENGER MARK

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GROWTH TREND CONTINUES INTO 14TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

May 28, 2015

Richmond, VA (May 28, 2015) - Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports that the April 2015 total passenger count set an all-time April monthly record, as 300,491 total passengers used the airport, surpassing the previous April total passenger record of 298,209 passengers set in 2007.

“Richmond International Airport is pleased to see the trend of increased passenger traffic continue,” said Jon E. Mathiasen AAE, RIC president and CEO. “RIC has become the airport of choice for many travelers throughout Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region because the airport offers convenient and affordable air service options, and provides customers with a safe and enjoyable travel experience.” 

RIC saw a 3.7 percent increase in total passengers versus the same period a year ago.  Enplanements increased 4.8 percent (151,370 vs. 144,457 in 2014), and deplanements increased 2.6 percent (149,121 vs. 145,299 in 2014).  Competitive fares to many of our most-demanded destinations, the addition of new nonstop flights to Boston by JetBlue and Delta, Tampa Bay (Allegiant), and seasonal service to Cancun (Vacation Express), the region’s top international destination, have contributed to the increase in passenger traffic.

For the calendar year to date, RIC passenger traffic has increased 6.0 percent (1,048,515 vs. 988,746 in 2014). In addition, year-to-date cargo (measured as the sum of freight and mail) is up 0.8 percent, and year-to-date aircraft operations are up 5.6 percent.

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern and convenient airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

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CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, Director Marketing & Air Service Development
Phone: (804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Vacation Express Celebrates Inaugural Flight From Richmond to Cancun

Exclusive Flights Will Continue Until August 3, 2015

April 6, 2015

RICHMOND, VA  (April 6, 2015) – Today, Vacation Express celebrates the inaugural flight from Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Cancun International Airport (CUN). This flight is the beginning of weekly, exclusive, nonstop flights to Cancun, Mexico, for travelers vacationing in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya and Cozumel.

"Richmond International Airport enthusiastically welcomes Vacation Express and the return of seasonal nonstop service to Cancun and the Riviera Maya from RIC,” said Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Commission. “Cancun is the region’s top international destination and this route, offered by Vacation Express on-board aircraft operated by Interjet, has a track record of success leading to this year’s greatly expanded season.”

These weekly flights to Cancun depart mid-morning on Mondays and return on Sunday afternoons, giving travelers the maximum amount of time for a great vacation. All of the exclusive, nonstop flights offered by Vacation Express are available as flight only or included in the all-inclusive vacations that you can find at vacationexpress.com or by contacting your local travel agent.

“Not only are we bringing deals to the Greater Richmond Region,” said Kevin Hernandez, Vice President of Sales and Digital Strategy for Vacation Express, “with the affordable fares we provide, we have seen a lot of interest in both our flights and vacation packages from vacationers that live in the Norfolk, Hampton Roads, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and D.C. metropolitan areas.”

The flights are operated by Interjet on their A320 planes offering roomy seating with comfortable cabin seats and two free checked bags per person, each bag up to 44lbs. Passengers also receive a complimentary bar, inflight movies and music, headsets and a "ladies only" restroom.

"We are excited about our relationship with Vacation Express and our Charters services. In 2014, Interjet carried more passengers to Mexico than any previous year, mobilizing more than 7.8 million travelers into the country, showing that Interjet has extensive experience in the aviation industry," said José Luis Garza, Chief Executive Officer of Interjet. “Both the Superjet100 with a capacity of 93 passengers and the Airbus A-320 with a capacity for 150 passengers, are equipped with the latest technology and extra space between rows, making Interjet the only airline in Mexico to offer the comfort of Superior Coach Class, giving passengers the absolute best travel experience.”

The Cancun nonstop flights will continue through the summer until August 3, 2015. These 6-night, all-inclusive packages featuring nonstop flights, accommodations at an all-inclusive resort, local representative and taxes start at $699.*

“Vacation Express has become known for affordable flights and vacation packages, giving travelers the ease of well-timed flights that allow more beach time,” said Kevin Hernandez, Vice President of Sales and Digital Strategy. “By partnering with top rated airlines we can offer travelers amazing experiences at an affordable price, which is terrific for couples, families or groups looking to get away.”

About Vacation Express:
Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc., has been in existence for over 25 years and offers quality vacation packages to over 35 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica with a focus on value and client satisfaction. Vacation Express prides itself on affordability, convenience, customer service and great vacation experiences. While most travelers book online, you may also reach the VACATIONEXPRESS.com reservation center seven days a week at 1-800-309-4717. Exclusive charter flights operated by  Sunwing Airlines, Aeromexico, Swift Air, LLC, Interjet, Xtra Airways and Volaris.  See operator / participant agreement for details.

Additional Notes: *Price reflects hotel that features All-Inclusive Plans. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Advertised prices available for bookings made electronically through your travel agent; small service fee of $10 applies when booking through Vacation Express Call Center. For full terms and conditions, hotel and description of all services, please refer to the Vacation Express 2014 Brochure, www.vacationexpress.com or call 1.800.486.9777. Vacation Express now accepts debit cards that offer the same consumer protection as credit cards. See operator/participant agreement for details. Flights operated by Interjet. Packages are limited and subject to change without prior notice. Not responsible for errors or omissions.
 

TSA Pre✓® Application Center (CLOSED) Inside Richmond International Airport

March 9, 2015

The RIC TSA Pre✓® Enrollment Center has permanently closed effective Monday, December 12, 2016. The Enrollment Center is now located in the DMV office at 2300 W Broad St Richmond, VA 23220-2051. For more information, visit universalenroll.dhs.gov 

 

RICHMOND, Virginia (March 9, 2015) - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has opened a new application site for its TSA Pre✓® Program inside the Richmond International Airport terminal. This application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll directly in the TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select airport screening lanes.

Travelers in the Greater Richmond region will be able to go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov and complete their background interview at the new application center in the terminal. Or they can apply as walk-ins. The TSA Pre✓® application center is located in the north end of the airport’s upper level ticketing hall, adjacent to the JetBlue ticket counter.  

TSA began opening TSA Pre✓®  application centers in December 2013 and already more than 800,000 people have signed up for the expedited screening program.  This new process allows all U.S. travelers the ability to apply directly to the program.

The TSA Pre✓® application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a quick pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, payment and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation.  All TSA Pre✓® program applicants must visit an application center in-person to verify their identity and citizenship/immigration status as well as to provide fingerprints.

The TSA Pre✓® Application Program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.  Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes at security checkpoints at more than 124 participating airports and on 11 major U.S. airlines including: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

Five simple steps to enroll in and use TSA Pre✓®:
1. Complete an online application.
2. Schedule an appointment at a TSA Pre✓® application center.
3. Visit the TSA Pre✓® application center, pay the $85 fee, provide valid government identification and fingerprints.
4. A Known Traveler Number will be sent to you via U.S. mail or can be obtained online.
5. Once successfully enrolled, provide your Known Traveler Number in the “Known Traveler Number” field when making airline reservations.

As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. 

Additional program information and how to enroll can be found at www.TSA.gov

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The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security.

For more information about TSA, please visit our website at www.TSA.gov.

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Winter Weather Advisory: Snow Impacts RIC Schedules, Limited Early AM Activity

Early AM Flights Affected, Schedule Improves Later Today

February 25, 2015

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 25, 2015) - The Richmond Region is under a winter storm watch from 7:00 PM tonight until Thursday afternoon, per the National Weather Service. Snow accumulations are expected to be in the 2-5" range, beginning tonight and tapering off late Thursday morning. Travelers should be aware that a winter storm could affect schedules for flights to or from Richmond International Airport (RIC) during the watch period.

UPDATE 2: as of 9:00 AM Thursday, 37 cancellations have posted. The airport has remained open throughout the storm, receiving first arrivals today before 5:30 AM. Limited arrivals and departures throughout the early morning period, but schedule improvement noted for late morning and into the afternoon. Roadways conditions inbound to RIC may be challenging in the morning - please allow additional time if plan to drive to the airport.

As inclement weather may impact flights to or from some destinations, you can help to make your trip go as smooth as possible by checking with your airline – via its website or smartphone app – regarding your flight status prior to leaving for the airport. In addition, passengers should have the numbers for airlines, hotels, and rental car agencies in preparation for potential weather delays.

Also, the Transportation Security Administration has a downloadable app (called MyTSA) for mobile devices that tracks airport delays, offers travel tips and posts security checkpoint wait times.

 

Contact information for air carriers serving Richmond:

Allegiant Air - www.allegiantair.com
American Airlines - www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com
JetBlue Airways - www.jetblue.com
Southwest Airlines - www.southwest.com
United Airlines - www.united.com
US Airways - www.usairways.com

 

If you do plan to travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) suggests allowing extra time to travel to your destination and be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. For the latest roadway conditions in Virginia, please visit VDOT's Winter Travel Info site.

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Richmond International Airport (RIC) will Host a TSA Pre✓™ Enrollment Center Monday through Friday, January 5 - 23

Due to High Demand, a Third Week of TSA Pre✓™ Enrollment has been Added for the Week of January 19 - 23

January 7, 2015

RICHMOND, Virginia (January 7, 2015) -

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 shoes, light jackets and belts and leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
  • In addition to Richmond, over 117 airports have dedicated TSA Pre✓™ lanes.
  • Eleven airlines participate in the program, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways – all operating from RIC.
  • Interested parties are encouraged to pre-schedule appointments online. In addition, the center may be able to accommodate some walk-in traffic. For information, pre-enrollment, and scheduling, please visit: www.identogo.com/RIC.
  • IMPORTANT! In order to be eligible for TSA Pre✓™, customers will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. Visit www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/required-documentation for a complete list of required documents.
  • The application fee for TSA Pre✓™ enrollment is $85 and can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Location of January 5 - 16, 2015, (UPDATE: A third week has been added due to high demand - JANUARY 19 - 23) Richmond Enrollment Center

  • The enrollment center will be located on RIC’s Upper Level Ticketing Hall, adjacent to the JetBlue Airways ticket counter.
  • Hours of operation: 8AM-12noon, 1PM-5PM.
  • Parking: For non-traveling enrollees, please park in the airport parking decks, Hourly or Daily sections. Parking will be validated for same-day in-out visitors.

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About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually.  For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

VMFA's "RVA: A Day in The River City" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

January 5, 2015

RICHMOND, Virginia (January 5, 2015) - An exhibition of photographs and drawings by Virginia-based artist Carson Jones, called “RVA: A Day in The River City,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through July 2015.

This series of Richmond illustrations, paintings, and digital prints by Jones captures an intrinsic warmth that the artist calls “quintessential Richmond-ness.” The scenes are those that Jones encounters while riding his bike around town, a practice that clears his mind and allows him to explore his surroundings.

For Jones, Richmond is small enough to traverse without getting lost, and each area offers a distinct experience of life in the city. “And the city is beautiful,” he says, especially at night, when “the amber glow of the streetlights bouncing off the red brick everywhere gives it a warm feeling that a lot of places don’t have.” Some of the places depicted are historic, and almost all are fairly well known around Richmond. But all of these spots hold some wonder or fond memories for Jones.

Jones is the recipient of a 2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship.  Originally from Richmond, he is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.

 

CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Jenny Harding
(804) 204-2685
jenny.harding@VMFA.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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.

 

Holiday Traveler's Checklist

ALLEGIANT BRINGS RICHMOND TRAVELERS NEW NONSTOP SERVICE TO TAMPA BAY

COMPANY CELEBRATES WITH FARES AS LOW AS $55 AND GIVES AWAY FREE FLIGHTS FOR A YEAR

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.

In celebration of Allegiant’s debut in Richmond, the carrier is also offering local travelers the opportunity to win free** Allegiant flights for an entire year. One lucky winner and a friend will fly free from the Richmond International Airport as frequently as once a month for a year. To enter, visit Allegiant.com/FreeFlights.

“Allegiant will be the first airline to provide Richmond travelers with non-stop, low-cost service to Tampa Bay, one of our prime leisure destinations,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning. “We are pleased to offer the Richmond community the convenience and value of non-stop flights, bundled with savings on airfare, hotel rooms and car rental reservations.”          

The new service will operate twice weekly between Richmond International Airport (RIC) and St. Pete / Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Richmond travelers can save even more when they book air, hotel, car and attraction reservations together through Allegiant. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

“Thanks to Allegiant, convenient access from Richmond to the Tampa Bay area becomes a reality in February,” said Jon E. Mathiasen, Capital Region Airport Commission AAE, president and CEO. “Up to this point, the Tampa Bay area has been one of our most demanded destinations without non-stop flights. Today, you can visit Allegiant’s website and plan your vacation to Florida’s Gulf Coast. We welcome Allegiant to Richmond International Airport and wish the airline many years of success in Virginia’s Capital Region.”

With an average 361 days of sunshine each year, the Tampa Bay and St. Pete / Clearwater areas are the perfect escape for Richmond travelers. Allegiant partners with more than 20 of the area’s most exciting hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car and offers great deals on local activities. Richmond travelers can book their entire Tampa Bay vacation for less by visiting Allegiant.com.

For a limited time, travelers can save even more by using the promo code WELCOME40*** to get an extra $40 off an air+hotel Tampa Bay vacation package with a minimum four-night stay.

*About the $55* one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Nov. 13, 2014 for travel by May 5, 2015. Price reflects debit card discount; credit card price higher. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply.

**About the free flight giveaway:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 and older. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends Nov. 26, 2014. Subject to complete official rules at Allegiant.com/FreeFlights.

***About the WELCOME40 promo code:
The $40 off air+hotel package is valid for new round-trip reservations between Richmond International Airport (RIC) and St. Pete / Clearwater International Airport (PIE) with at least four (4) consecutive Tampa Bay hotel nights on the same reservation. To receive the discount, enter promo code WELCOME40 in the shopping cart at Allegiant.com. Must be purchased by Nov. 13, 2014 for travel by May 5, 2015. This promo code cannot be combined with a Debit Card discount. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal.®
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, Allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/COzUZ.

For more information, please visit Allegiant.com.

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

Due to High Demand, a Third Week of TSA Pre✓™ Enrollment has been Added for the Week of November 3 - 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 shoes, light jackets and belts and leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
  • In addition to Richmond, over 117 airports have dedicated TSA Pre✓™ lanes.
  • Eleven airlines participate in the program, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways – all operating from RIC.
  • Interested parties are encouraged to pre-schedule appointments online. In addition, the center may be able to accommodate some walk-in traffic. For information, pre-enrollment, and scheduling, please visit: www.identogo.com/RIC.
  • IMPORTANT! In order to be eligible for TSA Pre✓™, customers will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. Visit www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/required-documentation for a complete list of required documents.  
  • The application fee for TSA Pre✓™ enrollment is $85 and can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

 

Location of October 20-24 and October 27-31, 2014, (UPDATE: A third week has been added due to high demand - November 3-7) Richmond Enrollment Center

  • The enrollment center will be located on RIC’s upper level Ticketing Hall, adjacent to the American Airlines ticket counter.
  • Hours of operation: 8AM-12noon, 1PM-5PM.
  • Parking: For non-traveling enrollees, please park in the airport parking decks, Hourly or Daily sections. Parking will be validated for same-day in-out visitors.

 

Supporting Resources

 

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually.  For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

 

CONTACT
Troy M. Bell, C.M., Director – Marketing & Air Service Development
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com
 

 

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 Brazil, "Sonhos e Saudades" (1998-2000), and an ongoing project from El Salvador, "Delantales" (2007-present).

The black and white work from Brazil highlights the spiritual and physical resources that sustain the daily lives of marginalized rural and urban communities. Through portraits of the aprons of Salvadoran market women, Ms. Sterner alludes to the role of women as pillars of the informal economy, and as the fabric that binds families together in communities defined by emigration and turmoil.

A documentary photographer and educator, Ms. Sterner’s work has explored the impact of women’s education and status on communities throughout the Americas. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is the recipient of a 2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Jenny Harding
(804) 204-2685
jenny.harding@VMFA.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Richmond Airport Offering Flights to Cancun and Bahamas

Reprinted with Permission from WWBT NBC12

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 Cancun or four nights in the Bahamas. Both travel packages just hit Richmond this month - offered by tour operator, Vacation Express.

"They try to go to airports where there's not a lot of airlift directly to the vacation destinations that they feel like has the potential and Richmond has that potential," says Meg Harrison of Crossroads Travel.

She had customers on Monday's first non-stop flight from Richmond to Cancun. Travelers can book a flight-only or secure a package deal that includes travel and lodging.

"They have lead in rates that can be as low as $899 per person including air and hotel and then they go on up to $2000 or more per person depending on caliber of property you wish to stay," Harrison said.

Airport staff consider this a win for our area, even attracting potential passengers from outside of the Richmond metro.

"We certainly draw from points west, Charlottesville and beyond. We see a lot of folks from Northern Virginia - Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County and even from parts of North Carolina. If it's uniquely offered out of Richmond and attractively priced, absolutely they'll hop on the road and fly out of RIC," said Troy Bell of Richmond's Airport.

That's the hope behind the venture. Give people a place to getaway, and it will boost business.

"It's a very good way to get a good escape to a very nice destination with lots of hotel choices for an economical purchase," Harrison said.

So far, so good.

"Just walking down with the passengers, put it this way, the only thing missing this morning was the beach and the terminal building because they were already in Cancun or thinking about Grand Bahama," Bell said.

This getaway deal is being advertised through August. Whether it will be offered after that depends on how well it gets off the ground with vacation goers.

Two airplanes - one headed to Mexico - and the other headed to the Bahamas - both flew out of Richmond Monday. You can not book the flights from the airport's website, you have to go through Vacation Express or a travel agent.

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SUN-DRENCHED BEACH GETAWAYS: Cancún and the Riviera Maya

6-NIGHT FLIGHT OPTIONS TO CANCUN AND RIVIERA MAYA BEGIN MAY 2014

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.

Here are five beach hot zones, each easily accessible from Cancún International Airport, in which to escape. Your only decision is whether to fly solo, splurge on a romantic getaway, or to take the kids and make it an unforgettable family vacation. No matter what, the only blues you’ll be feeling will be when it comes time to leave.

 

Cancún

Cancún is one of the world’s most famous beach towns for good reason: postcard-perfect beaches, turquoise water, rockin’ nightlife and hotels for every taste and budget. Whether you use it as a base of exploration or you never get up from your beach chair, sun-drenched Cancún has mastered the beach escape.

For a relaxing vacation where you can pre-plan your cost, an all-inclusive is the way to go. No need to worry about missing out on the local flavor. With the new ‘Cancún, Dine Out’ promotion, participating all-inclusive hotels provide guests with gift cards to a tasty selection of some of Cancún’s best restaurants.

Discover Cancún’s eco-friendly Underwater Museum (MUSA), selected by Google as one of the world’s most interesting museums to visit. Featuring 500 life-size submerged sculptures made of pH neutral clay, it’s a museum specially made for divers and snorkelers.

Strap on a water-powered rocket pack to soar over Nichupte Lagoon and turn sci-fi fantasy to reality with JetPack Cancún, a futuristic adventure almost as cool as hanging with the Jetsons. 

Don’t return home empty handed. For the best of Mexican handicrafts — including incredible leather goods and silver jewelry — visit Plaza La Fiesta, 20,000 square feet of bargains near the hotel zone and convention center.

 

Riviera Maya

Little more than a series of sleepy beach towns just a couple of decades ago, today The Riviera Maya, a scenic stretch of Caribbean coastline south of Cancún, is one of Mexico’s top destinations for beach-chic luxury.

Don’t miss the seaside Maya ruins at Tulum overlooking a dazzling stretch of turquoise Caribbean, one of the most scenic archaeological sites in the Yucatán. Bring your swimsuit because the beach below the ruins is too good to be missed.

History buffs should head for the often overlooked Cobá ruins. A 40-minute drive inland, the 80-square-mile jungle park is home to three Maya temples, including Nohuch Mul, the Yucatán’s tallest pyramid. Stop at the Gran Cenote on the way back for a refreshing dip in the cool, clear water.

To recharge, enjoy a yoga retreat or Mayan Clay treatment at Amansala Eco-Chic Resort & Spa, an elegantly simple water’s edge hotel with 24 thatched-roof cabanas. Or try the temazcal at Maya Spa Wellness Center, an unforgettable indigenous sweat lodge experience.

For the ultimate Riviera Maya escape, splurge for a stay at the Maroma Resort and Spa by Orient Express near Puerto Morelos. With a champagne-powder beach setting, hand-painted floor tiles, mahogany furnishings, and gracious Mexican hospitality, this luxurious hideaway consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels.

 

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, the flagship town of the Riviera Maya, is the region’s hottest destination for shopping, golf, dining and nightlife.

For the jet set, the pedestrian Fifth Avenue is the place to see and be seen in Playa. By day it’s packed with people browsing the designer boutiques; by night roving musicians entertain diners in the many restaurants and bars.

For a simpler — and less expensive — Playa, check out the hand-blown Mexican glass factory at Vidrioso Soplado. Take home a set of turquoise rimmed margarita glasses, a cobalt blue water pitcher, or romantic hurricane lamps for a song.

Fifteen minutes south of Playa del Carmen is Xcaret, a Disney-style ecological theme park. Float down underground rivers, in caves and natural pools, relax on the beach, swim with dolphins, or wander jungle shrouded trails. At night, the Mexico Spectacular, a dazzling cultural performance, features firelight Maya sports, ceremonial dances, and Mexican music.

 

Cozumel

The island of Cozumel, just off the coast of Playa del Carmen, is famous as a scuba favorite and cruise ship destination. The largest of Mexico’s islands, Jacques Cousteau first put Cozumel on the map in 1961 after showcasing its unusual coral reefs.

While cruise ship passengers mob the streets of San Miguel, a vacation package at one of the island’s resorts, such as the reef-side Cozumel Palace, is a savvy choice for those looking for a more laid-back Cozumel experience. Take a tip from the locals and wait for evening, after the cruise ships have sailed, to head into town for an authentic Yucatán dinner or live music and dancing.

For the independent explorer, Cozumel is sprinkled with easily accessible sites for underwater exploration. Just south of San Miguel, for example, is Chankanaab Lagoon, a marine-rich inlet located within Isla Cozumel’s Reefs National Marine Park. You can also visit Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve at Punta Sur. Covering more than 2,700 acres of mangrove swamps and long, pristine beaches on the island's southern tip, the park also boasts Maya archaeological ruins, such as El Caracol, dating as far back as the seventh century.

For a unique experience, navigate Cozumel’s marine-rich underwater world James Bond style on a personal Mini Submarine adventure.

 

Isla Mujeres

Looking for somewhere secluded? Isla Mujeres, a tranquil wisp of an island located eight miles northeast of Cancún, is your best choice.

Whether you stay at an intimate island hotel or opt for a day trip, hop an island ferry from Cancún. Ferries run daily every 30 minutes and take about 20 minutes to cross the bay. Only five miles long and half a mile wide, a rental bike is ideal island transportation, but mopeds, golf carts and taxis are also available.

Slow is the pace for this place. Sleep in, kick back and savor the flavors of the island where fresh seafood is plentiful. Sample the pescado a la Tikin Xik a specialty recipe unique to the island. La Casa del Tikin Xik on Playa Lancheros specializes in the dish and other tasty Yucatán recipes.

Visit from May to August when the island waters play host to hundreds of migrating whale sharks (the world’s largest fish) and you could find yourself swimming with the gentle giants. Isla Mujeres is also home to the Eco Caribe sea turtle hatchery, a breeding center to hundreds of the turtles, from infants to adults, where you can learn about the habits and habitats of the many sea turtles who return each summer to lay their eggs.

Let’s admit it Richmond, Cancun and its sister sun-drenched Mexican beaches are calling your name. Get a head start to your getaway and hop on one of the Vacation Express exclusive non-stop flights leaving Richmond International Airport. Best of all, they’re a one-stop-shop… all-inclusive resort, flight and taxes in one low price. For more information, visit vacationexpress.com/richmond-cancun-vacation-deals.

Richmond Heads to The Island of the Bahamas

4-NIGHT FLIGHT OPTIONS TO GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND BEGIN MAY 2014

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 these lush, tropical islands is how quickly you can get there. A few short hours away from your hectic work desk exists a world that captures you from the moment you enter it. Grand Bahama Island is the lesser-known cousin of Paradise Island and Nassau, but just as beautiful and even more idyllic. A combination of historical and natural wonder promises to make this a vacation like no other. Four nights on the Island and you’ll come back home a changed person.

Grand Bahama Island has everything Nassau has – top-notch resorts, amazing food and azure waters. But it’s far less touristy and more affordable. A winning combination for your own private vacation! Plus, its location on the northern-most tip of the Caribbean makes it easy to access from all over the U.S.

To kick off your journey, don’t miss Lucaya, one of the Island’s two main towns. Pack your most comfortable beachwear: the weather rarely dips below 80 degrees year-round. The water enthusiasts will feel right at home; Lucaya offers scuba diving, boating excursions and even cave exploring trips. The Port Lucaya harbor is the place to head to charter boats for activities including swimming with the dolphins and water-skiing. All your cares will melt away as the warm ocean water envelopes you. Visitors can swim close to the shore or adventure into coral reefs. Whatever your adrenaline threshold may be, Port Lucaya will have something for you.

For travelers who prefer to remain dry, Port Lucaya also offers entertainment cruises and romantic sunset cruises. Ignite your passion on the high seas over a bottle of champagne and succulent steak!

Golf enthusiasts will have a reason to celebrate. Grand Bahama Islands hosts several world-class golf courses. Whether you’re a novice – in which case local golf schools are your best bet – or want to spend all day perfecting your already-practiced stroke, you won’t be disappointed.

Then at sunset, get ready for beach jams and cocktails. Port Lucaya’s Count Basie Square is the place to be to dance away the night to steel drums and calypso music. Friday nights at the Square include fire dancing and limbo performances, plus live musical shows by local bands.

No trip to Lucaya is complete without experiencing the ecological wonders of Lucayan National Park. Along with Petersons Cay, the national parks are maintained by the Bahamas National Trust. Lucayan National Park’s 40 acres of protected land features one of the longest known underwater caves on the planet. More than six miles of caves and tunnels are already charted, topped by lush greenery. Exploring some of the world’s longest underwater limestone caves will take up one day, but the experience will last a lifetime.

Founded in 1977, the Park features mangrove, palm and pine trees; showcasing the diverse vegetation found all over the Bahamas. White sand beaches are also a key feature of the area. For thrill-seekers, kayaking through the mangrove swamps or riding horses are activities offered in the Park. For travelers looking for a secluded swimming area, you won’t want to miss Gold Rock Beach. It’s an unparalleled feeling to bathe in transparent waters and see beautiful shells you don’t find in beaches anymore.  You will cherish swimming in largely unexplored territory.

Love the thrill of a chase? Fishing is more than a sport or activity in the Bahamas, it’s a way of life. Ever tried bonefishing? Don’t get on that flight back before giving it a go! Grand Bahama houses some of the best and most plentiful bonefish fisheries on the globe. Catching the silver-skinned fish usually starts off early in the morning. Experts recommend taking a guided fishing excursion to make the most of the experience. Don’t be afraid to try your luck on some of the most expansive bonefishing flats in the world. Feel the wind in your hair and sun against your back! Most bonefishing excursions can only accommodate two passengers, so this is really your time to get lost in nature. Chances are, you won’t see another boat until you’re back. You will, however, see many types of fish including sharks!

No doubt, the best part of a Bahamian adventure is immersing in the Island’s incredible culture. To enjoy the flavors of Grand Bahama Island, indulge in authentic cuisine. Here’s what to look for. First up, fish chowder. This sweet and tangy mainstay item is what you are likely to find at most Bahamian restaurants. The other must-try food is the conch (also known as the national dish of The Bahamas). Enjoy it as fritters with drinks, or as a wholesome chowder with vegetables and meat. You may get it on salad, on a burger or as a version of “conch steak.” If you know locals are preparing it, don’t think twice before ordering it.

At more upscale eateries, you’re bound to find lobster – but it’s only fresh between April and August. Although only the tail is eaten, it can be prepared lightly cooked, or even curried. Other Bahamian favorites include baked crab, peas ‘n’ rice and johnnycake; a type of bread. Don’t leave without trying tropical fruits; guava, soursop or sapodilla. You definitely won’t find it easily back home!

A great accompaniment to any dish is one of the Bahamas Island’s famous rum cocktails. The island breeze goes perfectly with local concoctions like the Yellow Bird or Bahama Mama.   Most bars will have your usual tipple, but a Bahamian sunset just feels that much more beautiful with a locally-inspired cocktail. Whether you’re an adventurer, or just looking for serenity and peace of mind, each precious moment in the Caribbean is like no other.

At the end of a Grand Bahamas Island jaunt, one thing is for sure: you will wish you could stay on in paradise. Because this truly is your own little slice of heaven. Bon voyage! To book your getaway from Richmond International Airport, visit vacationexpress.com/richmond-bahamas-vacation-deals.

 

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

6-Night Flight Options to Cancun and Riviera Maya and 4-Night Flight Options to Grand Bahama Island all begin May 2014

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 operated by Aeromexico using a 737-700 that seats 124 passengers. Bahamasair will operate the Grand Bahama Island route using a 150-seat, 737-400 aircraft.

Kevin Hernandez, VP Marketing and Sales, Vacation Express USA said, “We are excited about adding flights from Richmond. We know this will become a popular gateway for us, as we have had requests from many passengers who are generally looking for a great deal to the splendors found in the Islands of the Bahamas and the Yucatan.”

To mark the new routes, Vacation Express is also launching a “More Frills, No to Low Frills” approach to their flights with free first checked bag, snack and open bar for all passengers. The planes have both main and first class cabins.

Flights and vacation packages are offered through vacationexpress.com or by calling 800.309.4717.

“We're not just a click away. We are an active support system in all of our exotic locations. Which means, you don't just click, reserve and hope your dreams of vacationing aren't interrupted. Instead, we partner with you from the time you reserve until the time you return home. Indeed, we hold ourselves accountable to each reservation,” Hernandez noted.

Cancun

Vacation packages and all-inclusive deals to Cancun start at $899 and include non-stop flight, hotel, a dedicated local representative from Vacation Express, and taxes. When you book an all-inclusive package with Vacation Express, you will also enjoy all meals, unlimited drinks and much more. Via Cancun International Airport, travelers can also take advantage of the beauty found in Riviera Maya. Vacation packages and all-inclusive deals to Riviera start at $899 and include non-stop flight, hotel, a dedicated local representative from Vacation Express, and taxes.

Grand Bahama Island

Vacation packages and all-inclusive deals to Grand Bahama Island start at $649 and include non-stop flight, hotel, a dedicated local representative from Vacation Express, and taxes. Travelers looking for the perfect getaway to beautiful beaches with great duty free shopping will find Grand Bahama Island to be a paradise in the Caribbean.

U.S. Customs pre-clearance takes place in Grand Bahama Island so passengers arrive just like a domestic flight. The flights depart on a back-to-back basis allowing for four-night packages that leave on various days of the week throughout the spring and summer. If passengers are interested, 8-night packages can be arranged.

“Adding Cancun and Grand Bahama Island vacation options with nonstop flights from Richmond International Airport (RIC) is masterful timing as we head into the Spring and Summer travel seasons,” said Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Commission. “We applaud the efforts of Vacation Express to make these two popular vacation destinations so accessible.”

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About Vacation Express: Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc., has been in existence for 25 years and offers quality vacation packages to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica with a focus on value and client satisfaction. Plus, they provide exclusive non-stop flights from 13 top US cities to sun-drenched beach getaways. VACATIONEXPRESS.com prides itself on originality and unique customer messaging with a team mentality.

 

CONTACT

Mavian Arocha-Rowe
Media and Marketing
marocharowe@vacationexpress.com
Phone: 404.321.7742 x3024

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 factories and warehouses in Montreal, Quebec, and Richmond, Virginia. With their original functions forgotten, these derelict buildings become urban ruins marked by both time and creative expression.

“My intention is to capture the delicate balance between growth and decay,” said Elliott. “I search for layered eras evident in structures where the inevitable process of aging coincides with the human desire to leave a mark.”

Elliott is the recipient of a 2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.  Originally from Richmond, she is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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 factories and warehouses in Montreal, Quebec, and Richmond, Virginia. With their original functions forgotten, these derelict buildings become urban ruins marked by both time and creative expression.

“My intention is to capture the delicate balance between growth and decay,” said Elliott. “I search for layered eras evident in structures where the inevitable process of aging coincides with the human desire to leave a mark.”

Elliott is the recipient of a 2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.  Originally from Richmond, she is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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 sides of the plane as it pulled into the gate, a treat for both arriving and departing passengers. The watery welcome will be repeated at today’s official celebration of the long-anticipated service to Richmond by the low-fare carrier. For now, Richmond has one daily Southwest flight originating in and returning to Orlando.

Alex and Mae Hanson, ages 7 and 5, “loved the fire truck salute. They were very excited” to watch from the terminal, said mother Michelle Hanson as she waited for husband Robert Hanson to get their luggage in Orlando. The Bon Air family took advantage of a Southwest promotion to make their first trip to Disney World. “We didn’t realize that it was the first flight,” she said.

The first passenger off the plane from Orlando was Kevin Leffler of West Palm Beach, Fla., coming to Richmond for business. He said he’d never seen water cannons before.

“Everybody was taking pictures out the window,” he said.

Mark and Morgan Brock of Ashland, returning to Richmond after a honeymoon cruise in Florida, said they appreciated the celebratory return to normal life. “It’s a nice end of the honeymoon,” she said.

Paul O. Nevins, pilot on the inaugural flight, stood at the gangway to welcome people aboard. He wore a special tie showing the many airlines that had become part of Southwest. He wove the Southwest motto that “you are now free to move about the country,” into Patrick Henry’s Revolutionary War cry, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

“If Patrick Henry were alive today,” Nevins said, “he would be saying, ‘Give me Southwest Airlines, which gives me the freedom to fly around the country.’”

Passengers included tried and true Southwest fans and newcomers who were puzzled by the Southwest boarding system. Southwest does not offer assigned seats.

Newly installed stanchions in the B terminal of Richmond International Airport helped passengers line up by number, based on whether they paid for priority boarding and how soon they checked in. Each ticket had a group boarding letter and a passenger boarding number from 1 to 50-plus. As each letter group was called, passengers assembled at the stanchion that included their number in a five-digit span at the top.

Robert Hanson wanted to be sure he was one of the first to check in, so he waited at his computer for the check-in process to open 24 hours before departure. He succeeded in getting his family in the A group.

Mike Huneycutt of Western Henrico was a little confused on where he was supposed to find B35, but he got friendly advice from Southwest veterans Harvey and Karen Hilpipre of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Huneycutt had chosen the flight because it was direct and had a good price. “I don’t like layovers. I thought I’d give it a try,” he said. “It’s very different from how it works on other airlines.”

The Hilpipre couple was returning home after a vacation in Virginia. They fly Southwest often because of the perks as well as the fares, they said. There’s no fee for the first checked bag; and there wasn’t a change fee when they decided to change the date of their return flight to Minneapolis.

A group of five from Kinsale Insurance Co. was also lured by the fare and the straight shot to their three-day conference in Orlando.

Clay Rhoades said he used to fly Southwest a lot when he was in the Army. “They forced everyone else to be competitive on prices,” he said. “Hopefully we will have a lot of people using this.”

David Cashwell, CEO of HealthSouth Richmond, expects to be using it a lot. He lives in Richmond during the week and in Orlando on weekends. “I was surprised that there wasn’t always a direct flight,” he said. “I will use it in the future.”

The youngest passenger on the inaugural flight to Richmond was 2-month-old Addison West. She flew in with parents Richard and April West, of Oklahoma City.

Richard West grew up in Short Pump, got his private pilot’s license in Richmond on Dec. 17, 1998, and works for Southwest as the company historian in Dallas. He takes two flights a day five days a week to get to work, he said.

On the first Richmond flight, he was documenting the flight and also bringing Addison for a first visit to her grandparents. “I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard about it in May,” he said. “This means a lot to me. We were crossing our fingers” that Addison would cooperate, and she did.

Airport officials have been crossing their fingers for a long time, too. “It’s something we’ve worked on for probably 15 years,” said Troy Bell, director of marketing and air service development for the Capital Region Airport Commission. “If it weren't illegal to pop champagne,” he said, “we probably would.”

 

CONTACT:

Katherine Calos

kcalos@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6433

 

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES LAUNCHES INAUGURAL FLIGHTS IN THREE CITIES

New Service in Memphis, Tenn.; Pensacola, Fla.; Richmond, Va. Brings Southwest’s Low Fares and Legendary Customer Service

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 year’s end, as the integration of Southwest and AirTran approaches its final phases.

"It is exciting for us to offer Southwest service in these markets," said Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, & CEO Gary Kelly.  "We plan to further the extraordinary service that AirTran has offered these cities with our traditional low-cost, Fun-LUVing Southwest style.”

As of November 3, 2013, Southwest Airlines Offers New Nonstop Service between:

  • Pensacola and Nashville and Houston (Hobby)
  • Richmond and Orlando
  • Memphis and Baltimore, Houston (Hobby), Orlando, Chicago (Midway), and Tampa Bay

AirTran will continue service between Atlanta and Richmond International Airport, with four daily nonstop departures.  Southwest Airlines anticipates a full conversion in Richmond in the second half of 2014. To celebrate this new service, Southwest is offering a sale on flights in these markets.  Richmond and Pensacola sale fares must be purchased by November 11, 2013, for travel every day except Fridays and Sundays January 6, 2014, through February 26, 2014.  Richmond and Pensacola fares must be purchased 21 days in advance.  Memphis nonstop flights starting as low as $50 one-way to select destinations must be purchased by November 6, 2013, for travel every day except Fridays and Sundays December 4, 2013, through February 26, 2014.

These low fares are available for purchase only on www.southwest.com  for a limited time (blackout dates apply; check fare rules for restrictions).

Examples of Southwest Airlines’ low fares include (see Memphis Fare Rules below):

  • $50 one-way nonstop between Memphis and Baltimore
  • $50 one-way nonstop between Memphis and Chicago (Midway)
  • $50 one-way nonstop between Memphis and Houston (Hobby)
  • $50 one-way nonstop between Memphis and Tampa
  • $50 one-way nonstop between Memphis and Orlando

Other examples of Southwest Airlines’ low fares include (see Pensacola and Richmond Fare Rules below):

  • $89 one-way nonstop between Pensacola and Nashville
  • $99 one-way nonstop between Richmond and Orlando
  • $119 one-way nonstop between Pensacola and Houston (Hobby)

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet.  The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

Southwest Airlines

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves.  On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior.  With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate nearly than 3,200 flights a day and serve communities around 86 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations.  Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com.

AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with nearly 500 flights a day to 46 destinations.  The carrier’s high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES MEMPHIS FARE RULES

Memphis fares are available only on southwest.com or swabiz.com.  Purchase from Nov. 4 through Nov. 6, 2013, 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city.  Travel Dec. 4 through Feb. 26, 2014.  Blackout dates apply: Dec. 20-23; Dec. 27-31, 2013; Jan 4-5; and Feb. 17, 2014.  Travel valid every day except Fridays and Sundays. Available on published, scheduled service only.  Fares valid on nonstop service only.  Displayed prices include all government taxes and fees.  Seats are limited.  Fares may vary by destination, flights, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel and holiday periods.  Fares are available for one-way travel.  Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines combinable fares.  If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare’s rules apply.  Fares are not combinable with Senior Fares.  Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but not guaranteed.  Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines.  Fares are not available through Group Desk.  Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare.  Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare.  Fares are subject to change until ticketed.  Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES PENSACOLA AND RICHMOND FARE RULES

Richmond and Pensacola fares are available only on southwest.com or swabiz.com.  21-day advance purchase required. Purchase from Nov. 4 through Nov. 11, 2013, 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city. Travel through Feb 26, 2013. Blackout dates apply: Nov. 26 - Dec. 3, Dec. 19 - Dec. 31, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2014. Travel valid every day except Fridays & Sundays.  Available on published, scheduled service only. Displayed prices include all government taxes and fees. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are available for one-way travel. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare's rules apply. Fares are not combinable with Senior Fares. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but not guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines. Fares are not available through Group Desk. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.

Media Please Contact:

Southwest Airlines Communication at 214/792-4847 or through swamedia.com

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 from 1983 to 1987. He also dealt with the airline when he worked at San Diego International Airport and as director of aviation at the Harlingen, Texas, airport. His experience over the years with Southwest demonstrated to him that the “Southwest effect” works: low fares and good service stimulate passenger traffic and better air service.

Now, he gets to see it again — as Southwest takes its first flight from Richmond’s airport today.

Q: What will Southwest Airlines’ entry into the Richmond market do for air travelers?

Answer: Southwest offers a highly attractive travel option to greater Richmond travelers. The Orlando route is the first bona fide Southwest-branded scheduled service from RIC, something the community has longed for more than 15 years. For the first time, Richmond appears as a destination for Southwest customers and will be a significant contributing factor in attracting new businesses and conventions.

Q: You’ve dealt with Southwest since you were in Texas. Is it the same airline it was back then?

Answer: Southwest has a great business model that has evolved from a small carrier to now being the largest carrier in the U.S. in terms of passengers carried domestically. It has modified its approach to adapt for business travelers, but what remains is the consistent focus on customer service, reliability, low fares and a good sense of humor. To that end, it has been profitable for 40 years — amazing in any industry and unprecedented in commercial aviation — and yes, it is the same airline, just bigger.

Q: What stopped Southwest from coming to Richmond in the early 2000s?

Answer: 9/11 altered the industry and ultimately created opportunities for Southwest in cities much larger than Richmond. As an airline, you have to respect market opportunities, and it led Southwest to land in Philadelphia and San Francisco, return to Denver, and even offer some service to the New York metro area.

Q: Do such niche carriers as Spirit and Allegiant have interest in RIC? Would they have a role here?

Answer: At the moment, we’re very focused on Southwest and the “incumbent airlines” at RIC. As far as nonparticipants in Richmond, we are in regular contact with their management, but only the airlines can speak to their current or long-term interest in providing service from RIC.

Q: What’s happening with JetBlue and New York?

Answer: In recent years, JetBlue has trimmed several short-haul routes to JFK — RIC is not alone. Boston, on the other hand, has been rapidly growing, and we’ve seen the popularity of its service reflected via increased Richmond-Boston service. New York is a big market, and a lot of people took advantage of the low RIC-JFK fares that JetBlue offered. Competitively, it had the effect of lowering fares to LaGuardia and Newark as well, which was good while it lasted. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough premium travelers, mostly business travelers flying on walk-up fares, willing to go to New York via JFK — it was perceived to be much less accessible to Midtown — and when you combine that with higher fuel prices and a generally weaker economy, JetBlue simply couldn’t sustain the service.

Q: Will RIC’s traffic grow as it gets more difficult to drive up Interstate 95 to Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia?

Answer: That is exactly the potential for the RIC market. We’ve tapped some of it, but there is an upside across the region to establish RIC as the preferred airport for even more travelers across a broader stretch of the commonwealth, thus the importance of having all four principal (U.S.) airlines serving RIC.

Q: Was the money used to promote the airport’s low-cost carriers JetBlue Airways and AirTran Airways well-spent?

Answer: Absolutely. The leaders of the low-cost carriers have applauded the Save Low Fares campaign, which they say demonstrates a genuine commitment to their success here. However, if the flying public forgets to fly on these low-cost airlines, all is lost.

 

CONTACT:

Peter Bacqué

pbacque@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6813

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 just one daily round-trip, nonstop flight to Orlando, Fla., the capital region’s No. 3 destination with about 173,000 annual passengers.

But while Southwest’s arrival at RIC may have small short-term impact, in the long run, the airline could be crucial for the region’s economic competitiveness.

“When the American Airlines and US Airway merger goes through, then there’ll be four (major) airlines left,” said Jon E. Mathiasen, Richmond International’s president and CEO. “It’s important that Richmond has all of these carriers at its airport.”

Right now, five large airlines — Southwest, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways — carry more than 80 percent of domestic airline traffic.

“As a community, you want all five serving you,” said Troy Bell, RIC’s director of marketing and air service development. And the big five fly at Richmond, as well as Southwest’s AirTran subsidiary and discount carrier JetBlue Airways.

Southwest Airlines is America’s largest low-fare carrier and it flies more domestic passengers than any airline — 112 million passengers last year. Richmond International officials have sought Southwest’s service for more than a quarter century.

Historically, the Dallas-based carrier’s entry into a market had produced lower fares and increased passenger traffic, a phenomenon called the “Southwest effect.” Local officials think the Southwest effect could work its magic in Richmond, too.

“It’s a powerful brand. People make an instant association with low fares,” Bell said. “It’s a remarkable brand of service. They’ve received slews of awards and accolades for what they do.”

“When companies are interested in coming to Richmond, they want to know about air fares, they want to know about your airport,” said John Jay Schwartz with Have Site Will Travel Ltd., a commercial real estate brokerage.

“And, of course, Southwest is the brand elite,” Schwartz said. “When you’ve got Southwest, people look at you differently.”

Having Southwest service is “a great economic development plus for the region,” said Schwartz, who flies as much as 50 times a year.

Southwest will serve Richmond in parallel with its AirTran subsidiary, which flies four roundtrips daily to Atlanta. Southwest bought discount-carrier AirTran in 2011, though the companies are still operating as separate carriers.

The AirTran brand will be subsumed into Southwest at RIC by the latter part of 2014, said Dave Ridley, Southwest Airlines’ senior vice president for business development, when the integration of the two airlines will be complete.

Whether the airline provides more flights to more destinations from Richmond depends in large part on how well its service is received by the region’s traveling public, Ridley said.

The airline’s expansion of service in Richmond, “like everything else in our business, is TBD” — to be determined — Ridley said. “One of the secrets of our success in the airline business has been conservative growth.”

While nowhere near making anything approaching a commitment to fly Richmond-to-Chicago or Richmond-to-Houston, Ridley said, “it would certainly be reasonable to think that the airports you’ve mentioned would be top candidates.”

“We’re certainly hopeful that we’ll be able to add points on our map,” Ridley said. “We’ll have to see how the market responds.”

“They will do Chicago, write that down,” said Michael Boyd, president of Colorado-based Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting firm.

“They’ll probably do Houston. Baltimore could be in the cards,” Boyd said. “Denver is always a possibility.”

“Over time, they’ll add more flights and more destinations,” Schwartz predicted, though he noted that “you’ve got to use it or lose it.”

“More Richmonders will use them and they’ll grow and grow and grow,” Schwartz said, “and that will be good for Richmond.”

Though airline ticket prices are based on demand, “their flights are typically a little cheaper,” Schwartz said.

While prices vary with demand and specific travel dates, during November and December airfares posted last week were running from about $160 to $640 for a Richmond-Orlando roundtrip, nonrefundable ticket.

Southwest’s entry into the Richmond market is “fantastic,” said Kim Scheeler, president and CEO of the Greater Richmond Chamber, the metro region’s leading business advocacy group. “It continues to create more opportunities to broaden the markets we can reach with a carrier that has a reputation for keeping fares low,” Scheeler said.

“The key for them, like any airline, is can they fill the planes?” Scheeler said.

Because Southwest will fly 143-seat Boeing 737s on the Orlando service, rather than the 117-seat Boeing 717s AirTran uses, RIC will likely see an increase in passenger traffic on that popular route, airport officials said.

Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism, the area’s tourism promotion agency, remembers when AirTran initially entered the RIC market in 1998 and only lasted 11 months for lack of passengers. AirTran returned to Richmond in 2005.

Tourism is a $2 billion business in the five localities that are members of the Richmond Region Tourism organization. More than 7 million people visit here annually.

“If consumers chase Southwest away, there’s no other low-cost carrier we can bring in,” Berry said. “There’s no one behind them. They’ve absorbed AirTran and JetBlue is already in the market.”

Southwest Airlines’ customer service is unmatched, said aviation consultant Boyd. “They don’t give passengers more than a sack of peanuts, but people get off and say they love it.”

Richmond-based marketing consultant Peter Kohn, a frequent airline passenger, described Southwest’s service as “very adequate and efficient.” Still, “it’s nothing but a good thing for Richmond in terms of pricing and increased service,” Kohn said. “I’d like to see something open up so we had access to the rest of the country, not just Orlando.”

David K. Cunningham, a Richmond businessman and native Texan, also has flown Southwest. “My most common destination is in Texas and they have a lot of flights going that way,” the Richmond businessman said. “Hopefully, it will increase the number of flights going to Houston and reduce the fare.”

“They have a really outstanding reputation,” Cunningham said. “It will be interesting to see if their performance lives up to it.”

Southwest is mindful of that issue. “We don’t want to overpromise and underdeliver,” Ridley said.

While its fuel bill is shrinking and its profits soaring, Southwest’s average fares are rising. Southwest’s third-quarter net income jumped to $259 million from $16 million in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 5.5 percent to a record $4.55 billion, and the average one-way fare on Southwest increased 11.3 percent, to $159.39, versus $143.24 a year ago.

Mergers have reduced the number of competitors in the U.S. airline industry, and the remaining air carriers are boosting fares by controlling growth and limiting available seats.

With Southwest, American, Delta, United and US Airways flying to and from Richmond International, “those five carriers can get you from Richmond to the rest of the world,” Boyd said. However, “they’re not trying to kill each other anymore,” Boyd said. “They’re not out there to get into each other’s territory.”

In 1978, federal airline deregulation set off an explosion of airline startups, an orgy of price wars, wild swings in air carrier profitability, and a mess of bankruptcies, mergers and failures. The U.S. airline industry has shrunk from more than 20 major brand-name carriers in 1978 down to five network airlines, and soon to be four with the expected American-US Airways merger. In that time, the industry saw 190 bankruptcies.

The era of many competing airlines isn’t coming back, Boyd said. Southwest has been consistently profitable for the past 40 years. That alone sets it apart from the rest of U.S. air carriers.

The U.S. airline industry’s profits have hovered around zero since federal airline deregulation in 1978, and the industry lost more than $23 billion dollars in 2001-2003, outpacing the total earnings of the past.

All the major legacy carriers — United, US Airways, American and Delta — have sought bankruptcy protection. Those bankruptcies have allowed the legacy carriers to lower their labor costs, while fuel costs have risen for all airlines, narrowing the advantage Southwest has had over its competitors.

Southwest went from a 45 percent advantage in operating costs over its competition to about 25 percent now, Southwest’s Ridley said. But, Ridley noted, his airline still has lower operating costs than its rivals, which “allows us to still consistently offer more low fares than the other guys.”

Nonetheless, RIC’s Mathiasen said, “We’re not going to see, I believe, anytime soon the competition we saw between airlines in the early 2000s.” But, he said, “What I’m excited about is the commitment and decision by Southwest to serve Richmond.

“There are some cities, like Sarasota (in Florida), where they said they were not going to continue,” Mathiasen said.

And Southwest is cutting some of its flights out of Norfolk International Airport because of reduced demand. Travelers flying out of Norfolk will lose nonstop service to Jacksonville, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn., in March when Southwest eliminates those flights from its schedule, a Norfolk airport official said last week.

Assuming the American-US Airways merger goes through, Mathiasen said, having Southwest at Richmond International still offers more opportunity for competitive fares and service than a market with fewer carriers.

Delta is Richmond’s dominant airline now, carrying about 33 percent of local air travelers in September. American and US Airways combined had about 33 percent also, with United carrying almost 19 percent. AirTran and JetBlue each had about 8 percent of the Richmond market. RIC serves about 3.2 million passengers annually.

Since deregulation, air carriers have generally been able to set fares in response to customer demand and the prices offered by competitors. As a result, fares change much more rapidly, and passengers sitting in the same section on the same flight often pay different prices, according to Airlines for America, the trade organization of the principal U.S. airlines.

Airlines also are free to enter and exit domestic markets at will, and set their schedules in response to market opportunities and competitive pressures. Along with price, schedule is a key consideration for air travelers.

For business travelers, who typically are time-sensitive and value convenience, airline scheduling is often more important than the ticket price, though price still matters.

Southwest’s seating policy also sets it apart from other airlines.

“We don’t assign seats on Southwest flights, so feel free to sit in any available seat,” the airline says. However, the airline provides a number of ways for passengers to get preference for early boarding so they can pick the seat they want — they can buy a special business fare to get into one of the first boarding groups; qualifying members of the airline’s frequent-flier program can get priority boarding; and passengers can pay a fee to check-in between 36 hours and 24 hours before departure for a boarding pass to improve getting into one of the early boarding groups.

Otherwise, passengers are put into different boarding groups based on the order of check-in 24 hours before departure.

AirTran frequent-flier points can be transferred to Southwest, Ridley said, and frequent fliers will be able to be among the first 60 passengers boarding: “Our objective is to protect the AirTran loyal customers.” Southwest doesn’t serve meals, but peanuts, pretzels and soft drinks are free.

The airline also allows passengers to change flights and check two pieces of baggage without charge.

“You don’t get stuck with $120 in bag fees,” Ridley said. “It’s real money. It just doesn’t show up in the fares.”

“The value proposition is still there,” Ridley said.

 

CONTACT:

pbacque@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6813

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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 from photographs taken during her travels to isolated places around the world. Her sojourns included sites as variable as the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Chesapeake Bay’s Tangier Island, Yellowstone National Park, and the southern coast of Iceland.

Individually, each landscape is stark, even otherworldly; together, they create new environments that are both familiar and foreign. This exploration of the intersection of reality and fantasy creates a certain sense of disorientation that comes from confusing the two. “It is a feeling that only occurs after spending too much time out on your own,” said Kobran.  “The inevitable result of an insatiable wanderlust for the unknown.”

Kobran is from Leesburg, Virginia, and was awarded a 2013 VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.

 

CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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

Environmentally Positive Transition to Cleaner-Burning Alternative Fuel Creates Opportunity to Showcase Richmond Region Assets

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 than five years of planning, to bring the new CNG shuttles online,” said airport president and CEO Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE. “It is estimated that the use of replacing diesels with a CNG shuttle fleet will reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions by 89% and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by 95%. Overall, fleet tailpipe emissions will be reduced by more than 20 tons per year.”

In addition to the new fleet, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station was built on airport property to fuel the vehicles.  Acquisition of the shuttles and the construction of CNG infrastructure were made possible by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program grant supported by the Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization.

While the transition from diesel- to CNG-powered vehicles for airport parking will have a net positive environmental result, the shuttles additionally showcase the lifestyle, business environment, and attractions of the Greater Richmond Region. The Richmond-specific themes, originally suggested by the Branding Committee of the Greater Richmond Chamber as a means to showcase the region, display themes including Innovation, Business Friendly, Racing Under the Lights at RIR, Sports & Recreation, History & Heritage, Arts & Culture, Higher Education, and River Fun. The shuttles’ graphics were designed by West Cary Group.

Matching customer demand levels, on an average day the Airport may operate up to seven shuttles concurrently. All EasyPark drivers have commercial drivers licenses (CDLs) and each shuttle is equipped with a wheelchair lift.

Richmond International Airport (RIC), one of North America’s most efficient airports according to the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS), offers easy access from the highway to the jetway. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.FlyRichmond.com.

CONTACT:
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022 or tbell@flyrichmond.com

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

Air Transport Research Society (ATSR) Study Ranks RIC #2 in North America for Operating Efficiency, Management among Small- and Mid-Sized 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 most comprehensive independent evaluation of global airport performance. The rankings are used by airport and airlines executives, governments, consultants, institutional investors and researchers.
  • Benchmarking factors include aircraft operations, passenger counts, cargo tonnage, non-aeronautical revenue, labor, non-capital expenses, and facilities such as runways, terminal size, and number of gates.
  • Per the report, RIC scores high in overall operating and management efficiency, with factors such as low landing fees, low overall costs per enplaned passenger, and a high percentage of operating revenue derived from non-airline sources such as parking, non-airline leases, concessions, ground transportation, and in-terminal advertising.
  • Richmond (RIC) ranked #2 in the mid-/small-sized airport (less than 15 million passengers per year) category, trailing only Will Rogers International Airport (OKC) of Oklahoma City. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) was ranked most efficient worldwide. 

Supporting Quotes

  • “The impressive performance of Richmond International Airport (RIC) in the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report is reflective of changes initiated at the airport more than a decade ago,” said Commission president and CEO Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE. “Beyond the significant changes exemplified by newer facilities, the members of the Capital Region Airport Commission and senior management are driven to provide a safe, convenient, enjoyable airport experience by the most efficient and cost-competitive means possible and this philosophy is supported daily by the full Commission workforce.”
  • UBC Sauder School of Business Prof. Tae Oum, who led the study, says the benchmarking report shows that more efficient airports offer lower aircraft landing fees and passenger terminal charges, leaving more money in travelers’ pockets.

Supporting Resources

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region.  For more information about RIC, please visit our website at www.flyrichmond.com.

 

CONTACT

Troy M. Bell, C.M., Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/Public Information Officer
Richmond International Airport (RIC)
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

 

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.

Here are some importinant things to remember when flying this summer:

  • Arrive at the airport early. Factoring in drive time, airport parking, lines at the ticket counter and security checkpoints mean it's a good idea to be an early bird when traveling by air. RIC recommends arriving at least 90 minutes prior to your departure to ensure enough time to navigate to your gate.
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a close watch over tickets, wallets, purses, and other belongings. Thieves don't take vacations; but they can ruin yours.
  • Pack smart. Place medicine, jewelry, cameras and other valuable items in your carry-on baggage.
  • Remember 3-1-1. Security regulations limit the amount of gels and liquids passengers can take through security in carry-on luggage. Keep travel-size toiletries to 3 ounces or less that fit comfortably in 1 quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag with 1 bag per passenger. 3-1-1. Not sure if I an item can be brought onto the plane in your carry-on luggage? Use this "When I fly, can I bring?" online tool provided by the TSA.
  • Know your limits. Pack light and know baggage limits. Many airlines now charge for checked luggage and charge extra for overweight bags.  Some are considering even charging for carry-on. Check with your air carrier before you pack.
  • Traveling with food and gifts. When it comes to bringing items through checkpoints, traveling with food or gifts can be a challenge. Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? TSA provides a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.
  • Taking children through security. The TSA asks that you take infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse the stroller before arriving at the metal detector. Get more TSA tips for traveling with children under the age of 12.
  • Medical conditions or special needs. The TSA website provides some helpful information about what to expect at the security checkpoint if you are traveling with a disability or medical condition.
  • Be nice to everyone. Courtesy will come back to you in kind from airline employees, who are far more used to grumpiness and complaints these days than compliments. It might make you feel better about your trip, too!

For more summer travel tips, visit www.flyrichmond.com.

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 a look at the art of the photographic process, from early dark room prints to current Photoshop techniques.

“I look at this body of work as a mis-documentation that creates a strong yet false connection to, and knowledge of, the object,” said Warren.  “My use of layered imagery and processes works to reinforce this relationship. Though these images use misdirection, they are still a documentation of the evolution of photography from analog to digital.”

Warren lives and works in Richmond, Virginia, and is the recipient of a 2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.

 

CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com
 

South Airport Drive Closing This Weekend to Construct a New Railroad Crossing

Airport Travelers Encouraged to Use Detour

June 21, 2013

RICHMOND, VA (June 21, 2013) - South Airport Drive (Route 156) will be closed at the railroad crossing near I-64 from midnight Saturday, June 22 through Sunday afternoon to allow crews from Norfolk Southern to construct a new crossing. In addition to the closure at South Airport Drive, the following will be closed.

  • Ramp from I-64 west to South Airport Drive northbound (exit 197B)
  • Ramp from I-64 east to South Airport Drive northbound (exit 197B)

Drivers are encouraged to use the following detours:

  • From I-295 to Richmond International Airport: Take exit 28 (Route 60/Williamsburg Road west) to Airport Drive
  • From I-64 west to South Airport Drive northbound: Continue on I-64 west to exit 195 (Laburnum Avenue) northbound. Turn right onto Nine Mile Road/Route 33 to reach Airport Drive
  • From I-64 east to South Airport Drive northbound: Continue on I-64 east to I-295 south (exit 200) to Route 60/Williamsburg Road west (exit 28). Turn right onto East Nine Mile Road to reach Airport Drive.

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).  The award was announced this week at AMAC’s annual conference in San Diego. The Capital Region Airport Commission oversees operations of Richmond International Airport (RIC).  

“It is an honor to receive this award from AMAC,” said Jon Mathiasen, airport president & CEO. “The award reflects the commitment of the airport management team to supplier diversity.”

The award cited the airport’s efforts to enable Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBEs) and other small enterprises to participate in highly competitive business opportunities. Those opportunities ranged from runway lighting and paving to major concessions, ground transportation and master planning, as well as a wide range of goods and services that support the airport’s daily activities.

“Community outreach is a key to making DBEs, and small-, women- and minority-owned businesses aware of contracting opportunities at the airport,” added Mathiasen. “We work to get the word out by encouraging all of our current and potential suppliers to register with eVA, the State of Virginia's online procurement service that posts business opportunities at the airport. We also participate in community events, as well as organize a public Business Opportunity Forum each year to help current and potential suppliers better understand and participate in the bidding process at RIC.”

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (M/W/DBEs) in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in employment. The Award of the Organization is given by the Board on behalf of AMAC to an individual, airport, or a firm for significant contributions toward the realization of DBE or EEO goals on an airport.

RIC is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations. The airport serves more than 3 million passengers annually. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

Richmond Int'l Airport (RIC) to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Response Exercise This Weekend

Test of Airport Emergency Plan (AEP), Mandated by FAA, Scheduled for Saturday, June 15th, 9:00am until Conclusion of Response Scenarios

June 13, 2013

Richmond International Airport, VA (June 13, 2013) -

Emergency Exercise Facts

  • As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airports are to conduct full-scale tests of their Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) every three years. Such drills not only test the AEP, but also create a real-time practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be necessary in the event of an actual incident.
  • Emergency response measures build upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which provides a consistent and scalable template for managing incidents.
  • Between triennial full-scale drills, airports conduct other simulations and training exercises, such as tabletop work sessions with the participation of supporting organizations.
  • Accordingly, Richmond International Airport (RIC) will conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise this Saturday, June 15th.
  • Participants may include: RIC Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), RIC Police (RICPD) and other airport staff and management representatives, airline representatives, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Henrico Division of Fire, Henrico Division of Police, Chesterfield Fire & EMS Department, Richmond Fire & EMS Department, Hanover County Fire & EMS Department, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the American Red Cross, RIC’s Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC/FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health (including Medical Examiner’s office), Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond.

Impact during the Drill Period

  • The airport anticipates no impact to normal operations during the emergency response exercise.
  • Multiple scenarios will test emergency response and coordination during the event.
  • RIC will post signs in the terminal building and broadcast announcements over the public address system in the terminal building to advise airport customers that an emergency response simulation is in progress.
  • Planning for the exercise has been underway for several months.
  • Use of movement areas at RIC (runways and taxiways), with the exception of the north end of taxiway M (TWY M) on the east side of the airfield, will not be affected by the exercise.

Supporting Resources

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.
 

Following Early A.M. Evacuation Caused by Phone Threat, Operations Resume at Richmond International

June 11, 2013

Richmond International Airport, VA  (June 11, 2013) - This morning Richmond International Airport (RIC) received a call of a threatening nature. At about 6:20AM, an orderly evacuation of the terminal was conducted as a precautionary measure.  Working with numerous local, state, and federal agencies, the terminal and nearby public areas were swept and ultimately declared clear, allowing the public to be re-admitted to the terminal facility at about 9:40AM. 

Approximate Timeline of Terminal Evacuation

  • 6:10AM: Richmond International Airport receives a threatening call.
  • 6:20AM: Nature of call was deemed to present a serious potential risk to the public and the decision was made by RIC Public Safety to evacuate the terminal and nearby parking decks. Notifications were made to mutual aid partners including Virginia State Police, Virginia Capitol Police, Henrico Police and Richmond Police, as well as to other local, state, and federal agencies.
  • 8:00AM: K-9 sweeps underway, conducted by various teams in public areas to include terminal concourses, ticketing, baggage claim and parking decks.
  • 8:10AM: Parking decks declared clear, permitting public to access vehicles and depart RIC, if desired.
  • 8:35AM: Concourse A clear.
  • 9:05AM: Public areas of terminal declared clear, sweeps move to baggage make-up areas.
  • 9:20AM: Airline crew, TSA, and other workers in the terminal reassumed work stations.
  • 9:40AM: Terminal re-opened to the public.

While the total impact of the evacuation is unknown, the decision to evacuate the terminal was made during the busy morning push. Passengers and terminal-based workers were evacuated from the building and parking decks, and traffic was held or rerouted to avoid the terminal area.  The airport is awaiting information about impact to flights, such as delays, cancellations or diversions.

A joint investigation involving local, state, and federal authorities is ongoing.

Passengers are encouraged to verify their flight’s status via airline websites or apps before heading to the airport.

 

Southwest Announces NEW SERVICE and $89 Fares for Richmond

$89 Fares between Richmond and Orlando

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 planned arrival by year’s end of Southwest’s Low Fares and Legendary Customer Service in 89 domestic destinations, including all previously served by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways.

To celebrate the new service, Southwest Airlines is launching a fare sale, offering nonstop flights starting as low as $89 one-way.  These low fares are available for purchase on www.southwest.com today through Saturday, May 13, 2013, 11:59 p.m.

The new nonstop service offered on both carriers comes as Customers are able to purchase itineraries among the airlines' combined 97 destinations, including international airports, in one transaction.

AirTran service will end Nov. 2 in both Memphis and Pensacola.  

Fare Rules

Available only on www.southwest.com or www.swabiz.com. Purchase from May 6, 2013, through May 13, 2013, 11:59 pm. Travel August 11, 2013 through Dec 13, 2013. Blackout dates apply: Nov. 26, 2013 through Dec. 3, 2013. Flights operated by AirTran Airways until Nov. 2, 2013.  Available on published, scheduled service only.  Southwest Service to Richmond begins on Nov. 3, 2013. Displayed prices include all government taxes and fees. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destinations, flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are available for one-way travel. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare's rules apply. Fares are not combinable with Senior Fares. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines. Fares are not available through Group Desk. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.

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 friendly gesture to NASCAR” said Troy Bell, RIC’s Director of Marketing and Air Service Development.

“The popular auto races are big business for the Richmond region,” said Jon E. Mathiasen, RIC’s President and CEO. “It means a lot to us. It brings us traffic.”

“We have a great partnership with the airport,” said Aimee Turner, Director of Communications for Richmond International Raceway (RIR). “They see the benefits of everyone who comes into town for our events — race teams, drivers, fans in general — and goes through the airport.”

Dozens of private and corporate planes fly into RIC for the NASCAR races, making them far and away the busiest times for general aviation at the airport.

“They’re parking aircraft on every available corner of asphalt or concrete out here,” said Bell. “The (aircraft parking) ramp space fills up nicely.”

Aircraft based at RIC also will be able to take advantage of the waived fee normally charged on aviation fuel sales, said Bell.

General aviation jets and turboprop airplanes can take aboard hundreds of gallons of fuel when they top off their tanks. Jet fuel sells for $5.51 to $5.98 a gallon at RIC.

“A lot of the public is unaware that the drivers have their own private planes, as do the sponsors of the race and the race teams,” said Jack Berry, president and CEO of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (RMCVB)

The airport’s race-friendly attitude “just reinforces why drivers like RIC more than other race destinations,” Berry said.

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, with easy access from the highway to the jetway. Seven air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

For more information about flight support services available at RIC, please visit www.flyrichmond.com/index.php/general-aviation.

Note: Excerpts from this article were taken from a story written by Peter Bacque, from the March 27, 2013, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. For the complete article, please visit the RTD website.  

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 illustrious history but also of the enduring spirit and continuing progress of the city on the James.

“Enduring a revolution and a civil war that nearly burnt the city to the ground, Richmond has experienced many ups and downs,” said Sanders. “But like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the spirit of Richmond and its inhabitants keep moving forward. The Richmond of today, with historical architecture set against towering skyscrapers, creates even more stories for future generations to come.”

Sanders lives and works in Richmond, Virginia, and was the recipient of a 2010 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, with easy access from the highway to the jetway. Seven air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Travel Advisory: Ryan Rally at RIC Expected to Cause Vehicle Congestion in Airport Area Saturday

Martinair hangar in RIC’s GA North area will host pre-election rally

November 2, 2012

RICHMOND, VA (November 2, 2012) - A political rally scheduled at Richmond International Airport (RIC) on Saturday, November 3, 2012, is expected to cause temporary but significant roadway congestion along some roadways in the vicinity of the airport.  The airport anticipates that the heaviest congestion periods are expected between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and between 3:30-5:00 p.m.

While the roadways will see increased volume, travelers should note that flights and normal customer parking in facilities such as the garages (Hourly and Daily sections), Economy Lot B, and the Cell Phone Lot should not be impacted by Saturday’s event.

Drivers approaching the airport using I-64 East are urged to avoid the 197-A (Airport Drive) exit during the peak 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. congestion period. Similar events in the past have resulted in major backups on I-64 near the Airport Drive exit.  Alternate routes for consideration include:

  • From the North: I-295 South to VA-156 South/North Airport Dr toward Highland Springs. Continue onto North Airport Drive.
  • From the West/Downtown/East: I-64 to Laburnum Ave (exit 195), left onto Charles City Road and left onto South Airport Drive.
  • From the South: VA-895 East to the 895 Airport Connector Road which feeds into South Airport Drive.

Once on Airport property, drivers approaching the terminal building midday Saturday should plan for minor delays, use caution on Airport Drive, and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, with easy access from the highway to the jetway.  Seven air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

 

CONTACT
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

 

 

UPDATE #3: WEATHER ADVISORY FOR RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

78 Cancellations at RIC on Tuesday. Flight Schedules to Southeast Destinations Return to Normal

October 30, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 30, 2012) – The airline industry has begun to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy as it moved up the east coast Sunday and Monday. The storm caused major impacts to flight operations at several U.S. airports, including flight operations to and from Richmond International Airport (RIC) on Monday.

Monday Impact:
131 out of 160 flights – more than 80 percent - were cancelled at RIC on Monday as the hurricane blew through the area. 

Tuesday Update:
As of 9:30 AM, 78 flights have been cancelled at RIC, most to and from northeast destinations, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Afternoon flight schedules at RIC to southeast destinations, including Atlanta, Charlotte and Orlando, appear to be returning to normal.   

RIC still urges customers planning to travel today and tomorrow to continue to monitor the status of their flight via air carrier websites prior to leaving for the airport.

Contact information for air carriers serving Richmond:

Air Canada - www.aircanada.com
AirTran Airways - www.airtran.com
American Airlines - www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com
JetBlue Airways - www.jetblue.com
United Airlines - www.united.com
US Airways - www.usairways.com

For the latest roadway conditions in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Department of Transportation travel center website.


 

Update: Weather Advisory for Richmond International Airport

Cancellations pop up starting late Sunday afternoon, continue into Monday

October 28, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 28, 2012) - Hurricane Sandy is currently churning in the Atlantic and is beginning to have an impact on US flights including at Richmond Internationa Airport (RIC).

At RIC, while no cancellations were reported on Saturday, cancellations have started to pop up after 5PM today for some arrivals and departures.  As of 11:00AM local time, 19 flights have been scrubbed for Sunday.  For Monday, 59 flights have been pre-cancelled, including most morning operations.  Both Sunday and Monday totals are expected to climb.

The Airport recommends that customers traveling during this period monitor the status of their flight via air carrier websites prior to leaving for RIC and encourages travelers to allow extra time when driving as road conditions might be impacted by the storm. Most airlines providing service to RIC are waiving change fees.

Contact information for air carriers serving Richmond:

Air Canada - www.aircanada.com
AirTran Airways - www.airtran.com
American Airlines - www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com
JetBlue Airways - www.jetblue.com
United Airlines - www.united.com
US Airways - www.usairways.com

For the latest roadway conditions in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Department of Transportation travel center website. 

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 strangeness within a strictly limited geographical area. Using a large-format 8x10 inch camera, Zimmermann attempts to capture supposedly ordinary spaces with the greatest attention and care.

“I grew up in suburban Arlington, Virginia. When I was young the place seemed so familiar to me as to be practically invisible,” said Zimmermann. “Only later, when my pursuit of photography introduced me to the visible world, did I begin to notice the beauty and strangeness of the suburban landscape.”

Zimmermann lives and works in Arlington, Virginia, and is the recipient of a 2012 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, with easy access from the highway to the jetway. Seven air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 90 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.

CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com
 

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 digitally relevant airports in the country," says Troy Bell, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development for RIC. "They're fully leveraging their integrated communications expertise to the benefit of the airport, its customers and stakeholders, and the Greater Richmond Region as a whole."

"Our digital philosophy at West Cary Group is 'think mobile first,' and that guided the redesign," says Moses Foster, West Cary Group President and CEO.

"Using responsive design techniques, the website adapts intelligently to any device you view it on--whether it's a mobile phone, tablet or computer." "We also wanted to capture what's unique about RIC--namely, its culture. There's a special warmth generated by the environment and the staff that you just can't find at most airports these days." New location photography is featured prominently on the site, bringing to life the airport's distinctively open, accessible atmosphere. Additional improvements include a new architecture that puts the most highly sought after information at the forefront. Site visitors will now find a home page Fare Finder and Arrivals and Departures board. For interested businesses, information on RIC's decade-old Supplier Diversity program is highlighted with a featured home page link.

"We consider this site highly dynamic and a work in progress," continues Foster.

"We'll continue to work with the airport to look for ways to refine and enhance the site's functionality and design. It's truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with one of the most important resources in our region." West Cary Group was named Agency of Record for RIC in April 2012. The firm is responsible for general marketing--including web and mobile design and development, as well as brand advertising.

About West Cary Group

West Cary Group is a full-service, minority-owned advertising and marketing communications agency founded in 2007 by Moses Foster. The firm specializes in digital media, brand marketing, diversity communications, direct response marketing and employee communications.

www.westcarygroup.com 

 

 

USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Opens Center at Richmond International Airport

July 10, 2012

USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Opens Center at Richmond International Airport

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 2, 2010) - Due to the current and planned significant increases in military population and the large number of military personnel being trained at the specialized schools operating at Fort Lee, there is a clear demand for USO programs and services. A USO Welcome Center is now available for the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families at Richmond International Airport. Modeled on other airport centers, the new center will offer:

  • Information and Referral- The link between traveling military members and their families, providing accurate, up to date information about the local community.
  • Family Outreach- The primary source of emergency assistance for travelers in need of lodging, transportation or food until appropriate military or community services are identified. The center will also offer Military Family support groups a place to host meetings and activities to better serve and inform the military community. (Partnerships are anticipated with local veteran organizations such as the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Wounded Warrior Chapters to provide information and assistance.)
  • Quality of Life- A "home away from home" providing on site computer services, food and beverages, library services (books/magazines/newspaper/ video games), toiletries, communication and children's needs.

The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia will have the grand opening for its tenth welcome center, located at Richmond International Airport (RIC), on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 6pm. State and local elected officials and Army officials are expected to be on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

It is the mission of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities.

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About the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is a non-governmental, non-profit 501c(3) organization that depends on corporate and individual support to fund its programs and services. While it is affiliated with USO World, it receives no funding from World headquarters. In order to maintain our centers and provide our programs, it is imperative that we maintain a strong sponsor relationship with our local business and civic organizations. We also rely heavily on individual contributions and volunteers from our very supportive local communities. Proud supporters of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia include: USA Discounters , LTD Management Company, LLC, Altria, Richmond International Airport/Capital Region Airport Commission, Panera Bread, Cobb Technologies, Napier Realtors ERA, Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Cox Media Group- Richmond, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ryan Homes, Delaware North Companies, Universal Leaf and Tobacco, Bank of America, Sandston Rotary Club, Mechanicsville VFW, and AUSA-Ft. Lee.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations.


CONTACT:

Kyle Corbus
USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
(757) 289-5929
kyle@usohr.org

OR

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

VMFA's "Faces of Sustainability" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

July 10, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 28, 2011) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia resident Jason Horowitz opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through October 2011.

The photographs are part of a portrait series focusing on people involved in the "green" movement in Arlington, VA. Originally commissioned by Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, the images are simultaneously intensely individual and universally human. Presented larger than life, with a hyper-realistic level of detail, they explore the intersection of portraiture and landscape to examine what is real rather than ideal. At this scale, the direct gaze of the subjects becomes the conduit for looking deeply at oneself and one's community.

Jason Horowitz lives and works in Arlington, VA and is a recipient of a 2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum's permanent collection encompasses more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation's finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its then 74-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA's Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free and the museum is open 365 days a year. For additional information visit http://www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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.

AirTran began service at RIC in June 2005 and offers daily nonstop flights to Atlanta and Orlando, with connecting service to many of Richmond's top destinations. For flight information and reservations, please visit www.airtran.com

CONTACT:

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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 Cache la Poudre River in northern Colorado; the other is Route 36, a two-lane highway that cuts across northern Kansas. He spent four years working on each project and traveled both routes. With this in mind, the photographs not only reference the places themselves, but also capture a precise moment in time with a specific individual. That relationship is always paramount in Wylie's images.

Wylie lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia, and was the recipient of a 2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship Award. For additional information about Wylie, please visit www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/fellowship.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, with easy access from the highway to the jetway. Eight air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 90 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum's permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation's finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA's Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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

Traffic was Fueled by Double Digit Growth from Low Cost Carriers AirTran Airways (+14.3%) and JetBlue Airways (+11.8%)

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 year ago (277,217 in April 2012 vs. 268,657 in April 2011). Passenger enplanements were up 3.1 percent (138,926 vs. 134,724) year over year, while deplanements increased 3.3 percent (138,291 vs. 133,933).

Through the first ten months of FY2012, RIC passenger traffic is down 3.7 percent over the same period a year ago (2,607,988 vs. 2,707,518).

Delta Air Lines was the market share leader for the month, carrying 31.2 percent of RIC passengers, followed by US Airways (21.7 percent) and United (16.8 percent).

Four air carriers, led by AirTran (+14.3%) and JetBlue (+11.8%), reported growth for the month. Delta Air Lines and US Airways also reported year-over-year growth in April. 

Cargo: Total cargo, measured as a sum of freight and mail, increased 12.4 percent to 7.77 million pounds (3,525 metric tons) versus the same period a year ago.

Operations: Aircraft movements decreased 2.5 percent in April (8,538 vs. 8,758) versus last year, with air taxi (+5.8 percent) reporting growth.

Service Notes: Nonstop flights from Richmond to Freeport (FPO), Grand Bahama Island via Bahamasair launched on May 18th. Flights depart Richmond on Mondays and Fridays aboard 150-passenger Boeing 737-400 aircraft. For more information, visit www.Bahamasair.com, call 1-800-222-4262, or contact your local travel agent.


CONTACT
Troy Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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 advertising.

"Marketing RIC, one of the region's most identifiable resources, is a huge honor, and we're going to have some fun - especially with digital," says Moses Foster, WCG CEO and recent winner of the VMSDC's 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year award. "Three million travelers fly through RIC every year, and they have great things to say about the airport. We want to help RIC maintain an exceptional travel experience, and also become known as one of the most digitally relevant airports in the country."

Since opening its doors in 2007, West Cary Group has grown into a dynamic 32-member marketing team diverse in thought and talent - including specialties in web design, mobile application development, brand strategy, content development and marketing analytics.

"Out of 19 marketing firms, we chose West Cary Group," says Troy Bell, Director, Marketing and Air Service Development for RIC. "It was a robust competition, but at the end of the day we felt WCG 's ideas and capabilities aligned best of all with the Airport's goals in ever-changing aviation and communications environments."

About West Cary Group
West Cary Group is a full-service, minority-owned advertising and marketing communications agency founded in 2007 by Moses Foster. The firm specializes in digital media, brand marketing, diversity initiatives, direct response marketing and employee communications.

www.westcarygroup.com

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

Airport recognized for promoting economic diversity and small business development

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 diversity and supporting small business development.

"We are grateful for this recognition from the Metropolitan Business League," says Jon Mathiasen, President and CEO of Richmond International Airport. "Outreach to small, women and minority owned businesses is critical to ensuring supplier diversity at the Airport."

"As a government entity," Mathiasen adds, "the Commission must select qualified suppliers based on the lowest cost. Greater supplier diversity at the Airport is the direct result of more suppliers knowing about and bidding on potential business opportunities."

Established in 1971, the purpose of the Metropolitan Business League (www.thembl.org) is to promote economic prosperity in Virginia through leadership, education, training, and advocacy for small, minority, and women owned businesses. The organization provides training and technical assistance, workshops, seminars, and one-on-one counseling to help its members succeed.

"The award is in recognition for the Commission's conscious efforts to make small and minority owned business aware of opportunities at RIC," according to Oliver Singleton, President of the Metropolitan Business League. "The Commission's involvement in the community is something that we encourage all businesses to do."

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, with easy access from the highway to the jetway. Eight air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 85 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.


CONTACT:

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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: laundry. Majer, however, transforms such recognizable items as a sweater or a pair of pants, into works of art. Without glamorizing or idealizing--but with inserting an undeniable levity--Majer invites the audience to see a mundane cardigan or a lowly sock in a new light.

Majer notes that the repetition of subject matter both reflects the actual nature of laundry and inspires a new perspective.

Majer lives and works in Richmond, Virginia, and was a recipient of a 2010 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on eight major airlines providing competitive fares and convenient schedules to hundreds of major destinations across the U.S. and around the world. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum's permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation's finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA's Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.

CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

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 Southwest route map include: Richmond, VA (RIC); Flint, Mich. (FNT); Rochester, N.Y. (ROC); Pensacola, Fla. (PNS); Charlotte, N.C. (CLT); Dayton, Ohio (DAY); Key West, Fla. (EYW); Washington, D.C. (DCA); Memphis, Tenn. (MEM); Akron-Canton, Ohio (CAK); Wichita, Kan. (ICT); Des Moines, Iowa (DSM); Branson, Mo. (BKG); Portland, Maine (PWM); Grand Rapids, Mich. (GRR); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ); Cancun, Mexico (CUN); Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Aruba (AUA); San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU); Bermuda (BDA); and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). AirTran service and Employees at these airports are planned to convert to Southwest gradually over the course of AirTran's integration into Southwest. The airlines earlier announced that AirTran will begin serving Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) on May 24, 2012, and San Jose Cabo, Mexico (SJD) on June 3, 2012. Those destinations also will convert to Southwest over time. Of the 69 cities AirTran served when Southwest acquired it on May 2, 2011, 53 cities are planned to convert to full Southwest Airlines service.

"We are committed to continuing to serve these communities-at first via AirTran, and eventually as Southwest. We know there are Southwest Customers who want access to these cities, but have never before had the opportunity, and the markets have long desired Southwest service," said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President Bob Jordan. "We are excited about the cities we have chosen to keep in our combined network. At the same time, there are some markets that we simply cannot make work in the current fuel environment, so we've had to make the decision to discontinue service in those locations."

Effective Aug. 12, 2012, AirTran Airways will cease operations at the following airports: Allentown, Pa. (ABE); Lexington, Ky. (LEX); Harrisburg, Pa. (MDT); Sarasota, Fla. (SRQ); Huntsville, Ala. (HSV); and White Plains, N.Y. (HPN). AirTran currently operates six daily nonstop flights at Sarasota with 16 Employees. Its Allentown (one daily nonstop flight), Lexington (two daily nonstop flights), Harrisburg (one daily nonstop flight), Huntsville (two daily nonstop flights), and White Plains (three daily nonstop flights) operations are all supported by AirTran's contracted vendor partners.

AirTran Airways will continue to operate at Allentown, Lexington, Harrisburg, Sarasota, Huntsville, and White Plains through Aug. 11, 2012. Ticketed passengers, passengers holding reservations, or passengers desiring to make reservations for flights to or from these airports, have no need to alter their travel plans prior to Aug. 12, 2012.

Both Southwest's and AirTran's priority is to take excellent care of the dedicated Employees, partners, and Customers in these six locations. AirTran Employees at these locations have performed superbly and will have the opportunity to move elsewhere within AirTran, after operations cease on Aug. 12, 2012.

"The airline industry continues to face many challenges, including significantly higher fuel costs," Jordan said. "We must do everything we can to operate efficiently and profitably, align service with Customer demand, and deliver the legendary Customer Service for which both airlines are known."

As of Aug. 12, 2012, Southwest will offer 41 flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), becoming the first jointly served airport to fully convert to Southwest Airlines service. AirTran currently serves the market with one daily flight from SEA to Milwaukee (MKE) and seasonal service to both Atlanta (ATL) and Baltimore/Washington (BWI). Southwest will maintain the MKE, ATL, and BWI routes with direct and connecting service. Southwest and AirTran will announce future jointly served airport conversions as those specific plans are lined up.

Today's announcements will be incorporated into both Southwest's and AirTran's flight schedules that will publish on Jan. 22, 2012, for travel beginning Aug. 12, 2012.

About Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers-offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and has recently acquired AirTran Airways, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest serves 72 cities in 37 states and is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit southwest.com/cares to read the Southwest Airlines One ReportTM. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has more than 37,000 Employees systemwide.

About AirTran Airways
AirTran Airways is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. and has been ranked the top airline in the Airline Quality Rating study twice in the past four years. AirTran offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. The airline's low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, and Business Class on every flight.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding Southwest Airlines' and AirTran Airways' network plans. These statements are based on Southwest's current intent, beliefs, and expectations and are not guarantees of future results. These statements also involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them. Factors include, among others, (i) receipt of necessary governmental approvals and the timing thereof, (ii) the Company's ability to successfully integrate AirTran, (iii) consumer demand and preferences related to the Southwest and AirTran services, and (iv) changes in the Company's overall business plan and strategies.


SOURCE Southwest Airlines

For further information: Southwest Airlines Media Contact, +1-214-792-4847

South Garage Maintenance Advisory

November 28, 2011

RICHMOND, VA (November 28, 2011) - From now through the end of December, the original South Garage at Richmond International Airport (RIC) will be closed to inbound traffic due to scheduled maintenance and repair work. Maintenance activities will include sweeping and power washing interior floors, walls and ceilings, any necessary repairs to floors, ceilings, stairwells, and post-tension cables, and restriping/repainting parking spaces and traffic markings.

Similar maintenance activities in RIC's original North Garage have recently been completed and all parking levels are open to the public.

Due to recent expansions, airport customers will continue to enjoy the convenience of abundant (more than 5,000) parking spaces in the North Garage and North Garage Expansion, South Garage Expansion areas of the decks, as well as the newly-reopened Economy Lot B. When approaching RIC's parking garages, travelers are urged to watch for posted closure/detour signs.

Travelers are reminded that the airport offers a free Cell Phone Waiting Lot to assist with the pickup of arriving customers, as well as free parking in the Hourly section of the garages for stays of less than 60 minutes.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways, Vision Airlines and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations.

CONTACT

Troy Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Richmond International Airport Holiday Travel Tips

November 16, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 16, 2011) - With Thanksgiving signaling the start of the busy holiday travel season, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reminds travelers to plan ahead and allow extra time to ensure a more enjoyable holiday travel experience. We recommend following these simple travel tips for a safe and stress-free travel experience.

Know what 3-1-1 means. When packing your bags, keep in mind TSA's 3-1-1 security measures regarding liquids and gels. Travelers may carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in one, quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag. At the checkpoint travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. Exceptions are made for medications, baby food and breast milk.

Pack smart. When packing your carry-on luggage, consider essentials first. For most travelers, essentials include items they can't live without, such as a purse or wallet, travel documents, medications, laptops, cameras, essential toiletries/makeup, a change of clothes, and any other small electronic device (phone, iPod, e-reader, etc). Please keep in mind TSA's rules for permitted and prohibited items when packing your luggage.

Limit your carry-on baggage. Airlines have been enforcing tighter restrictions on the amount of baggage you can carry on the plane. Generally, one bag that fits under the seat or in the overhead bin and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase, is allowed. Most airlines provide sizing templates at their ticket counters so passengers may verify that carry-on luggage meet sizing requirements.

Gifts and snow globes. Remember not to wrap gifts before you travel. TSA security officers may have to un-wrap a gift if they need to take a closer look inside. This applies to both carry-ons at the security checkpoint and to checked baggage. Please ship wrapped gifts ahead of time or wait until you arrive at your destination to wrap them. Additionally, TSA does not permit snow globes through the security checkpoint because they contain an undetermined amount of liquid. Snow globes are permitted in checked baggage.

Traveling with food. Everyone has favorite foods from home that they want to bring to holiday dinners, or items from their destination that they want to bring back home. Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? TSA provides a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.

Go online. With many airlines you can print boarding passes on their website to skip long waits at the airport. Some airlines also offer text, email or phone notifications regarding your flight so you stay updated on your flight's status.

Remember your ID. Passengers traveling domestically - age 18 and older - are advised to carry a government-issued form of identification at all times. The TSA website contains a full list of ID requirements for airport checkpoints.

Schedule enough wait time. During the busy holiday travel season, RIC recommends all passengers arrive at the airport a minimum of two hours prior to departure, especially on peak travel days, including weekends.

Dress for success. Before you head to the airport, empty your pockets of loose change, wear minimal jewelry, and avoid wearing a belt so you have fewer items to remove for the metal detector. Wear shoes that are easy to slip off and on. And if your travels include someplace cold, try to wear one jacket you can remove easily.

Keep electronics accessible. All electronic items, such as laptops and cell phones, may be subject to additional screening. You will need to remove your laptop from its travel case so that both may be X-rayed separately. You may want to label your laptop to avoid mix-ups when several laptops that look alike move through X-ray machines in succession.

Use line time efficiently. Most likely, no matter when you get to the airport you will have to stand in a security line for some time. While you're waiting, take off your coat and watch, put your phone and loose change in your carry-on, and have your 3-1-1 bag out and ready. This way when you reach the front of the line you can quickly put your items in the bin.

Be polite. Agitated or argumentative passengers are more likely to seem suspicious and may require more screening.

RIC Security checkpoint hours of operation. The normal scheduled hours for security screening checkpoints at RIC is from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Under some circumstances, screening activities may be briefly extended, but departing passengers are advised to expect normal scheduled hours unless an extension is expressly confirmed by the passenger's airline or an authorized TSA representative at RIC. Once screening activities have concluded for the evening, they will not resume until the following morning at 4:30 a.m.

For additional travel tips, visit TSA's website, www.tsa.gov.

Hollowell's "Middle Ground" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

November 1, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 1, 2011) - An exhibition of paintings by Virginia artist Loie Hollowell opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through February 2011.

The paintings presented in Middle Ground are mediations on sleep, created by Hollowell as a coping mechanism to battle her chronic insomnia. Some pieces are realistic depictions of bed sheets, while others seek to envision the ephemeral state of drifting into REM sleep and the intangible dream world.

To achieve the photo-realistic effect in her paintings, Hollowell folds and creases thick, wet denim and then sprays and paints the fabric with an assortment of inks. As the ink spreads throughout the wet fibers, it accumulates in the valleys of the folds. When the denim is dry she flattens and stretches it and adds stitching, fabric, paint, or ink to complete the work.

Hollowell is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a recipient of a 2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways, Vision Airlines and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum's permanent collection encompasses more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation's finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its then 74-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA's Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free and the museum is open 365 days a year. For additional information visit http://www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum 

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Richmond International Airport to Host Business Opportunity Forum

July 8, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 8, 2011) - Richmond International Airport (RIC) will host a Business Opportunity Forum on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Richmond Airport (5501 Eubank Road, Sandston, Virginia), located approximately 1/2 mile from the terminal building.

Participants will learn about business opportunities, procurement procedures and meet with airport purchasing officials and department managers. Lunch will be provided to all attendees. Participants must RSVP by Tuesday, July 12th, to 226-3013 or slinn@flyrichmond.com.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

CONTACT:
Russ Peaden
Director of Real Estate & Facilities/DBE Liaison
rpeaden@flyrichmond.com
 
Download RIC's Business Opportunity Forum flyer for more information.

VMFA's "Faces of Sustainability" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

June 28, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 28, 2011) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia resident Jason Horowitz opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through October 2011.

The photographs are part of a portrait series focusing on people involved in the "green" movement in Arlington, VA. Originally commissioned by Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, the images are simultaneously intensely individual and universally human. Presented larger than life, with a hyper-realistic level of detail, they explore the intersection of portraiture and landscape to examine what is real rather than ideal. At this scale, the direct gaze of the subjects becomes the conduit for looking deeply at oneself and one's community.

Jason Horowitz lives and works in Arlington, VA and is a recipient of a 2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum's permanent collection encompasses more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation's finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its then 74-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA's Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free and the museum is open 365 days a year. For additional information visit http://www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Cruickshanks
(804) 204-2685
elizabeth.cruickshanks@vmfa.museum

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

RIC's March 2011 Aviation Activity Report

Eight Consecutive Months of Passenger Traffic Growth

April 26, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 26, 2011) - At the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond International Airport released the following information for March 2011 aviation activity:

Passenger Traffic: For March 2011, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a 1.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic versus the same month last year (272,654 in 2011 vs. 268,499 in 2010). Passenger enplanements increased 0.8 percent (134,953 vs. 133,828) year over year, while deplanements increased 2.3 percent (137,701 vs. 134,671). For the first nine months of FY2011, total passenger traffic is up 2.0 percent (2,438,861 vs. 2,392,231) compared to the same period a year ago.

Delta Air Lines was the market share leader in March at 30.5 percent, followed by US Airways (23.5 percent) and American (12.9 percent). Four air carriers reported year-over-year growth for the month, including Delta (+15.3 percent), American (+12.3 percent), Air Canada (+8.7 percent) and AirTran (+2.0 percent).

Influencing factors for March passenger traffic included more favorable weather than a year ago, the success of the men's basketball teams from Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond in the NCAA tournament, a substantial rise in energy costs leading to increased ticket prices, and the late arrival of Spring Break and the Easter holiday weekend.

Cargo: Total cargo increased 7.4 percent to 7.64 million pounds (3,463 metric tons) from March 2010. Due to a reporting change by FedEx, a split-out for mail is not available for this period.

Operations: For March, overall aircraft operations increased 9.0 percent versus last year (9,337 vs. 8,565), with general aviation (+28.3 percent), air taxi (+5.5 percent) and air carrier operations (+5.2 percent) reporting year-over-year increases.

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

RIC's March 2011 Aviation Activity Report

VMFA's "Nothing But Blue Skies" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

March 1, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (March 1, 2011) - An exhibition of text panels and related works by Virginia resident Alyssa C. Salomon opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through June 2011.

Salomon is a photographer and sculptor who explores the use of photographs as objects through which we narrate our everyday lives. "We see a blue sky where nothing blue exists - remember, the atmosphere isn't blue at all, but only appears blue to us because of the phenomenon of refraction," said Salomon. "And that blue sky we see is vast and glorious."

Salomon was awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in 2000 and 2009 and has been a four-time fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives and works in Providence Forge, Virginia. For more information about her artwork, visit http://alyssasalomon.com.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum's permanent collection encompasses more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation's finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its then 74-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA's Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free and the museum is open 365 days a year. For additional information visit http://www.vmfa.museum.


CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sarah Pennington
(804) 204-2701
sarah.pennington@vmfa.museum 


Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

RIC's January 2011 Aviation Activity Report

Six Consecutive Months of Passenger Traffic Growth

February 22, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 22, 2011) - At the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond international Airport released the following information for January 2011 aviation activity:

Passenger Traffic: For January 2011, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a 0.4 percent increase in total passenger traffic versus the same month last year (219,255 in 2011 vs. 218,427 in 2010). Passenger enplanements were down 0.2 percent over last year (108,693 in 2011 vs. 108,868 in 2010), and deplanements increased 0.9 percent (110,562 in 2011 vs. 109,559 in 2010). Three major snowstorms affecting origin and destination cities caused eight percent (8%) of January's flights to be cancelled, a total of 368 flights all told.

Delta Air Lines was the market share leader in January with 27.5 percent, followed by US Airways (25.8 percent) and American Airlines (13.7 percent). Five air carriers reported year-over-year growth for the month, including American (14.7%), US Airways (6.5%), AirTran (2.2%), United (1.4%) and Delta (0.9%). For the fiscal year to date, passenger traffic is up 2.2 percent.

Cargo: Total cargo decreased 8.1 percent from the same period a year ago to 6.43 million pounds (2,916 metric tons). Due to a reporting change by FedEx, a split-out for mail is not available for this period.

Operations: For January, overall aircraft operations increased 4.9 percent (8,412 vs. 8,017) versus last year, with military operations (+21.7 percent) and air taxi (+10.2 percent) showing year-over-year increases.

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Delaware North Companies Opens Club Level Grill at Richmond International Airport

Sports bar and restaurant blends touches of sports tradition with technology to create comfortable landing spot for travelers

January 24, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (Jan. 25, 2011) - Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, one of the world's leading airport food and retail providers, has opened the new Club Level Grill in Richmond International Airport. The fast, casual eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located in Concourse B.

The restaurant features an eclectic blend of sports history and 21st-century technology with an array of flat-screen televisions showing local and national sporting events. It is a unique combination of sports history and modern-day amenities such as:

  • Menu books that include trivia on local sports teams;
  • Bar stools that are modified stadium seats from Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards;
  • A common table area to plug in laptops and other electronics; and
  • Sports memorabilia such as mugs representing regional sporting teams.

Menu highlights include classic ballpark corn dogs dipped in a zesty cornmeal batter, deep fried and served with honey mustard dipping sauce; "shut down chicken wings" served mild, turbo-charged hot, or out-of-control comatose; lighter fare such as vegetable wraps, grilled chicken salads and make-your-own omelets; and decadent delights such as deep-fried Twinkies and Milky Way or Snickers bars topped which whipped cream and flavored sauce. A Richmond-area favorite, the "pick an' roll" BBQ pulled pork sandwich, has been reintroduced to the airport at Club Level Grill.

"Delaware North is a global leader in providing hospitality in airports and sporting venues," said Cain Basset, Delaware North's general manager at Richmond International Airport. "The new Club Level Grill will provide delicious takes on some of the traditional and creative foods we offer at arenas and stadiums across the world to travelers stopping at Richmond International Airport."

In the spirit of Delaware North's GreenPath® environmental management system, the Club Level Grill took many steps to be as "green" as possible, including:

  • Using more than 20 percent regionally sourced materials for construction;
  • Utilizing paints and adhesives that have low volatile organic compounds to minimize air pollutants;
  • Implementing sustainably managed and harvested lumber for all the millwork;
  • Recycling 75 percent of construction waste; and
  • Using energy-efficient lighting and Energy Star appliances.
  • In addition, all oil and grease generated from food preparation will be sent to local company Valley Proteins, Inc. that recycles or reuses 100 percent of collected materials, thereby reducing a major contributor to landfills.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the leading hospitality companies in the world, operating in high-profile locations such as Wembley Stadium in London, New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Yosemite National Park and more than 30 airports such as Los Angeles International Airport. In all, the company operates in more than 200 resorts, travel, sports and entertainment destinations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

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CONTACT:
Jesse Baier
Delaware North Companies
(716) 858-5215
jbaier@dncinc.com

Richmond Airport Connector Road Opens

Direct connection links Pocahontas 895 to Richmond International Airport, shortens travel time for many drivers

January 14, 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia (January 14, 2011) - The Richmond Airport Connector Road opened today, offering many southside Richmonders a shorter, more direct route to Richmond International Airport.

The 1.6-mile Airport Connector is an extension of Pocahontas 895 and links directly to Airport Drive at Charles City Road. The new road can save travelers about 10 minutes or more on a trip to the airport - especially those coming from Chesterfield County and the Tri-Cities area.

Customers who use the Airport Connector and pay the toll at the Pocahontas 895 Main Plaza, including those traveling to and from Chesterfield County, do not pay again at the Airport Connector ramps. Only customers using the Airport Connector and traveling between the airport and Interstate 295 will pay $1.25 at the ramp linking the connector to Pocahontas 895. This toll will be collected electronically, with payment made by E-ZPass® or Visa/Mastercard credit or debit cards.

Transurban, the long-term manager that operates and maintains Pocahontas 895, agreed to finance and construct the nearly $50 million Airport Connector Road as part of a public-private partnership with VDOT established in 2006. The project did not require Virginia taxpayer funding and was supported through a loan provided by the federal government and backed by Transurban.

"The Airport Connector Road is a showcase of how the commonwealth can use public-private partnerships to create jobs, improve our transportation network and strengthen our economy," Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said.

Construction put an estimated 450 people to work and engaged more than 50 contractors. Transurban and its partners exceeded all goals to use small, disadvantaged, and women- and minority-owned businesses as subcontractors as part of the construction of the project.

"As a long-term operator, Transurban is always looking at ways to improve service for its customers and work collaboratively with its partners, "said Tony Adams, Transurban's vice president, major projects. "This project will benefit the airport, local travelers and businesses and fulfills a long-term goal of VDOT and Henrico County."

Over the last decade, Richmond International Airport has been one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation. "The Airport Connector is part of a package of projects designed to significantly improve access to the airport, which will ultimately benefit the city of Richmond and prepare it for future growth," said James B. Donati, Jr., Henrico County Board of Supervisors and member of the Capital Region Airport Commission. "More immediately, the Airport Connector project infused money into our local economy, and it will provide more convenient choices for local travelers."

Construction of the new road, designed and built by American Infrastructure - VA, Inc., was completed approximately two months early. The project, which began construction in early 2009, boasted more than 665 days without a lost-time accident - the entire two-year length of the project.

The project includes the placement of historical markers along the road to recognize and provide public access to information about the significance of the region in American history. Transurban has created a new online center - part of the Pocahontas 895 website - to spotlight eastern Henrico County's important Civil War, Native American, Colonial and agricultural history. The website features essays by local historian Dr. Louis Manarin, and images from various sources, including Henrico County's own collections.

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About Pocahontas 895 and Transurban

Pocahontas 895 is an 8.8-mile toll road with an elevated bridge crossing the James River. It is located southeast of Richmond, Va., and links Interstate 95 at Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) with Interstate 295 to create a southeastern bypass of the city. It is the only crossing of the James River for six miles in either direction. With its open road tolling, customers with an E-ZPass® may travel without stopping to pay tolls.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, which planned and constructed Pocahontas 895, formed a public-private partnership with Transurban to operate the road and to build the Airport Connector, a convenient, direct route from Pocahontas 895 to Richmond International Airport.

Transurban is a leading international toll road owner-operator with assets in North America and Australia and more than 5 million customers worldwide.

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For further information:

www.Pocahontas895.com
www.Transurban.com
www.pocahontas895.com/history


CONTACT:
Mary Ellin Arch
804.822.3443
mearch@transurban.com

TSA: Helpful Hints for Holiday Travelers

November 17, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 17, 2010) - Since Thanksgiving typically marks the start of the busiest travel time of the year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to remind passengers of the security procedures in place and help travelers be prepared for security, before they leave home.

Before Packing

  • Quart sized zip top bag (Hint: 1 bag per passenger is permitted)
  • 3 ounces or less sized containers of liquids, gels and aerosols (3-1-1)
  • Visit TSA's website to review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage
  • If purchasing a luggage lock, be sure to look for those that are recognized by TSA (Locks)
  • It can be helpful to tape a card with your name and contact information on any large electronics (like laptops)

When Packing

  • Pack items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.) (Pack For Security)
  • Pack large electronics on top layer of carry-on for easy accessibility
  • Place your 3-1-1 bag with liquids, gels and aerosols in the front pocket of your carry-on for easy accessibility

Before Leaving for Airport

  • Before Entering Checkpoint
  • Make sure to have accepted government issued identification and boarding pass if printed at home (Acceptable Identification)
  • Wear easily removable shoes
  • Give yourself enough time to arrive at airport early (RIC recommends arriving two hours prior to departure, especially during holiday periods)
  • Be sure to place all items from pockets and any bulky metal jewelry in carry-on bag or purse
  • Have ID and boarding pass out for inspection

After Entering Checkpoint

  • Remove 3-1-1 bag and place in bin
  • Remove shoes and place directly on belt for quick screening (Shoes)
  • Remove coats and jackets and place in bin (Outerwear)
  • Remove computers and large electronics from carry on and place in bin alone (video game consoles, remote control toys, etc.) (Large Electronics)
  • Ensure no items remain in your pockets before proceeding to the walk-through metal detector or imaging technology (keys, cell phones, comb, eyeglasses, etc.) (Imaging Technology)
  • Remember to check bins and collect all belongings following screening

For more holiday travel tips, visit www.tsa.gov.

TSA: Guidelines for Traveling with Food or Gifts

November 17, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 17, 2010) - When it comes to bringing items through checkpoints, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has seen just about everything. And as the holiday season approaches, traveling with food or gifts can be an even bigger challenge. Everyone has favorite foods from home that they want to bring to holiday dinners, or items from their destination that they want to bring back home.

Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? Here's a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home.

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Cologne
  • Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
  • Gravy
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Lotions
  • Maple syrup
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Perfume
  • Salad dressing
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Snowglobes
  • Soups
  • Wine, liquor and beer

Note: You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.

Remember! Do not wrap gifts you're taking on the plane. Security officers may have to unwrap gifts if they need to take a closer look. Please ship wrapped gifts ahead of time or wait until your destination to wrap them.

For more information, visit www.tsa.gov.

VMFA's "Subtlety and Truth" Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport

October 12, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 12, 2010) - An exhibition of paintings by Richmond resident Justin Kroman opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through February 2011.

About perception, subtlety and finding truths in moments, Kroman's work is a study of simplification, continually looking at what is left and deleting what is no longer needed. "In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away," said Kroman. "In my newest work the paintings are hardly there at all, they are closer to suggestions of paintings, or even drawings."

Kroman, a 2010 VMFA Fellowship Award recipient, attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he received degrees in both painting and art history. He is currently living in Richmond, earning his Masters in Fine Art in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations. Visit www.flyrichmond.com to learn more.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum's permanent collection encompasses more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation's finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art.

In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 74-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA's Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free. For additional information, please visit www.vmfa.museum.

CONTACTS:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sarah Pennington
(804) 204-2701
sarah.pennington@vmfa.museum 


Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Small Aircraft Landing Incident (UPDATE)

No Injuries, Minor Aircraft Damage; All Runways Open

July 22, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 22, 2010) - At approximately 2:00PM EDT, a small single-engine aircraft, a Beechcraft BE35, landed at RIC on Runway 2 with an issue that apparently led to the landing gear becoming disengaged.  With the collapsed landing gear, the aircraft skidded 584' before coming to a rest just off the side of the runway.

One person – the pilot – was onboard and did not sustain injuries. Per the Virginia State Police, he has been identified as John J. Peedin of Littleton, NC. The aircraft itself sustained relatively minor damage and has been relocated away from movement areas at the field.

RWY 2/20 has been inspected and reopened as of 6:00PM EDT, meaning all three runways at RIC are again fully operational.

First responders included RIC Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF), Richmond Airport Police, Virginia State Police & FAA Flight Standards personnel.

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CONTACTS:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Public Information Officer
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar
Public Information Officer
Virginia State Police
(804) 553-3494
thomas.molnar@vsp.virginia.gov

USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Opens Center at Richmond International Airport

July 2, 2010

USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Opens Center at Richmond International Airport

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 2, 2010) - Due to the current and planned significant increases in military population and the large number of military personnel being trained at the specialized schools operating at Fort Lee, there is a clear demand for USO programs and services. A USO Welcome Center is now available for the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families at Richmond International Airport. Modeled on other airport centers, the new center will offer:

  • Information and Referral- The link between traveling military members and their families, providing accurate, up to date information about the local community.
  • Family Outreach- The primary source of emergency assistance for travelers in need of lodging, transportation or food until appropriate military or community services are identified. The center will also offer Military Family support groups a place to host meetings and activities to better serve and inform the military community. (Partnerships are anticipated with local veteran organizations such as the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Wounded Warrior Chapters to provide information and assistance.)
  • Quality of Life- A "home away from home" providing on site computer services, food and beverages, library services (books/magazines/newspaper/ video games), toiletries, communication and children's needs.

The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia will have the grand opening for its tenth welcome center, located at Richmond International Airport (RIC), on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 6pm. State and local elected officials and Army officials are expected to be on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

It is the mission of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities.

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About the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is a non-governmental, non-profit 501c(3) organization that depends on corporate and individual support to fund its programs and services. While it is affiliated with USO World, it receives no funding from World headquarters. In order to maintain our centers and provide our programs, it is imperative that we maintain a strong sponsor relationship with our local business and civic organizations. We also rely heavily on individual contributions and volunteers from our very supportive local communities. Proud supporters of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia include: USA Discounters , LTD Management Company, LLC, Altria, Richmond International Airport/Capital Region Airport Commission, Panera Bread, Cobb Technologies, Napier Realtors ERA, Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Cox Media Group- Richmond, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ryan Homes, Delaware North Companies, Universal Leaf and Tobacco, Bank of America, Sandston Rotary Club, Mechanicsville VFW, and AUSA-Ft. Lee.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations.


CONTACT:

Kyle Corbus
USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
(757) 289-5929
kyle@usohr.org

OR

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Delta Air Lines Launches New Nonstop Richmond-Minneapolis/St. Paul Flights

June 10, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 10, 2010) - Starting today, Delta Air Lines offers new nonstop service between Richmond (RIC) and its Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) hub. The once-daily flight is operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines on 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft, which features First Class and Economy seating.

Delta's flight schedule between Richmond and Minneapolis/St. Paul:

Departs
Time      
Arrives
Time
Frequency
Richmond
6:20 am 
Minneapolis/St. Paul
8:10 am
Daily
Minneapolis/St. Paul
7:15 pm
Richmond
10:45 pm
Daily

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 358 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France KLM. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 16,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 45 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at www.delta.com.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations.

CONTACT:

Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Airport Safety and the Feral Cat Population: Update

With Community Support, All Feral Cats from RIC Found Adoptive Homes

June 3, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 3, 2010) - Adoptive homes have been found for all ten of the feral cats that were turned over by Richmond International Airport to Henrico County Animal Control. County officials say that with the help of community groups, there was a significant response from area citizens who were interested in adopting the cats.

The growth of the feral cat population this spring became a safety issue as the cats were more frequently found wandering roadways, public parking facilities, taxiways and aircraft movement areas. An additional safety concern developed when citizens violated no trespassing laws by coming onto airport property to feed the cats. As a result, airport staff brought the cats to Animal Control to eliminate the safety risk of the unmanaged cat population on airport property.

The airport is grateful to the citizens who adopted the cats, and the airport will continue its efforts to prevent a large feral cat population from returning to the property.

Airport Safety and the Feral Cat Population

May 19, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (May 19, 2010) - During the past several weeks, Richmond International Airport has been confronted with the problem of a rapidly growing and unmanaged feral cat population on airport property. Unfortunately, the feral cats have been found on the airfield, including runways and loading areas, and have been injured or killed on roadways and parking lots. This clearly poses an airport safety hazard, both for the public and for the cats.

In coordination with the USDA, we have recently conducted removal operations of the feral cats and turned them over to Henrico County animal control. It is our hope that animal control, with the support of community organizations, can find suitable homes for the cats.

Members of the community have offered to manage the feral cat population by trapping, neutering, returning them to the airport property, and engaging volunteers to feed them. We empathize with their well-meaning concerns about animal welfare, but we respectfully disagree with them and cannot allow this approach to occur. It does not eliminate the safety risk of an unmanaged cat population roaming airport property - particularly roadways and aircraft movement areas - and it runs counter to safety laws that prohibit citizens from trespassing on airport property outside of the public facilities in and around the terminal and parking areas.

We have additionally undertaken preventative efforts to ensure that a large feral cat population does not return to airport property. This includes discouraging public feeding and other human intervention with unmanaged animals on airport grounds.

Larger, Better-Located Center Will Serve Richmond Region Visitors

March 31, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (March 31, 2010) - The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB) is pleased to announce the opening of its relocated and revamped Visitor Center at Richmond International Airport (RIC). Now centrally located in the arriving baggage claim area, the new location offers better visibility of the Visitor Center to arriving passengers as they exit the escalator to collect their bags or arrange for ground transportation.

The new Visitor Center is equipped with a four-panel flat-screen display that provides visitors important Richmond Region information. RMCVB news, welcome messages to groups, and weather and breaking news will stream continuously on nearly 50 total sq. ft. of screen. Increased brochure display space will allow for more attractions and restaurants to share content.

"The new and improved Visitor Center opened in mid-March, and since then we have seen a definite increase in traveler inquiries," said RMCVB President and CEO Jack Berry. "We look forward to continuing to provide visitors with top-notch service and hospitality so that every person who flies into Richmond International Airport has an exceptional experience in our exceptional Region."

"Richmond International Airport (RIC) envisions a more visible Visitor Center as a gateway opportunity to promote the many outstanding attributes of the Greater Richmond Region," said airport president & CEO Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE. "The region is well-positioned for continued growth in visitation due to a competitive air fare environment with eight major air carrier groups providing service to RIC, a remarkably upgraded portfolio of affordable hotel options, and the tireless efforts of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB)."

The Visitor Center serves to assist airline travelers upon their arrival in Richmond. Experienced RMCVB travel counselors are on hand seven days a week to assist visitors by answering general questions, giving directions, making hotel reservations and offering travel, dining and entertainment tips about the Historic Richmond Region. The Center's shelves are stocked with Richmond Region Visitors Guides and promotional materials for the Region's more than 70 attractions.

The new and improved Visitor Center at RIC is one of three Visitor Centers operated and staffed by RMCVB. Other locations include the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover County.

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The Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (RMCVB), the official destination marketing and tourism organization for the Richmond Region, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Region to meeting planners, tour operators and leisure travelers.

More than 5.7 million people visit the Richmond Region annually, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the local economy. Tourism generates more than 26,000 jobs in the Richmond Region. For more information, visit www.VisitRichmondVA.com.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers more than 180 daily, non-stop flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their regional affiliates to 19 domestic and international destinations.

CONTACT:

Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
Erin Bagnell
804-783-7411
ebagnell@richmondva.org

OR

Richmond International Airport
Troy Bell
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

RMCVB Opens Expanded Richmond Region Visitor Center at Richmond International Airport

Larger, Better-Located Center Will Serve Richmond Region Visitors

March 31, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (March 31, 2010) - The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB) is pleased to announce the opening of its relocated and revamped Visitor Center at Richmond International Airport (RIC). Now centrally located in the arriving baggage claim area, the new location offers better visibility of the Visitor Center to arriving passengers as they exit the escalator to collect their bags or arrange for ground transportation.

The new Visitor Center is equipped with a four-panel flat-screen display that provides visitors important Richmond Region information. RMCVB news, welcome messages to groups, and weather and breaking news will stream continuously on nearly 50 total sq. ft. of screen. Increased brochure display space will allow for more attractions and restaurants to share content.

"The new and improved Visitor Center opened in mid-March, and since then we have seen a definite increase in traveler inquiries," said RMCVB President and CEO Jack Berry. "We look forward to continuing to provide visitors with top-notch service and hospitality so that every person who flies into Richmond International Airport has an exceptional experience in our exceptional Region."

"Richmond International Airport (RIC) envisions a more visible Visitor Center as a gateway opportunity to promote the many outstanding attributes of the Greater Richmond Region," said airport president & CEO Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE. "The region is well-positioned for continued growth in visitation due to a competitive air fare environment with eight major air carrier groups providing service to RIC, a remarkably upgraded portfolio of affordable hotel options, and the tireless efforts of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB)."

The Visitor Center serves to assist airline travelers upon their arrival in Richmond. Experienced RMCVB travel counselors are on hand seven days a week to assist visitors by answering general questions, giving directions, making hotel reservations and offering travel, dining and entertainment tips about the Historic Richmond Region. The Center's shelves are stocked with Richmond Region Visitors Guides and promotional materials for the Region's more than 70 attractions.

The new and improved Visitor Center at RIC is one of three Visitor Centers operated and staffed by RMCVB. Other locations include the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover County.

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The Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (RMCVB), the official destination marketing and tourism organization for the Richmond Region, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Region to meeting planners, tour operators and leisure travelers.

More than 5.7 million people visit the Richmond Region annually, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the local economy. Tourism generates more than 26,000 jobs in the Richmond Region. For more information, visit www.VisitRichmondVA.com.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers more than 180 daily, non-stop flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their regional affiliates to 19 domestic and international destinations.

CONTACT:

Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
Erin Bagnell
804-783-7411
ebagnell@richmondva.org

OR

Richmond International Airport
Troy Bell
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

VMFA's "New Light & Rust: Michael Clark and Erling Sjovold" Opens at Richmond International Airport

Art Exhibit on Display Until June 2010

February 16, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 16, 2010) - In this exhibition, Michael Clark (American, born 1965) and Erling Sjovold (American, born 1961) use their work to convey a sense of place - by underscoring the commonplace and by the use of memory and myth.

Sjovold sets out to describe his idea of place through the use of light and color, but the finished result is essentially a paradox in that it conveys more mystery than clarity.

Clark seeks to capture the beauty in things that are marginal, abandoned, or ruined, transforming mundane industrial elements into unexpected landmarks.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers more than 180 daily, non-stop flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their regional affiliates to 19 domestic and international destinations.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts holdings include some 20,000 treasures spanning more than 5,000 years. VMFA outreach programs through partner organizations across Virginia include traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, media resources, and lectures. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit the museum online at www.vmfa.museum.

ERLING SJOVOLD
(All works are in oil on canvas and are from the collection of the artist)

  1. Morning II- Matt's Tree, 2007
  2. Dusk II- Nest, 2007
  3. Western: Carolina Wrens (Morning), 2006
  4. Western: Boulevard (Noon), 2006
  5. Western: Perch and Falls (Night), 2006
  6. Stunt Double, 2008

MICHAEL CLARK
(All works are in mixed media and are from the collection of the artist)

  1. Untitled, 2009
  2. Untitled, 2009
  3. Untitled, 2009
  4. Untitled, 2009
  5. Untitled, 2009
  6. Untitled, 2009
  7. Untitled, 2009
  8. Untitled, 2009

Additional information is available at http://mediaroom.vmfa.museum/newlight.htm


CONTACT

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sarah Pennington
(804) 204-2701
sarah.pennington@vmfa.museum

OR

Richmond International Airport
Troy Bell
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

TSA Guidance for Passengers Following Dec. 25 Incident

December 28, 2009

RICHMOND, Virginia (December 28, 2009) - On Dec. 25, 2009, an individual on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 set off a device and was subdued by passengers and crew.

As a result of this incident, TSA has worked with airline and law enforcement authorities, as well as federal, state, local, and international partners to put additional security measures in place to ensure aviation security remains strong. Passengers traveling domestically and internationally to U.S. destinations may notice additional screening measures.

Q: What additional security measures is TSA taking domestically?
A: TSA has a layered approach to security that allows us to surge resources as needed on a daily basis. We have the ability to quickly implement additional screening measures including explosive detection canine teams, law enforcement officers, gate screening, behavior detection and other measures both seen and unseen. Passengers should not expect to see the same thing at every airport.

Q: What additional security measures are being taken for international flights to U.S. destinations?
A: TSA issued a directive for additional security measures to be implemented for last point of departure international flights to the United States. Passengers flying into the United States from abroad can expect to see additional security measures at international airports such as increased gate screening including pat-downs and bag searches. During flight, passengers will be asked to follow flight crew instructions, such as stowing personal items, turning off electronic equipment and remaining seated during certain portions of the flight.

Q: Do passengers need to do anything differently to prepare for checkpoint security procedures? Has anything changed in terms of what passengers can bring in their carry-on or checked bags?
A: At this time, security checkpoint requirements for passengers departing U.S. airports remain the same. Passengers do not need to do anything differently, but they may notice additional security measures at the airport.

Q: Should passengers plan to arrive at airports earlier than normal?
A: Passengers traveling within the United States should give themselves extra time to check in and proceed through the security checkpoint before their flight, especially during the busy holiday travel season. TSA advises that passengers traveling on international flights to U.S. destinations allow extra time for security and arrive an additional hour earlier.

Q. How long will these measures remain in place?
A: TSA will continuously review these measures to ensure the highest levels of security.

Visit TSA's web site for the most up-to-date information about these and other security guidelines.


CONTACT:
Capital Region Airport Commission
Troy M. Bell, CM
Director - Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Cantor, Scott, Forbes to TSA: Pay Richmond Airport Back

Congressmen Send Letter to TSA Urging Reimbursement for Installation of Baggage Security System 5 Years Ago

December 17, 2009

RICHMOND, Virginia (December 17, 2009) - Congressmen Eric Cantor (VA-07), Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), and J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), sent a letter yesterday to Gale D. Rossides, Acting Assistant Secretary, Transportation Security Administration, requesting reimbursement to the Capitol Region Airport Commission for the installation of the TSA's explosive detection system at the Richmond International Airport (RIC). In addition, the Congressmen are asking to be briefed by the TSA on the status of its reimbursement program and timeframe for paying back RIC. This is not the first request made to the TSA requesting reimbursement by members of the Virginia Congressional Delegation.

Cantor and Scott made the following comments:

"The Richmond International Airport plays a vital role to the Greater Richmond economy," said Cantor. "RIC took it on good faith that the TSA would be true to their word and reimburse RIC for their investment in a state-of-the-art baggage security system. Five years later, that pledge has not been met. It's time that the TSA pay back Richmond Airport."

"Richmond International is long overdue for a reimbursement from the TSA for federally mandated improvements the airport incorporated in its improvement plans. Congress has authorized the TSA to provide this reimbursement. I will continue to work with my colleagues that represent the Richmond area in Congress to ensure that Richmond International finally gets this reimbursement," concluded Scott.

For more information visit http://republicanwhip.house.gov/newsroom/seven/cantor-scott-forbes-to-tsa-pay-richmond-airport-back.html.
 
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Download the full letter to TSA from Congressmen Cantor, Scott and Forbes

VMFA's "Postcards from the Real" Opens October 23 at Richmond International Airport

October 23, 2009

RICHMOND, Virginia (October 23, 2009) - "Postcards from the Real," an exhibition of paintings by Virginia artist Josephine Haden, opens today at Richmond International Airport. The show will be on view through Feb. 15.

Haden lives in Arlington, Va., and was the winner of a 2009 VMFA Fellowship. Her paintings are included in public and private collections in the U.S. and France, including the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Ark.

"The magic moment is to finish a piece and like what you see," says Haden. "Starting with landscapes, I found myself creating mysterious and distant places that hovered on the edge of reality," Haden says. "Filling the canvas with lush vegetation and dense forests, I played with scale and space while relying on a base ground of gestural abstraction."

She calls her latest series of works "Globalization," meaning that everything is fair game when she composes a painting, and she says she "beams them in" from some other place, from some other story or scene. "My intention is to create delight and intrigue."

Critic Donald Kuspit calls Haden an "eloquent" painter and a realist of sorts. "I say ‘of sorts' because there's an aura of eeriness to her reality, however precisely (always precisely) rendered - but her images are also abstract, which no doubt adds to their uncanniness." Kuspit is the distinguished professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and professor of art history at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Earth, sky and water dominate Haden's vast, open landscapes that are populated with evocative figures and objects from contemporary culture - an impossibly blue lagoon surrounded by wildlife, people relaxing, a motorcyclist and a vivid rainbow; a man holding his left hand up as if to say "stop" to six galloping horses, and in the distance a cowboy, a Native American and a totem pole; a mounted man, executed in black-and-white, pictured along a stream with colorful horses and a wolf, while an automobile heads toward them from a distance.

Haden studied art and art history as an undergraduate at Georgetown University and earned a master's degree in art history from George Washington University. Both schools are in the District of Columbia.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. For additional information about exhibitions and programs, telephone (804) 340-1400 or visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Web site, www.vmfa.museum.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers more than 180 daily, non-stop flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and their regional affiliates to 19 domestic and international destinations.


CONTACT:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Suzanne Hall
(804) 204-2704
suzanne.hall@vmfa.museum

OR

Richmond International Airport
Troy Bell
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Capital Region Airport Commission Reports July 2009 Passenger Traffic for Richmond International Airport, Favorable USDOT Fare Findings

Airport's Traffic Decline Slimmest of 2009, USDOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) 1st-Quarter 2009 Air Fare Data Shows Domestic Decreases at RIC Among Nation's Largest

August 25, 2009

Richmond International Airport, VA - August 25, 2009

News Facts:

  • At the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond International Airport (RIC) today released passenger traffic data for July 2009. Total passenger traffic decreased 1.8% versus the same month a year ago, with the airport reporting 308,984 passengers (compared to 314,521 in July 2008).
  • US Airways was the airport's market share leader for the month, with 24.0% of passenger traffic, followed by Delta Air Lines at 22.8%. American Airlines, AirTran Airways, and JetBlue Airways rounded out the top five at RIC in July. Four air carriers, led by JetBlue (+14.2%), reported passenger traffic growth for the month.
  • The USDOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported that domestic air fares dropped 9.1% in the first quarter of 2009 from the fourth quarter of 2008, the biggest quarter-to-quarter drop on record.
  • According to the BTS, among the top 100 airports, Richmond (RIC) had the 3rd-largest average domestic fare decrease, with 1st-quarter 2009 fares down 16.6% vs. 1st-quarter 2008 (Cincinnati reported the greatest decrease, -16.8%, for the same period).
  • A separate measure of fares, the BTS's Air Travel Price Index (ATPI), showed RIC had the largest year-over-year decrease, -14.5%, among the US's top air travel markets. Notably, RIC was ranked as the top ATPI market for decreases from the 1st-quarter 1995 to the 1st-quarter 2009 with a fare decrease of 9.6%.
  • For 1Q2009, the average roundtrip fare from RIC, $302.07, was below the national average of $314.94.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "The USDOT's reports show the value of heightened competition for an air travel marketplace," said Kim Scheeler, CEO of the Greater Richmond Chamber. "Via the Chamber's Air Service Task Force and Chamber membership at large, we have worked overtime to support all airlines - including newer entrants like AirTran and JetBlue - that have made an investment in the Greater Richmond Region."
  • "As we work with companies across the country and around the globe that could someday call the region home, we love being able to tell our story," said Greg Wingfield, President of the Greater Richmond Partnership, "including the evolution of Richmond International Airport. The terminal complex is totally transformed into a modern, attractive facility and air fares are ‘on par' or lower than average domestic fares."
  • "With tireless support from the region's business community, increased airline options have yielded better fares for all RIC travelers," said Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE, President and CEO of Richmond International Airport. "Moreover, the Capital Region Airport Commission has made every effort to offer one of America's most convenient airports, from the highway to the jetway, and to honor a commitment to keep costs, rates and charges competitive for our air carrier partners."

Supporting Resources:

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region. For more information about RIC, please visit our Web site at www.flyrichmond.com.


CONTACT:

Capital Region Airport Commission
Troy M. Bell, CM
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

"My Italy" Photographs by Norfolk's Glen McClure to be on View in VMFA Exhibit at Richmond International Airport

June 15, 2009

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 15, 2009) - Glen McClure's photography exhibition "My Italy" offers a personal interpretation of a country he has visited many times.

The exhibition of the Norfolk artist's images opens June 15, at Richmond International Airport and is on view through Oct. 13, in a continuation of a collaboration between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Capital Region Airport Commission.

"My Italy" comprises 19 color and black-and-white images taken between 2005 and 2007 that reflect the otherworldliness and timelessness McClure says he sees in Italy's people and places.

"I am always struck with the patina and textures of the surfaces," McClure says, "whether it be on a wall, a hill or a face."

Images in the show range from one in black-and-white of a small boy on a scooter on an older street to another of a gondola in blazing colors under a raking sun.

McClure, who was born in 1954, has concentrated on landscapes for many years and has produced series of panoramic works from the United States, Ireland and Italy. He focuses on images that evoke the universal and the individual. "I went to both countries expressly for the subject matter, the landscapes and the people," he explained. "Ireland was stark lines, all moody and misty, while Italy was just the opposite with light and old textures and patterns," he said in an interview with The Virginian-Pilot in March.

In 1996 and again in 2000, he was represented in the "Photography Annual" exhibition sponsored by Communication Arts magazine. He has participated in exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Visual Arts Center in Richmond. His work is also included in collections at Capital One, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, and the Polaroid Collection in Massachusetts.

He has always known, he says, that he wanted to be a photographer. In his early 20s, he wrote to every photographer and studio in the Norfolk Yellow Pages: "I don't know a thing, but I want to learn to be a photographer. I'm willing to do anything, including sweeping the floor."

The Studio Center in Norfolk hired him as a photographer's assistant. He later became the in-house photographer at Arthur Polizos Associates public relations agency.

He cites two photographers as his primary influences - Czechoslovakia's Josef Sudek and America's Paul Strand. From Sudek he says he learned that the mundane is a valuable as the exotic, and from Strand he learned respect for traditional, timeless techniques. "My best work," McClure says, "appears as if I weren't there."

Additional information is available at www.vmfa.museum/mcclure_italy.html.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers 200 daily, non-stop flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to 20 domestic and international destinations.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. For additional information about exhibitions and programs, telephone (804) 340-1400 or visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Web site, www.vmfa.museum.

CONTACT:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Suzanne Hall
(804) 204-2704
suzanne.hall@vmfa.museum

OR

Capital Region Airport Commission
Troy Bell
(804) 226-3022
tbell@flyrichmond.com

Richmond International Airport and VMFA Partner for "Art at the Airport" Project

March 5, 2009

RICHMOND, Virginia (March 5, 2009) - An exhibition opening today of photographs made primarily in national parks and forests will inaugurate a collaboration between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Capital Regional Airport Commission.

Eight display cases in the baggage-claim area at Richmond International Airport are showcasing exhibits of work by Virginia artists. Exhibitions will change every four months and feature artists working in a variety of media.

The program will expand with the installation of special display cases in the airport's upper level that will showcase works of art in conjunction with major exhibitions that VMFA will present in its new wing, opening next year.

"Richmond International Airport is one of the main gateways to Richmond and Virginia," says Alex Nyerges, VMFA's director. "So showcasing the incredible art and artists of the commonwealth in this setting is a marvelous opportunity to introduce visitors to the great cultural riches the state has to offer. When the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opens its transformative expansion in the spring of 2010, it will be another compelling reason to make Richmond a destination."

Airport president and CEO Jon E. Mathiasen says, "Richmond International Airport fully embraces the enhancement of the travel experience for our customers, and I cannot imagine a better partner than the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. About 3.5 million travelers pass through RIC per year, and they will soon have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best art the Commonwealth of Virginia has to offer."

The first display, "This Land is Our Land," is an exhibition of 12 photographs by Virginia artist Hullihen Williams Moore. It will be on view through June 15.

Moore (born 1942) makes his home in Richmond. The photographs in the exhibition were taken in and around Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest and Jefferson National Forest in Virginia; Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument in California; and Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Moore's pigment prints range from grand vistas and waterfalls to the delicate unfurling of new ferns.

Moore will discuss his work in a lecture and gallery talk March 21 at 2 p.m. in VMFA's Pauley Center. In addition, VMFA's Paul Mellon Educator, Jeffrey Allison, will present a talk titled "A Land Unbound: The American Landscape Tradition in Photography" April 15 at 6 p.m. in the Pauley Center. Tickets to either talk are available for $8 (members, students $5) at the museum or by telephoning (804) 340-1405.

The museum will also present a free program, "How ... are traditional photographic techniques still alive and well?" with VMFA Studio School instructors Bob Greene and Peter Giebel March 20 at noon. Those who wish to attend should meet at the VMFA Studio School.

Another show of photographs by Moore is on view now at VMFA's Pauley Center. "Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park," which will be shown through May 31, presents lush yet precise photographs of a very specific place in the southern Appalachian mountains of Virginia.

"Shenandoah is indeed the refuge it was meant to be: a protected, special and beautiful place," Moore says.

The second exhibition at the Richmond airport will feature photographs of Italy by Norfolk photographer Glen McClure. It will be on view beginning in June. McClure will discuss his work in a lecture June 13 at 2 p.m. in VMFA's Pauley Center. Tickets are $8 (members, students $5) at the museum or by telephoning (804) 340-1405. Both McClure and Moore have contributed to VMFA's statewide traveling-exhibition program.

Subsequent exhibitions at the airport will showcase works by winners of VMFA's annual Fellowship awards, which benefit professional and student artists from Virginia. Founded 69 years ago, the Fellowship program has awarded grants to more than 1,069 Virginia artists.

Further opportunities for VMFA-RIC collaboration are under review, including the possibility of large-scale installation pieces in the airport's new soaring terminal.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. For additional information about exhibitions and programs, telephone (804) 340-1400 or visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Web site, http://www.vmfa.museum/.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region, and offers 200 daily non-stop flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to 20 domestic and international destinations.

[Note: high-resolution images of the "This Land is Our Land" exhibit are available on the VMFA web at www.vmfa.mediaroom.state.va.us/airport.htm.]

CONTACT:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Suzanne Hall
(804) 204-2704
suzanne.hall@vmfa.museum

OR

Capital Region Airport Commission
Troy Bell
(804) 226-3022
TBell@flyrichmond.com

RIC Reports Nearly 3.5 Million Travelers in 2008

Second Best Year for Passenger Traffic at Richmond International Airport

January 27, 2009

Richmond International Airport, VA, January 27, 2009:  Richmond International Airport reports that 3,490,356 passengers utilized the airport in 2008, a 4 percent decrease from the calendar year record of 3,634,544 established in 2007.  Despite the decrease, the 2008 count represents the second-highest annual total in the airport's 80-year history.

For the month of December, total passenger traffic fell 1.7 percent compared to the same period a year ago (278,062 in 2008 vs. 282,802 in 2007), with enplanements down 1.6 percent (141,878 in 2008 vs. 144,156 in 2007) and deplanements down 1.8 percent (136,184 in 2008 vs. 138,646 in 2007).

In 2008, airline market shares in descending order: Delta (24.6 percent), US Airways (23.3 percent), American (10.8 percent), AirTran (10.3 percent), United (9.4 percent), JetBlue (8.2 percent), Continental (7.4 percent), Northwest (4.5 percent), and Air Canada (0.4 percent).

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia’s Capital Region, and offers 200 daily non-stop flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to 20 domestic and international destinations.


For Information:
Troy M. Bell, CM
Director - Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
Richmond International Airport
Phone:  (804) 226-3022
E-mail:  tbell@flyrichmond.com

Economic Impact Study

November 17, 2008

Richmond International Airport (RIC), the gateway to Virginia's Capital Region, plays a vital role in the Central Virginia regional economy. RIC and its tenants contribute annual sales of more than $800 million to the local economy based on the measurable benefits of airport operations, business efficiencies, visitor spending, and their associated ripple effects. The airport also plays an important role in attracting economic development and supporting world-class business operations.

Download a PDF version of the full report, created by Chmura Economics & Analytics of Richmond.

Richmond Lands New Air Service! JetBlue Begins Nonstop Service to Orlando, Florida

Now offering four nonstop destinations from Richmond; Low fares start at just $69 each way.

October 30, 2008

RICHMOND (October 30, 2008) - Customer-friendly JetBlue Airways this weekend expands its popular service from Richmond International Airport with the launch of the daily nonstop service to Orlando, Florida. JetBlue's first arrival from the "Vacation Capital of the World" is scheduled to touch down at RIC at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, while the first southbound flight takes off from RIC for Orlando at 11:50 a.m.

Fares between Richmond and Orlando start at just $69 each way for off-peak travel and always include unlimited free snacks and drinks plus JetBlue's award-winning inflight entertainment system, boasting 36 channels of free DIRECTV® programming and more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio® at every seat - the most free live entertainment options of any airline.

Orlando is JetBlue's fourth low-fare route from Richmond. The airline also jets daily to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and New York (JFK). All service from Richmond is operated aboard JetBlue's new EMBRAER 190 aircraft, a quiet, fuel-efficient, and full-size 100-seat jet that offers travelers all of JetBlue's signature entertainments options plus comfy leather seats (either an aisle or window, with no middle seat!), lots of legroom, and JetBlue's acclaimed customer service.

JetBlue's new service between Richmond and Orlando:

Richmond (RIC) to
Orlando (MCO) Orlando (MCO) to
Richmond (RIC)
Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive
11:50 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
(eff. Nov. 2, 2008) 9:25 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
(eff. Nov 2, 2008)

 

 

"All of us at JetBlue are thrilled to be expanding at Richmond International Airport by adding nonstop service to our most-requested destination," said Jim Fuoco, JetBlue's Manager of Route Planning. "We look forward to welcoming you aboard the only airline that offers free seatback TVs, generous name-brand snacks, and award-winning customer service on all departures from Richmond. Whether you're headed to Boston, New York, Florida, or any of JetBlue's 50+ cities, we know you'll enjoy the experience as much as the destination."

About JetBlue Airways
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 51 cities with 500 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.

# # #

Source: JetBlue Corporate Communications

CONTACT:
JetBlue Reservations
(800) JET-BLUE (538-2583)
http://www.jetblue.com

RIC Reports FY08 Passenger Traffic Up 4.6% to 3.63 Million

Passenger Traffic Tops Previous Fiscal Year Record Despite Industry Challenges of Record-High Energy Costs and Economic Uncertainty

July 29, 2008

Richmond International Airport, VA., (July 29, 2008): Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports total passenger traffic for Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) surpassed the previous record set last year as 3.63 million travelers used the airport during the July 2007 through June 2008 period, up 4.6 percent over FY07's 3.47 million.

"We continue to see the considerable resiliency of the local economy," notes Capital Region Airport Commission President and CEO Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE. "While increased energy costs will continue to influence air service options across the country, the region's notable representation of Fortune 1000 corporate headquarters sites, more than 35,000 small businesses, the significant presence of state and local governments, and growth examples such as the expansion of nearby Fort Lee provide a certain amount of insulation for Virginia's Capital Region."

Additionally, for FY08, total cargo (freight and mail) decreased 2.4 percent to 114.5 million pounds handled, and airfield operations increased 8.0 percent, with strong growth for air carrier and general aviation segments.

For the month of June, passenger traffic decreased 5.0 percent to 319,530 from last year's all-time record. While a portion of the drop can be attributed to the loss of service from now-defunct Skybus Airlines, general economic uncertainty and fare changes related to record-high energy costs facing commercial aviation certainly contributed, as well.

In June, three airlines saw substantial passenger growth: AirTran (+13.9%), Continental and Northwest (each +10.9%), while US Airways claimed the largest share of passenger traffic at 23.8 percent, closely followed by Delta at 22.4 percent.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region, and offers about 190 daily nonstop flights on Air Canada, AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, United, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates between Richmond and more than 20 domestic and international destinations.

For Information:
Troy M. Bell, CM
Director - Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
Richmond International Airport
Phone: (804) 226-3022
E-mail: tbell@flyrichmond.com

JetBlue Adds Richmond to Orlando Nonstop Service

Now offering four nonstop destinations from Richmond - Fares start at just $89(a) each way

July 14, 2008

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 14, 2008) - JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announces an expansion at Richmond International Airport with the addition of daily nonstop service to Orlando, Fla., beginning November 2. Fares for travel between the capital of Virginia and the "Vacation Capital of the World" - complete with unlimited free snacks, the most legroom in coach(b), and the most free live entertainment options of any airline - start at just $89(a) each way for travel through December 15, 2008.

Customer-friendly JetBlue will offer one daily flight between Richmond and Orlando, complementing its popular service from Richmond to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and New York. No matter their destination, customers jetting with JetBlue from Richmond travel in style aboard the airline's EMBRAER 190, a full-size 100-seat jet which features a spacious cabin with all-leather seats in a 2 x 2 configuration - no middle seat - plus 36 channels of free DIRECTV® programming and more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio® at every seat.

JetBlue's new service between Richmond and Orlando: "Residents of the Commonwealth, both here in the Capital Region and in northern Virginia -- where we serve Dulles International Airport -- have embraced and supported JetBlue's distinctive brand of service ever since we first touched down in the region," said Scott Laurence, JetBlue's Director of Route Planning. "Our loyal customers have asked for nonstop service to more destinations, and we are pleased to offer it as our airline continues to prudently deploy aircraft into promising new markets."

JetBlue's new service between Richmond and Orlando:

Richmond, VA (RIC) to Orlando, FLA (MCO)
Depart: 11:55 a.m.
Arrive: 1:50 pm.
(effective November 2, 2008)

Orlando, FLA (MCO) to Richmond, VA (RIC)
Depart: 9:30 a.m.
Arrive: 11:20 a.m.
(effective November 2, 2008)

"Residents of the Commonwealth, both here in the Capital Region and in northern Virginia -- where we
serve Dulles International Airport -- have embraced and supported JetBlue's distinctive brand of service
ever since we first touched down in the region," said Scott Laurence, JetBlue's Director of Route
Planning. "Our loyal customers have asked for nonstop service to more destinations, and we are pleased to offer it as our airline continues to prudently deploy aircraft into promsing new markets."

About JetBlue Airways
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 53 cities with 600 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.

(a) All fares are subject to change without notice. Fares are only available for flights booked at jetblue.com. Travel costs $15 more per person if purchased by telephone or at an airport or city ticket office. Fares require up to a 14•day advance purchase. Travel must be booked by July 28, 2008, 11:59 PM MT. Travel must take place between November 2, 2008 and December 15, 2008. Travel must be completed by December 15, 2008. Travel must take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Saturday. Fares may not be available on all days or on all flights. Fares are most often found on midweek travel dates. All fares must be purchased at time of reservation, and are one-way, nonrefundable, and nontransferable. Cancellations and changes can be made prior to scheduled departure for $100 per person at 1-800-JETBLUE or at jetblue.com, with applicable fare adjustment. Cancellations are for a JetBlue travel credit only, which is valid for one year. If a reservation is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with the reservation is forfeited. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.50 per domestic segment. All taxes and fees must be paid at the time of purchase. JetBlue reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without proper documentation. A second bag fee of $20 applies. DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights outside the continental United States. Other restrictions apply. ©2008 JetBlue Airways

(b) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including, without limitation, our extremely competitive industry; increases in fuel prices, maintenance costs and interest rates; our ability to implement our growth strategy, including the ability to operate reliably the EMBRAER 190 aircraft and our new terminal at JFK; our significant fixed obligations; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and maintain our culture as we grow; our reliance on high daily aircraft utilization; our dependence on the New York metropolitan market and the effect of increased congestion in this market; our reliance on automated systems and technology; our being subject to potential unionization; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers; changes in or additional government regulation; changes in our industry due to other airlines' financial condition; and external geopolitical events and conditions. Further information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to, the Company's 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

CONTACT:
JetBlue Reservations
(800) JET-BLUE (538-2583)

New Free Lot Offers Easy Terminal Access to Pick Up Arriving Guests, Reduces Curbside Congestion

April 22, 2008

Richmond International Airport, VA., (April 22, 2008): Picking up guests arriving at Richmond International Airport? Then the airport's new Cell Phone Waiting Lot may be just what you've been hoping for. The new 40-space lot is located just off Terminal Drive near the South parking garage, about one minute's drive from the terminal.

"Richmond International Airport (RIC) is pleased to open this courtesy lot - at no charge to users - as we approach the busy summer travel season," said Capital Region Airport Commission Chairman Beverley W. "Booty" Armstrong. "During some of our heaviest arrival periods, it is simply not possible to allow vehicles to dwell curbside. The new Cell Phone Waiting Lot offers an attractive alternative for ‘meeters and greeters' waiting for arriving passengers."

Cell phone lots exist at some other U.S. airports, and are intended to offer a convenient waiting location in close proximity to arrivals areas and to relieve curbside congestion. Once travelers arrive and claim their bags, they can then call their pick-up party and direct them to the curbside area. While there is no charge to use the lot, vehicles must be attended at all times, and drivers are encouraged to turn off vehicles when temperatures permit.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region, and offers about 190 daily flights between Richmond and major U.S. destinations onboard AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, United, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates. Air Canada will launch nonstop Richmond-Toronto service starting May 1st.

For Information:
Troy M. Bell, CM
Director - Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
Richmond International Airport
Phone: (804) 226-3022
E-mail: tbell@flyrichmond.com


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