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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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