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.


Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Richmond International Airport
(804) 226-3022