The Air Service Advancement Project (ASAP) is a three-year initiative to mobilize, highlight, and focus business support to strengthen nonstop international air service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

ASAP-logo-finalRDU International Airport has an $8 billion annual economic impact on the Research Triangle region and continues to grow its air services.

RDU competes with every airport in the world for limited air carrier expansion opportunities and a broad-based commitment by the business community can be a determining factor.

The project will create a $500,000 regional investment fund that will supplement the RDU Airport Authority’s $500,000 commitment to recruiting and marketing international air service.

Each new transatlantic flight will generate $25 million in annual net regional economic spending and increase gross domestic product by $1.4 billion over 25 years.

rdu-t2All businesses in the region are eligible to participate.  The Regional Transportation Alliance business leadership group coordinates this initiative.  RTA Air Service Chair Bruce Sargent with IBM Corporation and Michael Schoenfeld with Duke University serve as Project co-chairs.

Read more about the ASAP initiative and our region’s pursuit of international flights from this January 2015 Triangle Business Journal cover story, this February 2015 story in Business North Carolina and these Triangle Business Journal articles during March and April 2015.

Non-Stop Service to Paris

Delta Air Lines has announced a new daily non-stop flightparis flight between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport beginning in May 2016. The new flight establishes RDU as the only non-hub airport in America with two daily, nonstop transatlantic flights.

This new flight to Paris will open up an international gateway to over 40 different locations around the world for the Triangle area, increasing our global competitiveness and growth.

Read more about the RDU-Paris flight:

ASAP Objectives

  • Maximize regional competitiveness and economic impact
  • Decrease air travel time, lessen required connections, and increase productivity
  • Support the ability to attract business growth and top talent to the Triangle region

ASAP Focus

  • Support the use of RDU as an intercontinental gateway via private sector-coordinated marketing support

Download an ASAP overview flyer here (revised December 1, 2014)

Download an ASAP investment agreement form here

Download quotes from lead ASAP investors here


Air Service Advancement Project Investors

  • Cary Chamber of Commerce
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. *
  • Citrix
  • Credit Suisse
  • Duke Energy *
  • Duke University *
  • Fairway Outdoor Advertising
  • First Citizens Bank *
  • Forge Communications
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau *
  • IBM Corporation *
  • Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
  • QuintilesIMS *
  • Red Hat, Inc. *
  • Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina *
  • UNC REX Healthcare
  • Wells Fargo

   Minimum Project investment levels: $500 to $2,500 annually with three-year commitment
   * Three-year Project investors of $1,000 or more per year annually denoted with (*)
   * Three-year Project investors of $2,500 or more annually shown in bold above

In-Kind Partners

  • Cary Chamber of Commerce
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Chapel Hill / Orange County Visitors Bureau
  • Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Downtown Raleigh Alliance
  • Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional Transportation Alliance
  • The Umstead Hotel and Spa

   Minimum $1,000 in-kind commitment.

News and Coverage

TBJ1, 2pdf story, 345

RTA press release
RDU press release
 and blog

For more information about the ASAP initiative: contact Joe Milazzo II, PE, RTA Executive Director, at 919.664-7065 or