In summer 2009, RDU was named the second most efficient airport in North America – for the third consecutive year! In addition, RDU was also named the second-most cost-competitive airport in 2008 in the nation. Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson (ATL) International Airport led in both of those categories again in the annual study by the Air Transport Research Society which reviews more than 60 medium and large airports in North America.
The Regional Transportation Alliance is committed to enhancing the air service offerings available to regional air travelers. Improving air service was identified as the number one economic development priority by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership economic development organization. Increasing the number of nonstop flights from RDU is also an Alliance priority, and we are happy to provide the assistance and expertise of the region’s business leadership organization for transportation to this effort.
Gaining new service for our region requires a cooperative sustained effort involving the public and private sectors. In addition, once we land new service we need to remember that carriers make decisions on retaining new routes based on business performance. Our goal is to demonstrate to carriers that Triangle, eastern North Carolina, and southern Virginia fliers will patronize more convenient nonstop routes from RDU to the west coast and to western and central Europe.