Member Briefing: April 14

RDU Set for Full Pandemic Recovery This Year… so let’s get those runway letters in

For several years, RTA’s highest priority has been the identification of sustainable funding for RDU International Airport.

Our top priority did not change, even in the midst of the pandemic. The regional business community took the long view that the global connectivity and economic engine that RDU provides was not going to lessen as we looked 10 and 20 years out.

While the proportion of air travel has migrated more to leisure than business over the past few years, our overall assessment of ongoing growth at RDU certainly appears to be correct. Michael Landguth, Raleigh-Durham International Airport CEO, recently said that “I believe that in 2023 we’re going to fully recover from the pandemic in terms of overall passenger numbers.”

RTA continues to push for maximum federal funding support for a new, longer primary runway (5L-32R), and our members are encouraged to send letters to FAA using this simplified template. Please see our weekly blog for more information.

RTA holds online town hall with RTA Gold Member MetLife

RTA held an online town hall with more than 200 MetLife associates earlier this week. RTA chair Jay Irby with First Citizens Bank, RTA emerging technology chair Chris Cooper with MetLife, and I provided an overview of our current organizational priorities. We also discussed more than two dozen excellent questions from MetLife colleagues, with topics ranging from BRT to Complete 540 to access user fees. Any RTA Gold level or higher member can request an online or in-person town hall or executive briefing on your campus. Please email to schedule or for more information.

Thank you, as always, for your membership and support.

Let’s get moving,

RTA Executive Director

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