A new year, and potentially a new record, at RDU
- January 18, 2024
- Posted by: Joe Milazzo II
- Category: Blog
RTA members and partners,
Earlier this month, at the semi-annual RTA Steering Committee meeting, we heard from RDU Airport CEO Michael Landguth, who gave a presentation recapping the year RDU airport had and the ongoing growth in flights and usage.
Michael thanked the regional business community for the ongoing support given to the airport, including educating our RTA members on RDU’s various initiatives, opportunities and challenges.
I invite you to take few moments to review the slide presentation he delivered during the meeting. Some of the highlights included:
- 14.4 million passengers projected this year — our largest ever
- 4 new airlines this year (a total of 8 since 2019)
- 25 new destinations this year, with an overall total of 65 destinations (varies by season), including 9 international destinations
- Parking guidance system has been installation in Park RDU Central deck
Landguth also noted that there are $3 billion in capital projects planned in less than the next ten years, with the majority associated with construction of a new primary runway and the expansion of both terminal 2 and terminal 1.
Finally, the airport is focused on continually initiating service to new markets, and has an incentive policy targeted for that purpose.
RTA’s top organizational priority continues to be sustainable funding for RDU Airport.
We will continue to push for federal funding for the new primary runway, which is currently under construction. Later this year, we expect to revisit the most recent recommendations from the excellent work of our RDU AID (airport infrastructure development) task force as we look to support additional funding options and opportunities at the airport.
Let’s get moving,