Going International: The Promise of Europe

This is the third in a 6-part series about RDU’s pursuit of new international air service. Read the series. New posts are added each Friday through September 19.

RDU's first nonstop international flight was to Paris in 1988.

RDU’s first nonstop international flight was to Paris in 1988.

Ever since the first American Airlines’ nonstop flight to Paris’ Orly Airport in 1988, the Research Triangle Region has been connected to the European continent, benefitting both private travelers and businesses alike. Since 1994, that connection has been through American’s daily nonstop flight to London, now in its 20th year. Today, more people are traveling abroad than one successful flight can accommodate.

Our first stop in a trip around the world takes us to Europe, where we’re actively pursuing new non-stop service to either Paris or Frankfurt because of the abundance of connecting flights from those gateway cities to other destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Continue reading

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The Deal: A New Starbucks For Terminal 1

From a new Starbucks to classic children’s books and an excellent way to relax, here’s what you can find now at The Shops of RDU with this month’s edition of “The Deal”:

The new Starbucks in Terminal 1 Bag Claim

The new Starbucks in Terminal 1.

Starbucks Now Open In Terminal 1

Waiting for a loved one to arrive via Southwest Airlines? Want to squeeze in an extra few minutes with friends before going to the gate? There’s a great new place to do so in Terminal 1. Continue reading

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Going International: Our Connected Community

This is the second in a 6-part series about RDU’s pursuit of new international air service. Read the first post. New posts are added each Friday through September 19. 

RDU is on a mission to gain new international air service. But is our region really ripe for international air service growth? The answer is yes! Two things that comprise our readiness are our geography and our population.  Continue reading

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48 Hours In Memphis

Memphis: home of the blues, barbecue and Elvis. On the East Bank of the Mississippi River, Tennessee’s second largest city is a great destination for a fall getaway. And, it’s only a two hour nonstop flight from RDU, perfect for a 48 hour trip away from home.

Getting There

Memphis at Night.

Memphis at Night.

Delta Air Lines offers daily nonstop service from RDU to Memphis International Airport. The flight leaves at 11:45 a.m. and lands at 12:49 p.m. local time. The airline serves the route using 50-seat Canadair regional jets.  Book your flight now.

Memphis International Airport is a 15-minute ride from downtown Memphis, where there are many hotels and attraction to keep you hopping for your weekend getaway. Several rental car agencies are also located at the airport.  Continue reading

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Going International: The Road To World Routes

It’s no secret that the Research Triangle Region is growing.  People are moving to our area because of our excellent quality of life, well-paying jobs and moderate cost-of-living.  And as the population grows, so does air travel, particularly to international destinations from RDU.

Frankfurt is one of two viable European nonstop destinations we're currently pursuing.

Frankfurt is one of two viable European nonstop destinations we’re currently pursuing.

About 1.5 million people each year travel to and from RDU and foreign destinations. Currently, we have one daily transatlantic flight to London, three daily flights to Toronto and a handful of seasonal international flights to vacation destinations like Cancun and The Bahamas.  Continue reading

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