Author Archives: Andrew Sawyer

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."

Where the Planes Park: Ramp vs. Tarmac vs. Apron

What is the name of the part of the airport where planes park and are serviced at the airport? Some people will say ramp. Many call it the tarmac. To others, it’s the apron.  Who’s right? Let’s take a look. 

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

48 Hours On Grand Bahama Island

Envision white sand beaches, cool tropical breezes and crystal clear water. Do those images make you want to fly to a tropical paradise? If so, then go ahead and book your trip. In August you’ll be two hours from a … Continue reading

Posted in 48 Hours In, Air Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Providing Opportunities For Businesses Large and Small

In April, we opened Terminal 1, which was the last major piece of our decades-long facility improvement program. Now, we’re shifting our focus to maintaining and enhancing the world-class facilities and programs that you enjoy at RDU. 

Posted in Airport Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brushing Up On Hurricane Plans

Being more than two hours from the coast doesn’t mean that we’re out of reach from hurricanes. The infamous hurricanes Hazel and Fran along with Bonnie, Ernesto, Floyd and a few others have also paid the Research Triangle Region a … Continue reading

Posted in Weather Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Understanding Duty-Free vs. Duty Paid

Summer is the season when our terminals are bustling with vacation travelers. Suits and ties give way to a sea of flip-flops, strollers and casual attire. Some are heading to U.S. destinations, but many are flying internationally. Regardless, along the … Continue reading

Posted in The Shops of RDU | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment