Let’s Fly!: A New Way To Ft. Lauderdale and Changes to Freeport

Welcome to Let’s Fly!, a monthly round-up of news from the airlines and airports you may encounter on your journey from RDU. 

Delta begins new service to Ft. Lauderdale in December.

Delta begins new service to Ft. Lauderdale in December.

Delta Air Lines is launching a new flight to Ft. Lauderdale. The flight begins Thursday, Dec. 11 and will operate daily on peak holiday travel dates through the beginning of 2015. Thereafter, the flight will convert to a weekly operation, occurring on Saturdays. This is in addition to the service currently provided by JetBlue and SouthwestContinue reading

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Going International: Middle East Rise and India Ties

This is the fifth 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.

Someone once said that everything old becomes new again. Centuries ago, the Middle East and India were known as the crossroads of the world due to their location on trade routes between Asia, Europe and Africa. Today, we are seeing a rise in Middle Eastern hub airports and deeper ties than ever before between our region and India. Continue reading

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Going International: The Emergence of Asia

This is the fourth 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.

People are traveling from RDU to Asia in ever-increasing numbers.

People are traveling from RDU to Asia in ever-increasing numbers.

Though we are half a world away, our region has many connections to Asia, and people are traveling there in ever-increasing numbers. Therefore it makes sense for us to take a hard look at the international air service opportunities that exist in Asia.

While we don’t think that regularly scheduled non-stop service from RDU to an Asian city is in the near future, we do see the potential for limited non-stop service (a few days a week) as a possibility. Also, as more fuel-efficient aircraft come into existence, dreams of daily RDU-Asia nonstop service could one day become a reality.  Continue reading

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No Discrepancies: A Good Report On Safety

Day in and day out, there’s no greater commitment to you by RDU staff than to make sure that we are safe in everything we do.

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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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