Step It Up! Why You Should Be Walking Next Time You’re at RDU

RDUscreens-t2walkNeed to clear your head or stretch your legs? Look for the Step It Up signs and get a few paces in next time you’re in Terminals 1 and 2.

As part of RDU’s efforts to support the health and wellness of travelers and staff members alike, we’ve mapped out a couple of walking loops in Concourses C and D that will get you moving so you can start your next adventure with a fresh perspective.

In case you’re wondering, research shows that just 25 minutes of walking per day could add up to seven years to your life. There are also countless physical and mental health benefits – check out our top 5 below. Continue reading

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Yellow In/Yellow Out Helps With Parking Transition

yellow-in-banner-central-e1506616490437.jpgOver the next few weeks you’ll be seeing yellow when parking in RDU’s Central or Premier lots. We’re in the process of replacing the entry, exit and pay-on-foot machines at each of our parking lots. Continue reading

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This Week at RDU: Salute to Bluegrass Music Series September 25 – 29

RDU_bluegrass_digital_1920x1080_Artboard 1The sounds of bluegrass will fill the air in Terminals 1 & 2 this week! As downtown Raleigh welcomes bluegrass bands and performers for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, we’re very excited to once again host our annual Salute to Bluegrass Music Series, September 25th through 29th.

Throughout the week, enjoy live bluegrass music each afternoon in the baggage claim areas of our terminals. Not flying? Come on out, grab a cup of Starbucks, relax and enjoy some great entertainment. Continue reading

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Being Transparent to Ensure Public Trust

061209rduterminaltwo-48I am proud and humbled to Chair the RDU Airport Authority Board. As a public Board, appointed by elected officials in Wake and Durham counties and Raleigh and Durham cities, we ensure that the Authority acts in the public’s interest.

That’s why transparency is so important to us. This has recently been called into question by the Southern Environmental Law Center, as we issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease three parcels of airport-owned property.

In the interest of full transparency and to ensure that we respond appropriately to SELC’s claims, I have directed the executive team to engage outside counsel to review their allegations and our actions, and to work with us to respond to those allegations. I and the entire board, take the Authority’s compliance with applicable Open Meetings laws very seriously. The public expects us to, and rightfully so.

Trust is hard to earn but easy to lose. We stand by our actions and are excited to see viable lease proposals in response to our RFP.  In the meantime, rest assured that we are doing everything we possibly can to be a great airport for this community.

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Lease vs. Sale: What Property Means for RDU

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The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority recently issued a Request for Proposals for the leasing of the three undeveloped parcels pictured above.

Keeping you connected and powering our region’s economy are two things we get excited about at RDU. Our airport is built to serve the community and we take that commitment seriously, that’s why we have carefully considered various land use requests we’ve received in recent months regarding airport property adjacent to Umstead Park.

As part of the Vision 2040 master planning process, the Airport Authority received a request from The Conservation Fund to purchase some airport property. Our long-standing practice is to not sell land. This is necessary in order to comply with a myriad of federal laws and regulations, have adequate space for future development, and just does not make good business sense.  So let’s dive a little deeper into why we do not sell property. Continue reading

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