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.
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.
What Asian cities are most popular with RDU travelers? What should be our focus as we improve one-stop connections? Let’s take a look.
Top Destinations in Asia
More than 262,000 people travel each year between Asia and RDU via various routes. Here are the cities that are the most popular from RDU.
- Hong Kong
The following companies are examples of those with offices in our region that also have offices throughout Asia.
|RTI International||Research||Jakarta, Indonesia||Regional Office|
|DuPont||Chemical||Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul||Regional Offices|
Other Ties To Asia
We also see a significant amount of traffic heading to Asia due to partnerships with local universities. Campbell University has a campus affiliation in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Duke University has a campus in Kunshan, China, which is near Shanghai. They also have a campus in Singapore. N.C. State University has partnerships with colleges and universities in China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
Opportunities in Asia
Today, we are supporting our region’s travel to Asia through the improvement of one stop connections. The most convenient connections from RDU to Asia are through New York airports, Detroit, Washington-Dulles, Chicago-O’Hare, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dallas Ft.-Worth and Atlanta also provide some non-stop connectivity.
We’re also working to add Seattle to our domestic offerings, which would bring more connecting opportunities. And, we’re looking to target the cities within Asia that provide the best gateways to other Asian destinations.
As we continue to work on developing international air service, we will explore the possibility of limited weekly flights with Asian carriers because demand will continue to grow as our region grows.
Does your company have ties to Asia? Do you fly there often from RDU? Let me know in the comments below, we’re always looking at how our community is connected.
Next week, we’ll explore opportunities in the Middle East and India.