Going International: Regions Near and Far

This is the last in a 6-part series about RDU’s pursuit of new international air service. Read the series.

In our series, we’ve covered Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East pretty thoroughly. While these are some of the top regions for international air service growth, other regions of the world shouldn’t be ignored. Here’s a snapshot of some of the other regions of the world. 



Snapshot of Canada

RDU is the 29th top US city for passenger traffic to Canada. The ties between the Tarheel State and Canada are growing. Our current, daily nonstop service to Toronto carries most of the demand for Canadian traffic; however, a few cities are in our sights as potential areas of growth. These include:

  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Vancouver
San Juan

San Juan

Snapshot of the Caribbean

One of the top domestic destinations that we are actively working on adding is San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan is a hub with connections to many of the smaller Caribbean islands, and is the most promising opportunity for Caribbean service in the future. We also enjoy  seasonal Bahamas and Cancun service by Delta, Vacation Express and BahamasAir. 

There's an unexplained rise in travel to Mexico City. Can you help us explain it?

There’s an unexplained rise in travel to Mexico City. Can you help us explain it?

Snapshot of Latin America

Last year, we shared about the growth in traffic to Mexico City. Mexico is a nation in particular that we are keeping a close eye on in part due to this growth and the many business and industry connections between our region and the nation. Looking further south, we’re keeping an eye on Brazil. In recent years, the connections between the Research Triangle Region and Brazil, specifically Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero have been growing. We’ll be looking at improving one-stop connections like the new American service from New York and Miami that was recently announced.



Snapshot of Africa

Africa is one of the regions of the world where we are seeing the greatest increase in travel. We are currently the 15th largest U.S. airport in terms of traffic to Africa. However, we won’t be seeing a nonstop flight anytime soon. As connections in the local agriculture, pharmaceutical and medical industries strengthen between our region and Africa, we’re confident that the growth in transatlantic service that we are seeking will provide quicker connections and make all parts of the continent easily accessible from RDU.



Snapshot of Oceana

Our recent nonstop service additions to San Francisco and Los Angeles have opened the door for one-stop connections to Australia, making two-stop trips to many South Pacific destinations possible. Traffic to this region of the world is growing, and we see that continuing at a steady pace. And, as we work to strengthen our West Coast destinations, reaching the Southern Hemisphere will only become easier. 

Help Us Grow!

Growing our international service is a community effort. One thing I’ve realized through this series is there’s a lot about our community that we know, but a lot we don’t know. Your comments throughout the past few weeks have given us invaluable information that we are taking to the airlines next week to work to gain service.

Please let me know in the comments below about international travel and international ties at your company. We know the connections for many of the larger employers in our region, but we also know there are smaller companies that frequently travel the world.

With your help, we look forward to expanding the route map at RDU!

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."
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2 Responses to Going International: Regions Near and Far

  1. Sanket says:

    Yes, San Juan will be a great addition. Last time around I had to fly all the way to JFK to take a San Juan Flight which is not ideal and arrival times are not pleasant with that connection. Plus San Juan opens up the skies to travel to entire South as well as Central America.

  2. ANONYMOUS says:

    I think that a destination to Colombia or Spain would open up many possibilities for international travel and trade

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