Obtaining New International Air Service ASAP

Our friends at the Regional Transportation Alliance have launched an innovative program to generate community support for international air service as soon as possible. The Air Service Advancement Project addresses an issue that we hear from airlines time and again: the importance of community support.

The ASAP Program will help our international air service recruitment  work take off!

The ASAP Program will help our international air service recruitment work take off!

In today’s aviation industry, airports around the nation are competing for air service development, particularly on international routes. Airlines consider many factors when investing in markets and one of those is business community support.

The ASAP initiative sends a strong message to airlines that the business community is engaged in air service development efforts in our region. Funds from ASAP will be used to support the airport’s efforts to market the opportunity, to market the assets of the region and most of all to promote the services.

So how will it work?

The RTA has set a goal to raise $500,000 in a three-year initiative consisting half of cash investments and half as in-kind investments to match the Airport Authority’s $500,000 commitment to marketing international air service. The funds will be used to both develop and promote international service.

How important is international air service?

This past fall, Dr. Michael Walden at N.C. State completed a study that said one international flight has a $1.4 billion economic impact over 25 years, creates 14,000 jobs in the community and produces $272 million in new public money.

We’re excited to see the business community come together to support international air service at RDU, and we’re delighted that the RTA is helping to spearhead this process by launching this highly-visible, critical air service initiative.

With the community’s help and RTA’s leadership, we’re sure to see international service thrive ASAP!

About Mike Landguth

Mike Landguth, AAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, which manages Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Mike joined RDU in November 2011. He and his family live in Cary along with their trusty canine sidekick, Thunder.
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12 Responses to Obtaining New International Air Service ASAP

  1. George Rhodes says:

    This is an excellent endeavor Mike and one which I hope results in new international air service for our Airport. What can the employees and volunteers at RDU do to help the cause in this important cause? George Rhodes (Guest Services Volunteer)

    • One of key roles employees and volunteers can fill is to help spread the word about how much international traffic we see in this region via RDU – 1.5 million trips a year. And, that additional international service will help grow the economy and the global reach of our community. Tell everyone. Your friends, local leaders, business leaders. Be ambassadors and help spread the word and grow support. The Airport Authority values our volunteers and appreciates the generous support that each provides to our customers and staff each day. Thank you for all that you do for RDU.

  2. Allen says:

    Dream on RDU. Does not matter how much money you throw at it new service will not start until the airport has more than one international gate. Use this money build FIS to the d gates and just maybe it will happen. Until then dream on

    • We currently have 3 interntational gates, which provide plenty of opportunity for growth in our current facilities.

      • Allen says:

        Yes you have three international gates. AA 173 blocks two of those gates so the timing would have to be perfect. Try parking a wide body on c24. You may think it will work but you would lose two other gates. Try parking AA 173 on c24 one day just to see the challenges. That’s the difference between you sitting in an office looking at a diagram of gates. Go outside one day and look at your facility.

  3. George says:

    Yes, and those 3 gates could handle either 2 wide body aircraft or 3 single aisle aurcraft simultaneously!

  4. Eric says:

    Any hints from American about upgrading the equipment on RDU-LHR? I know it’s a long shot, but they will be getting some A330s from the US Airways merger and they are starting to take deliveries of their 787s in 2015. The 767s they currently use on that route are ready for a museum!

  5. Bill says:

    Return of AA B777-200 aircraft on non-stop RDU-London would be ideal. Thought: relocate AA to Concourse D with US Airways, relocate Jet Blue to Terminal 1, lease all of Concourse C to Delta so they can provide connections for non-stop Paris and other destinations. Allen, C23 and 25 are designed to double load (both jet bridges on same aircraft) up to a B747-400, and C22 and 24 up to a B777-200, simultaneously. C20 is sacrificed. Also can simultaneously accommodate a B757-200 on C21. C21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 all connect to dedicated international portion of concourse C.

  6. Max says:

    I’ve heard rumors of possibly a direct flight from RDU to a major airport in Germany. Are their plans to open a direct route to Germany? Thanks, Max.

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