Richmond International Airport
|Richmond International Airport|
|Owner/Operator||Capital Region Airport Commission|
|Elevation AMSL||167 ft / 50.9 m|
Richmond International Airport (IATA: RIC, ICAO: KRIC, FAA LID: RIC) is a joint civil-military public airport, in Sandston, Virginia, an unincorporated community (within Henrico County). The airport is about 7 miles (11 km) southeast of downtown Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond International Airport is the busiest airport in central Virginia and the third busiest behind Washington D.C's two major airports, Washington–Dulles and Washington–National.
Six commercial air carriers currently serve RIC, with non-stop flights to 21 destinations, and connecting flights to other countries. An estimated record 3,630,000 passengers used RIC in 2007. In October 2016 RIC reported its 32 straight month of growth, with nearly 330,000 travelers. In January 2012, following its merger with AirTran, Southwest Airlines hinted that they would begin flights to Richmond and actually began nonstop service to Orlando on Sunday, November 4, 2013.
To help accommodate the current and proposed increase in passengers and air service, RIC has embarked on a major expansion program. It has increased the number of gates, added parking spaces (to 8,000), and created a new terminal roadway and air traffic control tower. The project features major renovations of the terminal building, including upper-level departures and lower-level arrivals, the construction of a central utility plant, and the widening of security checkpoints. Construction on the renovated two-level terminal was completed in spring 2007, and was designed by Gresham, Smith & Partners.
In 2004, Richmond International Airport handled over 59,000 tons of cargo. Cargo services offered at the airport include more than 100,000 square feet (10,000 m2) of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet (100,000 m2) of apron space. The airport is designated a Foreign Trade Zone. Because of its position on the Eastern Seaboard, cargo transit via RIC is on the rise. Goods shipped out of the metropolitan Richmond area can reach 50% of the U.S. population within 24 hours.
The airport was dedicated as Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field in 1927 in honor of aviator Richard E. Byrd, brother of then Gov. Harry F. Byrd. Charles Lindbergh attended the dedication ceremony. Although the facility was in Henrico County, Richmond Mayor John Fulmer Bright was instrumental in the creation of Byrd Field, which was initially owned by the City of Richmond.
The current president and CEO of the airport is Jon Mathiasen. It is owned and operated by the Capital Region Airport Commission, a Commonwealth-created governmental agency overseen by representatives of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico counties, and the City of Richmond.
The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 43 weekday departures: 22 on Eastern, 10 Piedmont, 5 American, 4 National, and 2 Capital.
In 2007, the airport served 3,634,544 passengers, a record for the airport; a 10.3% increase over 2006. RIC is the third-busiest airport in Virginia, after Washington Dulles and Ronald Reagan Washington.
In October 2016, RIC served 322,267 passengers. Delta was the largest carrier with 35.14%, and United had 15.07% Other carrier were: American (29.67%), Southwest (6.99%), JetBlue (11.46%), Allegiant (3.11%), and Vacation Express (0.10%) 
Richmond International has 75 based aircraft; 21 are single-engine, 21 multi-engine, and 33 jets.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Jacksonville, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater||B|
|American Airlines||Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia||A|
|American Eagle||Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia||A|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||B|
|Delta Connection||Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
|JetBlue Airways||Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando||A|
|United Express||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles||B|
operated by Air Cargo Carriers
operated by Suburban Air Freight
|FedEx Express||Indianapolis, Knoxville, Memphis|
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, Norfolk, Philadelphia|
|1||Atlanta, Georgia||578,000||Delta, Southwest|
|2||Charlotte, North Carolina||259,000||American/US Airways|
|3||Boston, Massachusetts||251,000||Delta, JetBlue|
|4||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||149,000||American, United|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||120,000||American|
|6||New York–LaGuardia, New York||102,000||American, Delta|
|7||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||92,000||American/US Airways|
|8||Orlando, Florida||77,000||Delta, JetBlue|
|9||Newark, New Jersey||69,000||United|
Accidents and incidents
- In 1951: Eastern Airlines Flight 601 bound from Newark to Miami suffered severe buffeting after an access door opened in flight over Lynchburg, Virginia and the crew decided to divert to Richmond. A flap-less wheels-up landing was made a few miles short of the runway at Curles Neck Farm because the crew feared that the aircraft would disintegrate before they could get to the airport to attempt an emergency landing. There were no fatalities.
- In 1961: Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 was destroyed when it crashed and burned following an attempted emergency landing at the airport, all 74 passengers, and two of the 5 crew members died.
- In 1996, Eastwind Airlines Flight 517 from Trenton, New Jersey, experienced loss of rudder control while on approach to Richmond; however, control was regained shortly after, and the aircraft landed normally. There was one minor injury.
- In 2011, a private twin engine, Piper Navajo, crashed after take-off. Only the pilot was on board at the time of the crash. The pilot suffered burns and was immediately taken to a hospital.
- In 2016 an American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 that departed from the Richmond airport had to make an emergency landing at the Philadelphia airport due to smoke in the cabin.
Virginia Air National Guard
Until October 2007, the 192d Fighter Wing (192 FW), an Air Combat Command (ACC)-gained unit of the Virginia Air National Guard, maintained an Air National Guard station, operating F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the airport. In late 2007, pursuant to BRAC 2005 action, the 192 FW relinquished its F-16C and F-16D aircraft and moved to Langley AFB (now Joint Base Langley-Eustis), to integrate with the Regular Air Force as an associate unit to the 1st Fighter Wing (1 FW) flying the F-22 Raptor. The former Richmond International Airport Air National Guard Station property was transferred to the Department of the Army in support of U.S. Army Reserve and Virginia Army National Guard activities.
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- Richmond International Airport, official web site
- Richmond Times-Dispatch: RIA Expansion[permanent dead link]
- Style Weekly Architectural Review
- Gresham Smith & Partners, Architects
- openNav: RIC / KRIC charts
- (PDF), effective November 10, 2016
- FAA Terminal Procedures for RIC, effective November 10, 2016
- Resources for this airport: