RIC: Not Just a Pretty Face

09/13/11
RIC: Not Just a Pretty Face

It’s no surprise that the Richmond International Airport (RIC) plays a vital role in the Central Virginia regional economy.

According to the 2008 Chmura Economic Analytics Economic Impact Study, RIC and its tenants contribute more than $800 million to the local economy. The Eastern Henrico airport is shiny, bright and new, only minutes off of Interstate 64, and it couldn’t be more strategically positioned to support Henrico County businesses.

"The airport is located in a sweet spot," says Troy Bell, Director, Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO, Richmond International Airport. "This airport is very good if you frequently fly domestically, as we are strategically located on the Eastern Seaboard. We are close to D.C. to the north and the Raleigh/Durham area to the south. For international travel, the airport is well-connected to major U.S gateways, offering single-connect service to major destinations around the globe."

A Plan for Growth

If you haven’t visited the airport in the last few years, you should. The recent $300 million dollar renovation has transformed the outdated space into a sleek modern airport with a great new layout, complete with additional gates and ticketing counters. It manages to balance the sophistication of a large airport with the charm and convenience of a smaller one. It’s intuitive. And it’s complete for now.

"RIC’s heavy construction projects are done for the foreseeable future," says Bell. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a plan for growth. On the contrary. RIC’s recently updated Master Plan is reset and primed with economic trigger points to alert airport officials when the current design is ready for an assessment.

'We have the capacity for future development and growth.' - Troy Bell, Director, Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO, RIC

"We have a road map for the next 20 years. It’s a demand-based plan to accommodate things like substantial increases in passenger traffic, cargo volume or aircraft activity. We certainly have the capacity for future development and growth. In fact, RIC has developable acreage on the property where the Virginia Air National Guard was previously located."

The location primed for development is located on the eastern side of the airport, with direct access to the taxiway and runway. Once the planned roadway access is added, it will be especially attractive to technological and aeronautical companies. Want to learn more? Here are some stats and resources:

RIC Stats:
  • Conveniently located off Interstate 64 in eastern Henrico County, with easy access to Interstates 95, 85 and 295, and to Route 895, Pocahontas Parkway
  • Offers 180 scheduled non-stop flights to major domestic and international gateways
  • Carries eight commercial airlines, including budget carriers AirTran and JetBlue
  • Serves over 3.3 million passengers and about 85 million pounds of cargo annually
  • Includes over one million square feet of cargo apron
  • Provides onsite U.S. Customs services
  • Is designated as Foreign Trade Zone #207 and has provided sub-zone support
  • Offers worldwide cargo services

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