The Overview of Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field)
Richmond International Airport is a public, civil-military airport located in Sandston, Virginia, U.S. RIC airport is owned and run by The Capital Region Airport Commission (CRAC). The airport is situated 7 miles (11 km) south-east of downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia. RIC was ranked as is the busiest airport of central Virginia and the 3rdbusiest among the State’s airports. The airport codes are IATA: RIC, FAA LID: RIC, ICAO: KRIC.
The Capacity and Airlines of Richmond Airport
RIC airport covers around 2,500 acres (1,012 ha) of land. RIC serves the Greater Richmond Region and Central Virginia with non-stop flights to 26 destinations, managed by seven airways.
In 2016, RIC carried over 63,000 tons of cargo. Cargo at Richmond airport includes more than 100,000 sq. ft. (10,000 m2) of space and around 1,000,000 s1q ft. (100,000 m2) of apron space. Shipped goods outside of the metropolitan Richmond, within 24 hours, can generally reach around 72% of the U.S.U.S. population. In the same year, Richmond airport reached its 32ndsuccessive month of growth, with 345,000 passengers.
A year later, in 2017, according to Annual Passenger Traffic, RIC carried 3,657,479 passengers and broke its previous record of 3,634,544 in 2007. Richmond International Airport is served by airlines flying to domestic routes within the cities in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, as well as connecting flights for international destinations.
In 2018, the airport set an all-time high passenger traffic record of 4,077,763, with an 11.5% increase.
Currently, the RIC is served by Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Allegiant Air.
Brief History of RIC
In 1927, the RIC airport was dedicated as Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field for the respect of aviator Richard E. Byrd. Byrd Field, at first, was owned by the City of Richmond, and the current airport was in Henrico County. Later, Richmond City Mayor John Fulmer Bright played a significant role in the creation of airfield. In1950, the airport was renamed Richard E. Byrd Airport; After that, in 1984, it became Richmond International Airport.
The Official Airline Guide (OAG) shows 43-weekday departures in April 1957. Eastern Air Lines has 22 flights, Piedmont Airlines 10, American Airlines 5, National Airlines 4, and Capital Airlines 2.