Raleigh–Durham International Airport is locally known by its IATA code RDU. The airport codes are IATA: RDU, ICAO: KRDU, FAA LID: RDU. It is the main airport located in Wake County, North Carolina, the U.S. It is surrounded by the towns of Morrisville ad Cary to the South, and the City of Raleigh to the East and North. It serves Raleigh, Durham, the Research Triangle Metropolitan Region of North Carolina, and operates both Domestic and International flights. The airport is a publicly owned entity, by the RDU Airport Authority, which is in charge of controlling airport's facilities and operations.
Sometime after ceasing operations in 2002, the airport reached 2.7 million passengers who traveled through RDU in 2010. The growth was flat but compared to a period year before these signs were positive for the recovery of RDU. Recently, Delta Air Lines declared RDU to be a focus city for Frontier and Delta Air Lines, and it becomes the largest carrier at Raleigh–Durham International Airport and operates 80 flights, including transatlantic flights. Now, RDU has passenger service to 68 cities with over 450 average daily departures.
History and Economic Impact
In 1929 Raleigh's Municipal Airport was founded as the first airport in the region. It started to outgrow quickly, and within ten years, the Raleigh–Durham Aeronautical Authority was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly to operate and build a larger airport between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. In 1951, the airport makes the three runways that are still visible on the southeast side. American December timetable showed a peak of 211 daily departures to 64 destinations, all almost in the Eastern U.S. in 1992. Later, sometime after the 2001 attacks (September 11), RDU ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in 2002/3.
Nowadays, Raleigh–Durham International Airport covers 5,000 acres and owns approximately 2000 acres of unused land that is planned to be developed. In 2017 RDU released the most significant projects, including the construction for rental car facility, on-site hotel, expansion of parking areas, and improvements for taxiway layout as the Vision 2040.