Business group pledges $500K to help RDU land international flight

Posted December 11, 2014

— A group of area businesses on Thursday pledged $500,000 to help attract more international flights to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The Regional Transportation Alliance, which represents more than 100 businesses, has dubbed its three-year pledge drive ASAP, or the Air Service Advancement Project.

“As a region and as a business community, we must recognize the impact RDU International Airport has on our economy and region. Air service development is economic development,” Bruce Sargent, an IBM executive who chairs the group's air service committee, said in a statement.

The project will create a $500,000 investment fund – half cash and the rest in-kind contributions – to supplement RDU Airport Authority’s existing $500,000 commitment to marketing international air service.

To date, the RTA effort has received $66,000 in cash pledges from companies and organizations and $168,000 in-kind commitments from partners.

“This program sends a strong message to airlines that our business community is engaged in air service recruitment and is committed to strengthening nonstop international service from RDU," airport Director Michael Landguth said in a statement.


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  • simplylindsey2010 Dec 12, 2014

    Would it just not be cheaper for RDU to hire an international pilot to land the international flight?

  • raphael27520 Dec 12, 2014

    Not needed,

    RDU will never be a major airport like DFW or Atlanta ,because it has no expansion room hemmed in by Raleigh, Cary, Durham,etc.

    Charlotte is the major hub because it is the largest city in NC for business and as corporate business dies in RTP, less travel will be required.
    Raleigh is just another small southern capital town.

  • 12345_here Dec 12, 2014

    In the Grand scheme of things, I don't think 500,000 will land a flight.

    that would probably just about cover one or maybe 2 roundtrips to London for 350 passengers.

  • Bill Brasky Dec 12, 2014

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    Perhaps not. I don't believe price is the issue. It's time. If we can get more international flights that will bring not only more jobs to the airport, but boost area businesses whom will now be able to commute to their customers, or customers to them more effectively.

  • euimport1 Dec 12, 2014

    we have a non stop to london. add frankfurt and paris, and the whole world will open for travelers needing to connect. no more need to go to charlotte/atlanta/chicago/dallas and the north east ...

  • Todd Jenkins Dec 12, 2014
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    If i was a shareholder in any of these companies I'd be questioning why my money is going to benefit an airline company…Trust me this will not result in lower fares to the companies giving the money.

  • THD Dec 12, 2014

    Pick it up DELTA!!

  • Doug Hanthorn Dec 12, 2014
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    It would be interesting to know what destinations they have in mind.....