Business group pledges $500K to help RDU land international flight
Posted December 11, 2014
Morrisville, N.C. — 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.