Report: RDU flights down 7 percent since 2011
Posted July 23, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A new report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that travelers looking to depart from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport will have fewer flights from which to choose.
The report ranked 200 airports based on how many flights have been cut since 2011. RDU was ranked No. 40 on the list.
Mindy Hamlin, an airport spokeswoman, said RDU has seen a decrease of approximately 7 percent in the past four years.
Hamlin said the reduction is due to a shift in the way airlines are currently operating.
“Over the past several years, the airlines have changed their business model,” Hamlin said. “They’ve started taking out smaller aircrafts and putting in larger aircrafts.”
While the number of flights has decreased, the number of seats available is up 3 percent, according to Hamlin.
For business traveler Jeff Zych, the frequency of flights is more important than the number of seats. Zych travels to the Triangle from Chicago and New York regularly and said flexibility is key.
“We are not as price-driven as we are to meet the needs of trips that we are taking,” Zych said. “That’s more critical, having those flexible options.”
Zych said getting to the Triangle can be a challenge and sees flexibility being an important factor for companies relocating in the area.
Hamlin said the area is a strong, growing market and that airlines still plan on flying out of RDU.
“While we have recently seen consolidation and optimization of capacity, the introduction of new carriers at RDU, including Alaska Airlines and Allegiant, and the expansion of destinations from several others is a strong indication of the confidence airlines have in our region’s future,” said Joe Milazzo II, executive director of the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition.