MORRISVILLE – High-tech job expansions in the Triangle are likely to be a boost for RDU International Airport as the airport continues to show signs of economic revival after the devastation of the COVIDA-19 pandemic, according to RDU’s chief executive officer.
“Major companies such as Apple, Google, Red Hat and Fidelity Investments have recently announced that they are entering or growing in the Triangle, bringing new jobs and investments to our community. These economic development announcements support my belief that RDU is well positioned for recovery,” Michael Landguth, CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, says in a blog post. “Our region’s economic climate is a major factor in an airline’s willingness to invest at RDU.”
RDU’s traffic is surging, it is adding more flights and there’s another new airline (Sun County) servicing the airport. One of the new flights – from United – will link RDU directly to San Fancisco and Silicon Valley.
“The airport is beginning to look more familiar with travelers slowly starting to fill RDU’s parking deck and terminals,” Landguth points out. “TSA screened just under 300,000 passengers during the month of April and forecasts indicate more people are expected to take flight in the coming months.”
A year ago the pandemic virtually shut down air travel, leading to job cuts, service reductions and even the closing of parking lots at RDU.
Landuth reminds readers that…