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RIC Reports November Aviation Activity

Dec 28, 2021

For the month of November 2021, Richmond International Airport (RIC) reports a passenger count of 344,481, a 155.1 percent increase over the total for November 2020 and a 92.3 percent recovery of passenger traffic from pre-pandemic November 2019.


Delta Air Lines was the month’s market leader with a 30.9 percent share, closely followed by American (30.4%).

For the first five months of fiscal year 2022 (FY22), passenger traffic has increased 165.6 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Thus far in 2021, RIC has welcomed 1.3 million more passengers than the first eleven months of 2020, an increase of 82.8 percent.



Total cargo increased 0.5 percent to 13.63 million pounds, making November the first FY22 month to report a gain.



For the month, aircraft operations increased 51.5 percent versus November a year ago. To date in FY22, operations have reported a growth of 41.3 percent.

For additional information about monthly aviation activity, please visit RIC’s Monthly Statistics.



November operating revenues totaled $4.5 million, greater than budget by $942 thousand or 26.4%. Fiscal year-to-date operating revenues totaled $22.2 million, greater than budget by $4.6 million or 26.0%.


November’s operating expenses totaled $1.9 million, less than budget by ($536) thousand or (22.0%). Fiscal year-to-date operating expenses totaled $9.2 million, less than budget by ($1.8) million or (16.4%).



  • Breeze Airways recently announced Saturday-only service to Palm Beach, FL (PBI), starting February 19, 2022. The carrier currently offers service from Richmond to Charleston, New Orleans, and Tampa.
  • November’s passenger count represents an approximate 92.3 percent recovery of the pre-pandemic total of 373,149 reported for November 2019, RIC’s record November.
  • November 2021 is the 21st month adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport’s vision is to move people, business, and commerce to advance the Richmond region. To that end, eight major passenger airlines and four dedicated cargo carriers offer domestic service from Richmond International Airport (RIC) with connecting options to points around the globe. Airport activities create nearly 16,000 jobs and contribute $2.1 billion in economic activity annually to the Richmond region, according to the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV). The airport is owned and operated by the Capital Region Airport Commission, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Troy M. Bell, C.M.
Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/PIO
Richmond International Airport

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