Flying Fearless

In April 2021, Buzz by Melissa Howsam1 Comment

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RDU is the first airport in the world to launch travel requirement tool, further increasing passenger confidence.

By mid-March, 1.35 million people were taking to the skies again—a drastic (uplifting) contrast from rock bottom last April (a mere 87K daily), and RDU was on track to have its busiest month since the health crisis began. Now, further lifting passenger confidence, RDU has launched the first-in-the-world real-time interactive safety travel tool on its website.

Remember going places? … Besides from the bed to the dining table to the kitchen (wash, rinse, repeat). Well, cases are down; vaccinations are up—and as vaccine rollout continues to flourish, passenger confidence is quickly on the rise and air travel is skyrocketing.

With Memorial Day on the horizon, air traffic is expected to continue to take flight through summer, with domestic travel being the big draw. At RDU in particular, travelers continue to report confidence in its strict health and safety measures.

Raising the bar a step higher, in March, RDU became the first airport in the world to help passengers travel even smarter by launching a know-before-you-go interactive travel tool on its website that includes all nonstop destinations. So, you simply select your potential destination and get up-to-date real-time info on that locale’s specific travel/entry prerequisites (testing, quarantine, etc.); required travel documentation; arrival instructions; local advisories and regulations; and what’s open—from restaurants to businesses to attractions (

And RDU is poised to soar, having just been named by Delta as one of only two U.S. “focus cities” (the other is Austin) as it looks into the future of travel post-pandemic—think less hub and more resource center. Former focus cities included San Jose ( Silicon Valley), Nashville and Cincy. And doubling down on our market’s potential, Sun Country Airlines will start flying direct to Minneapolis-St. Paul out of RDU in May. Clearly, when it comes to air travel, all eyes are on the Triangle. Here’s what you need to know to resprout your wings and go wheels up at RDU.

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