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Richmond International Airport | RIC

Search and buy flights to Richmond International Airport using the search bar above. Read on to discover what this airport has to offer, including it's facilities, technical information, airlines that fly there and their destinations.

About Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport (IATA: RIC) is an airport located in Sandston, Virginia, US, just outside of Richmond. It is a joint-use airport between civil population and the military. The airport is currently the busiest airport in central Virginia, and also the 3rd-busiest within the state of Virginia, after Washington D.C.'s two major airports (Washington Dulles and Washington National). In 2018, the airport dealt with 4,077,763 passengers from over 100,000 aircraft operations.

The airport as we know it was first established in 1975 and is owned by the Capital Region Airport Commission, although the airport was originally an airfield in 1927, called Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field. In 1950, the airport was renamed to Richard E. Byrd Airport, the same year that the terminal was completed. The airport was eventually renamed to its current form, Richmond International Airport in 1984. The 2000s saw the airport grow extensively, with renovation announced for the airport in 2005. The renovation resulted in a single-story terminal with 22 gates, upgraded parking facilities, a new terminal road and also an ATC (air traffic control tower). Following this, the airport announced that starting late 2018, they would expand the airport further, adding gates to the concourse and expanding the security area in concourse B.

Richmond International Airport Location

The airport is located 7 miles southeast of downtown Richmond, which is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is actually located in nearby Sandston. The exact location can be seen on the map below:


RIC currently covers 2,500 acres of land, including its runway, terminal building and offices. The newly renovated terminal building contains plenty to keep you occupied whilst waiting for your flight.

Facilities Include:

Free WiFi


Baby care rooms

Nursing rooms

Baggage Carts

Banking services

Business Center including workstations and free WiFi

Interfaith Chapel

Food and Drink concessions

Information Desk

Lounges Include:

USO Military Lounge: Available for active members of the military and their families, travellers can use the USO Lounge at RIC. Includes complimentary snacks, hot food and drinks, computers and laptops, charging stations, video games, DVD players and TVs, board games, library, children's play area and toiletries.


Direction Length (m) Length (ft) Surface
16/34 2,744 9,003 Asphalt
2/20 2,014 6,607 Asphalt
7/25 1,623 5,326 Asphalt


There is currently only one terminal at RIC. This was most recently renovated in spring 2007, where it was transformed from a single-story terminal with 12 gates, to a two-level terminal with 22 gates. However, the number of gates is expected to increase to 28 or 30 at the end of the upcoming renovations.

Airlines that fly to Richmond International Airport

Allegiant Air American Airlines American Eagle
Delta Air Lines Delta Connection JetBlue
Southwest Airlines Spirit Airlines United Airlines
United Express    

Top Destinations

Popular Domestic Destinations


The following table comes from the 2016-17 data, of the busiest domestic routes departing RIC.

Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 521,230 Delta, Southwest
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 325,810 American
3 Boston, Massachusetts 161,120 Delta, JetBlue
4 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 120,970 American, United
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 120,720 American
6 New York-La Guardia, New York 111,230 American, Delta
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 99,980 American
8 Newark, New Jersey 73,740 United
9 Orlando, Florida 72,800 JetBlue, Spirit
10 Detroit, Michigan 70,750 Delta
11 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 69,900 JetBlue, Spirit
12 Washington-Dulles, D.C. 58,010 United
13 Denver, Colorado 57,990 United
14 New York-JFK, New York 57,600 Delta
15 Houston, Texas 35,580 United


How to get to Richmond International Airport

By Road

There is easy access to the airport from the I-64, I-295, Pocahontas Parkway and I-85, all of which will have directions and signposts to the airport.

By Public Transport

To get to Richmond Airport via bus, you can use the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), which connects the airport to the surrounding areas of Richmond.

By Rental Car

There are car rental services and companies which are located on the lower ground floor of the airport, near the entrance. Choose from companies such as Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz or National.

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