https://flyrichmond.com/airport-awards- ... n-project/September 25, 2018
Airport Awards $28.488 Million Concourse A Extension Project
August Passenger Traffic Sets New, All-Time Monthly Record at RIC
Richmond International Airport, VA – September 25, 2018
At its monthly meeting, the Capital Region Airport Commission today awarded the Concourse A Extension Project of Richmond International Airport (RIC) to W.M. Schlosser Company, Inc., of Hyattsville, Maryland. The company’s bid of $28,488,000 was within two percent of the cost estimate for the project.
“The Concourse A Extension project award is timely as the Airport has seen a consistent increase in flights and passenger traffic since 2013,” said Airport Commission chairman Aubrey M. Stanley. “While we can clearly meet immediate needs, the Commission intends to make critical infrastructure available ahead of demand so that Richmond International Airport can continue to meet growing needs of Virginia’s Capital Region.”
Concourse A Expansion Facts:
Upon completion, the project will add six additional gates to Concourse A, bringing the Airport’s total gate count to 28.
While the existing terminal meets current needs, the Airport has recognized demand for more overnight aircraft parking positions. The six-gate expansion of Concourse A will create space for future airline growth.
The project creates 60,000 square feet of space for airline operations, customer hold rooms, retail and restaurant locations, office space for tenants, and new public restrooms.
The project will be funded by passenger facility charges (PFCs) and local (Commission) funds.
A notice to proceed is expected to be issued in mid-November, with Phase I civil construction (utilities) underway shortly thereafter.
The estimated duration of the project is 450 calendar days (15 months), resulting in a completion target of March 2020.
Record-Setting Passenger Activity in August
Richmond International Airport reports a new, all-time monthly passenger traffic record of 383,272 travelers in August 2018. This is the fourth occasion since last October that an all-time monthly record has been reported by RIC.
For August 2018, RIC notes a 13.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic versus the same period a year ago. Delta Air Lines led the market with a 34.6 percent share of passengers, followed by American and United. Four incumbent airlines, United (+27.0 percent), Delta (+13.1 percent), American, and Southwest, reported growth from the same period a year ago. Spirit, a new-entrant carrier with service to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, captured a four percent share of passenger traffic. Additionally, Allegiant, offering twice-weekly service to three cities, reported a 56 percent increase in its passenger count with the addition of new service to Nashville (BNA).
The Airport has reported eleven consecutive record passenger traffic months. With the August report, all monthly passenger records, many previously dating back to 2007 and 2008, have been surpassed in the last two years. For the calendar year to date, passenger traffic has increased 10.7 percent.
In addition to passenger traffic gains, the airport saw August increases in other key performance areas:
Total cargo, the sum of freight and mail, increased 9.8 percent to 12.95 million pounds.
Aircraft operations increased 7.8 percent from a year ago, with general aviation (+21.7%), air carrier, and air taxi operations all reporting growth.
See RIC’s monthly stat recap here.
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Ryan Ramsey || Site Administrator
I’m really excited for this one. Hopefully, this project opens the door to expanded service to and from RIC. Would love to see Richmond a focus city of some airline willing to take the plunge. We shall see what happens. RIC officials are, of course, downplaying any hint of expanded service...except that I did read in a press release about this expansion once that quoted the airport CEO saying that RIC has been hit up by several airlines wanting to expand service. Not sure to what extent, but it sure sounds promising!
Update to thread, I've moved to this to the new sub-forum.
Ryan Ramsey || Site Administrator