Updated Feb 5, 2024 - News

Map: Nonstop international flights from RDU

Nonstop international flights from RDU
Data: Axios Research; Graphic: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios

Raleigh-Durham International Airport has increasingly been living up to the international part of its name.

Why it matters: For decades, RDU was a small regional airport with few nonstop flights out of the country. Many routes required connecting through larger airports in the U.S.

  • As the Triangle has grown, so has the airport and its attractiveness to airlines.

RDU now serves 10 international cities with direct flights.

  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Freeport, Bahamas
  • Keflavík, Iceland
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Montreal
  • Panama City
  • Paris
  • Toronto

What's next: Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration approved a $500 million plan to replace RDU's main runway.

  • The new runway will be 600 feet longer, allowing planes to carry more fuel and passengers.
  • That could pave the way for more long-distance flights.
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