RDU sees record-breaking growth in 2017

January 23, 2018 GMT

More people than ever before traveled through Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2017, breaking last year’s record by a half-million people, according to airport officials.

RDU counted 11.6 million total passengers in 2017, a 5.6 percent increase compared to 2016.

“We are grateful that central North Carolina is responding so well to new flights at RDU,” said Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Landguth. “Affordable fares and lots of nonstop options powered our growth in 2017. As we look ahead, we are encouraged by strong demand that will fuel growth in 2018 and beyond.”


In 2017, air carriers added nine new routes, including nonstop service to San Francisco aboard Virgin America.

Two new cities were added to the RDU route map, including Austin, via Delta and Frontier, and New Orleans, via Allegiant and Southwest.

Other new routes included:

Delta Air Lines remains RDU’s largest airline by market share at 28.7 percent, followed by American at 25.54 percent and Southwest at 23.03 percent.

Allegiant grew the most in 2017 with 26.8 percent year-over-year growth.

International passenger traffic grew by 28.9 percent compared to 2017, and the number of charter flights also grew by 24.4 percent.