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How many airplanes pass through Richmond International Airport each year?
Between eight major carriers and their respective regional affiliates, approximately 180 flights are offered every day. This impressive statistic is only the beginning: let’s take a closer look at the inner-workings of the Richmond International Airport (RIC). Outside, there are around 11,000 parking spaces available for travelers in the form of parking garages and surface/economy lots. The average rate of occupancy for any given day is estimated to be between 55 and 65 percent.

Moving inside the airport, a staff of 2,500 is responsible for overseeing a sea of around 15,000 people on a day-to-day basis. Of those 15,000 people, approximately 9,100 are passengers, while the others are deemed “meeters and greeters.” All those passengers come with some baggage; approximately 232,000 pounds of baggage, in fact. Talk about a busy day!

The Richmond International Airport receives and dispatches different types of aircraft operations and was responsible for handling 103,810 flights in 2010. The breakdown was as follows: 26,538 air carrier, 42,236 air taxi, 26,785 general aviation and 8,251 military operations. While all this hustle and bustle certainly sounds stressful, the airport keeps the atmosphere pleasant and bright by displaying exhibitions by Virginia artists in the terminals, thanks to RIC’s partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Richmond International Airport also keeps its passengers happy by offering free WiFi and recharge stations at every gate. RIC was a free WiFi pioneer among United States airports and has been offering this convenient service since April 2003. Services like these make RIC a popular airport, which is reflected in its ranking as the most-followed North American airport on Twitter.

Do you have a question about something in Henrico County? E-mail us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Tweet us @henricocitizen and we may answer it in a future Citizen Finds Out segment. If we use your question, you’ll receive four free tickets to a Richmond Flying Squirrels game!


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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