The Citizen Finds Out
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.
For the third consecutive year, the Canterbury Recreation Association in Short Pump donated the most meals to the fourth-annual "Dunk Hunger" campaign, which raises money and food donations for FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. Swim teams and community pools throughout the region combined to raise the equivalent of 77,404 meals this year, with the Canterbury group earning the Gold Medal, with 17,454 meals contributed.
CRA will earn a winners’ bash Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its pool on Pump Road.
“Our pool has adopted Dunk Hunger into its culture with fun ways to raise food and funds," said Canterbury’s Dunk Hunger chairman Jack McSorley, a Freeman High School junior. > Read more.
The last Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer outdoor concert at West Broad Village, scheduled Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Short Pump, will feature a salute to the upcoming UCI Road World Cycling Championships, coming to the Richmond region next month. As an all-girl band entertains the public with an AC/DC and Foreigner tribute, representatives from West Broad Village will accept donations of children’s new and lightly used bicycles for redistribution to youngsters at the Virginia Homes for Boys and Girls. > Read more.
CAT Theatre is hosting the Red Eye 10s Coast-to-Coast Play Festival Sept. 18-19. Hosts of the festival across the country cast, rehearse and perform six, contest-winning ten-minute plays from MFA students at Hollins University in the same twenty-four hour period.
On Sept. 18, CAT will host a kick-off meeting at which the plays will be randomly cast and actors will meet with their directors and read the play for the first time. From 9 p.m. until 5 p.m. the following day, casts will rehearse in different venues in the region, convening at CAT in the late afternoon for technical rehearsals. > Read more.
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