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.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Disney has spent the past few years in search of that certain something; that ‘Disney Magic.’ It’s been a slow process. From The Princess and the Frog to Tangled to Wreck-it Ralph, the studio took slow steps, welcoming its princesses and fairy tales and musical numbers back into the fold. Every film was an improvement on the last, but none of them had anywhere near the charm or lasting appeal of the early ‘90s highs of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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