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RDU sets passenger record after Mother’s Day, grad weekend

Nearly 59,000 passengers passed through the RDU terminals on Monday, May 13, setting a record for single-day passenger traffic, officials said.

The new record, attributed to Mother’s Day and graduation traffic, marks a 6.1% increase over the previous high set in October 2023.

“We anticipate the demand for air travel will continue to grow in June and July as airlines expand their schedules and RDU welcomes three new international destinations,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

In the coming months, airlines will be expanding routes and adding new destinations. Breeze Airways recently added flights to White Plains, New York, and will begin flying to Burlington, Vermont, Syracuse, and Portland, Maine in late May. Service to West Palm Beach will commence in June. Frontier Airlines will provide service to Milwaukee and Hartford in May. Avelo Airlines added a new destination when it launched flights to Albany last week. In June and July, RDU will welcome three new international airlines. Lufthansa will begin service to Frankfurt, Germany, Aeromexico will launch flights to Mexico City and Copa Airlines will start flying to Panama City.

Help with parking: To help ease travel as demand increases, RDU has recently added a parking guidance system to help travelers find available parking spaces. The system displays the number of open parking spaces by level, and red, green and blue overhead lights indicate occupied, open, and handicapped spots. The airport says that the parking guidance system can help guests find a parking space up to 63% faster compared to decks without one.

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