Richmond International Airport is a joint civil-military airport in Sandston, Virginia, United States, an unincorporated community in Henrico County. It is owned and operated by the Capital Region Airport Commission.
RIC airport is about 7 miles (11 km) southeast of downtown Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Airport Stats & Facts
- RIC covers 2,500 acres (1,012 ha) of land.
- Richmond International Airport is the busiest airport in central Virginia.
- In 2016, Richmond recorded its second highest yearly passenger volume.
- In 2018, RIC set an all time passenger record of 4,077,763, an 11.5% increase over 2017.
Airport Traveling Tips
- Travelers are recommended to arrive in the terminal approximately 90 minutes prior to departure on non-peak travel days, and two hours prior to departure during peak travel periods.
- Passengers should make sure they do not have any sharp items, such as nail clippers, scissors, pocket knives, and metal nail files in carry-on luggage.
- Baggage must never be left unattended in public areas.
- Please have a look at the RIC Airport Map before visiting the airport.
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- Passengers can be picked up and dropped-off outside the terminal.
- If you have to wait for the arriving passengers, use the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located just off Terminal Drive near the main entry plaza. Vehicles must be attended at all times.
- Arrival flight status provides the arrival times, gate information, delays, and time to land for the Richmond Airport.
- Departing flight status lists scheduled vs actual departure, gate information, map tracking, and flight delays.
- To get the best fares, book a flight at RIC here.
Richmond International Airport has a two-level terminal featuring upper-level departure and lower-level arrival areas, plus spacious ticketing and baggage claim halls.
To see the terminal locations and for more information, please refer to the RIC Terminal Map here.
The various airlines served at Richmond International include JetBlue, Delta Connection, American Eagle, and more.
View the full list of airlines served at RIC Airport here.
Daily Garage Parking
The daily parking is located a few quick steps away from the terminal building and perfect for travelers who value proximity.
Daily: $12/day or
RIC offers parking spaces for hourly use on the first level of our parking garages. Hourly parking is a few quick steps away from the terminal building and perfect for picking up and dropping off travelers.
Less than 60 minutes - Free
Many transport options are available for passengers from Richmond Airport. There are plenty of options for traveling including rental cars, bus, shuttle, taxi, rideshare services, etc.
There are nine rental car agencies located on site at Richmond Airport. The counters are located near the central entrance of the terminal building on the lower level.
Passengers can find taxis at the airport in the center section of the lower level curbside, adjacent to the North and South parking garages (follow the Ground Transportation signs). Service runs from first flight departure to last flight arrival.
The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) provides high-frequency public bus service to and from Richmond International Airport, as well as other Richmond locations.
Amenities & Services
For visitors to have a great stay, Richmond International Airport provides plenty of amenities and services including:
- Store, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Restaurants, bars, and cafes.
- Shoeshine stations, and massage bars.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the airport.
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
- Vending machines, and banks/ATMs.
Address: 1 Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr, Richmond, VA 23250, USA
Phone: (804) 226 3000
Richmond Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- In 1927, the airport was dedicated as Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field.
- In 1950, it was renamed Richard E. Byrd Airport.
- The April 1957 Official Airline Guide lists 43 weekday departures: 22 on Eastern Air Lines, ten on Piedmont Airlines, five on American Airlines, four on National Airlines and two on Capital Airlines.
- In 1984, it became Richmond International Airport.
- The airport was expanded from 1968 to 1970, which included the current passenger concourses.
- In the mid 1970s United Airlines scheduled a daily round trip between Richmond and Los Angeles (LAX) with a Douglas DC-8-61 via Dulles International Airport.
- The February 15, 1985 OAG listed five airlines serving Richmond with jet aircraft including Delta Air Lines, Eastern, Piedmont, United and USAir.
- By 1986, Wheeler Airlines had a small hub at the airport and had added nonstop flights from Charleston, WV and Parkersburg, WV.
- In the early 2000s Richmond saw another period of extensive growth, and in 2005 it announced a complete redesign.
- In 2016 RIC reported its 32nd consecutive month of growth, with an estimated 345,000 travelers reported in October 2016. Several airlines serving RIC have responded to growing demand with upgraded routes and aircraft.