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Airport Overview

Raleigh Durham Airport, locally known as RDU, is the main airport serving the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas, and the surrounding Research Triangle region of North Carolina. It covers an area of 5,000 acres (2,023 ha).

RDU is located in unincorporated Wake County, but is surrounded by the towns of Morrisville and Cary to the South and by the city of Raleigh to the North and East. The airport is operated by the RDU Airport Authority and is controlled by a board of representatives from the counties of Wake and Durham and the cities of Raleigh and Durham.

Airport Stats & Facts

  • RDU has passenger service to 68 cities with an average of over 450 daily departures.
  • In 2019, over million passengers traveled through Raleigh Airport.
  • According to the FAA, RDU is the 39th largest airport in the U.S. by passenger volume.

Airport Traveling Tips

  • RDU Airport is busiest during the weekday morning hours between 4:00 am - 7:00 am.
  • Arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight departure and 3 hours before an international flight departure to account for TSA security wait times and any possible delays.
  • Take a few minutes to look at the Raleigh Durham Airport map before heading to the airport for a flight to help with orientation.

Flight Status

RDU Airport Terminals

The Airport has two terminals and three concourses. To see the terminal locations and for additional information, please refer to the Raleigh-Durham terminal map.

Terminal 1

It occupies the site of the airport’s original terminal, which opened in 1955 and there are 9 gates on Terminal 1.

Terminal 2

It occupies the site of the former Terminal C, built between 1985 and 1987. There are 36 gates on Terminal 2, 4 of which are international gates.

Airlines Served

Raleigh NC Airport serves various airlines including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, United Airlines, and more.

View the full list of airlines served at RDU Airport.

Airport Parking

Short-term and Long-term Parking:

Parking at RDU Airport is available at the terminals. From hourly and daily parking to long-term parking, there are several parking options at Raleigh Airport.

Off-site Parking:

Many parking lots offer affordable off-site parking near RDU Airport. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24/7 access.

Ground Transportation

After arriving at the airport, passengers have several options for ground transport to their next destination. Some of the transportation options include airport shuttles, car rentals, and buses. In addition, many passengers also utilize ride services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis.

Airport Car Rental

Car Rentals are a breeze at RDU. There are multiple car rental agencies onsite at the airport. Hertz, Enterprise, National, and other well-known car rental providers offer airport travelers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.

Airport Shuttles

Airport Shuttle Services are a great way to travel from Raleigh Durham Airport. With the availability of various shuttle services, you can get a ride to almost any nearby location.

Buses & Trains

Public transportation is available from the airport to all major areas nearby. Pickups are outside Terminal 1 and on lower level baggage claim at Terminal 2.

Amenities & Services at RDU Airport

To help you enjoy your stay, Raleigh Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:

  • Restaurants, cafes, and bars
  • Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops
  • Shoeshine stations and massage bars
  • Multiple art installations and exhibits on display
  • Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the entire airport
  • Currency exchange

Contact Information

Address: 2400 John Brantley Blvd., Morrisville, NC 27560, USA



Phone: (919) 840 2123

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Raleigh Durham International Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • The Raleigh-Durham airport was opened on May 1, 1943.
  • Between 1985 and 1987, American Airlines built a terminal at RDU to house a new hub and flew to 38 cities when the hub started in June 1987.
  • In late 1993, AA began to consider closing the hub.
  • In 2001, the south end of Terminal 1 was extended to include five temporary gates, and they were closed in 2009.
  • On October 26, 2008, Concourse C, a ticketing level, and a baggage claim level were opened at Terminal 2.
  • In 2011, Concourse D was opened at Terminal 2.
  • In 2017, the RDU Airport Authority released its Vision 2040 Master Plan.

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Traveler Help

Questions about RDU? Find answers here.
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Newest Questions

Where is my luggage?

Asked by Linda Graebel - Mon, 10 October

You will need to contact your airline directly with any questions regarding lost luggage. 

How do I connect to Delta baggage claim?

Asked by Henry - Thu, 29 September

You can contact Delta at 800-221-1212 with any baggage claim questions. 

Where are the American Airlines gates?

Asked by Elliot IRA Langman - Tue, 20 September

American Airlines is located at Terminal 2 and uses Gates C-11, C15-18, C21-23, and C-25.

What phone number can I call for the currency exchange desk?

Asked by Michelle R Herbst - Thu, 1 September

Travelex America is usually located in Terminal 2 and can be contacted at  (516) 300-1622, however, it is currently listed as temporarily closed. 

How long does it take to get to check in at American Airlines?

Asked by Martin - Wed, 24 August

It is recommended to arrive 2 hours before your scheduled flight for check-in. 

Are there handicap van rentals are RDU?

Asked by Kim - Tue, 16 August

There are multiple rental options available at this airport. Please see details here

What is the number for lost baggage claim office at airport?

Asked by Mary - Tue, 9 August

You will need to contact your airlines directly with any lost baggage claims. 

How do I contact Lost and found?

Asked by Vanyel Kratz - Thu, 28 July

The phone number for Lost and Found at RDU is (919) 840-7553. They also can be contacted by email at [email protected]

I heard that Economy Parking Lot 4 was closed. Please confirm that Lot 4 is open and the rate is $7 per day.

Asked by Anne - Wed, 27 July

Parking Lot 4 is still currently closed. 

What is the phone number for baggage claim at Raleigh airport?

Asked by Jennifer DeAntoni-Damiani - Tue, 28 June

If you have a baggage claim please contact your airline directly. 

How do I book express parking?

Asked by Chuck - Tue, 3 May

Unfortunately, Express Parking is currently closed. Airport guests may park at Premier, Central or Economy 3 instead. 

Is there a chick-Fil-a here?

Asked by Brenda - Tue, 26 April

There is no Chick-fil-A at this airport. 

Can I meet the passenger at baggage pick-up?

Asked by Beth Tucker - Fri, 8 April

Yes, you are able to meet a passenger at baggage claim after parking your car. 

What time does RDU long term parking open?

Asked by Thomas - Thu, 7 April

All parking options at this airport are open 24 hours. 

What time does the baggage claim close?

Asked by Sandra Johnson - Wed, 23 March

The airport is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. By extension, so is the Baggage Claim area. 

Where should passengers wait to be picked up from the cell phone lot?

Asked by Marcena C Ver Ploeg - Tue, 15 March

For the Cell Phone Parking lot, follow the signs from I-40 to the Cell Lot. There, you can wait with your call and have your passenger call you after they have claimed their bags. Then, you can proceed to the arrivals level of the terminal. 

What terminal does United fly into and what terminal does American fly into?

Asked by richard Barnes - Fri, 4 March

Both United and American operate out of Terminal 2 at this airport. 

Does the airport have a smoking area?

Asked by Marie - Sat, 26 February

Including all the restaurants and bars, smoking is prohibited in all public areas as the airport is a smoke-free facility. Hence before lighting up the smokers must be at least 50 feet away from airport buildings or inside designated smoking areas. 

American Airlines sent my bags to RDU not Fayetteville NC. Can you help me find my bag?

Asked by joy horsley - Fri, 25 February

Please contact American Airlines for help finding your bag. 

Is there a Cellphone Lot?

Asked by Francis - Thu, 24 February

Yes this airport offers a complimentary cell phone lot located just a short distance from the terminals. It is across from Advantage Rent-a-Car.

We have clients booked to travel business class on Icelandair this coming August. Is there a VIP lounge?

Asked by INGO - Wed, 23 February

There is an American Airlines Admirals Club, a Delta Air Sky Club, and a United Club. They are all located in Terminal 2. 

Which Terminal does Alaska Ailrines use?

Asked by herry - Fri, 18 February

Alaska Airlines uses Terminal 2.

What are the rates for hourly parking?

Asked by John - Mon, 14 February

There are 4 types of parking available, including Premier Parking, Central Parking, Express parking, and Economy parking charging different rates for hourly parking. You can visit the RDU Parking page to know about the rates in detail. 

Raleigh-Durham Airport Q&A

Yes. while the official name is Raleigh Durham International Airport, it is also known as RDU.
Raleigh Durham Airport serves nine domestic airlines including Delta, Alaska, American, Jetblue and United.
Located in Wake County, the RDU Airport is around 4.4 miles from Morrisville.
Passengers are permitted to sleep in the airport. It remains open 24 hours a day and visitors can stay inside overnight. We also recommend these awesome RDU layover ideas.
Being one of the busiest airports, you can fly to many cities from Raleigh Airport. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can fly from the airport.