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Richmond International Airport (RIC) Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport

1 Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr, Richmond, Virginia 23250, USA
+1 804 226 3000
+1 804 226 8585 (Lost + Found)
Richmond International Airport - All Information on Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (IATA: RIC, ICAO: KRIC, FAA LID: RIC) is in Sandston, Virginia, United States. It is approximately 11 kilometers southeast of downtown Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Richmond International Airport is the busiest airport in central Virginia and is considered one of the busiest airports in the state, behind Washington D.C.'s two major airports, Washington Dulles and Washington National.

Richmond International Airport covers more than 1,012 hectares and sits 51 meters above sea level at 37°30′18″N and 077°19′10″W.

Arrivals, Departures and Airlines at Richmond International Airport

History of Richmond International Airport

The airport was dedicated as Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field in 1927 in honor of aviator Richard E. Byrd, brother of then-Gov. Harry F. Byrd.

In 1950, it was renamed Richard E. Byrd Airport and became Richmond International Airport in 1984.

A terminal building designed by Marcellus Wright and Son was completed in 1950.

In the 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 DC-8-61 was most likely the largest passenger airliner ever scheduled to the airport.

United was also flying Boeing 727-200s and Boeing 737-200s to the airport, including nonstop flights to Washington D.C. National Airport in addition to Dulles.

February 15, 1985, OAG listed five airlines serving Richmond with jet aircraft, including Delta Air Lines, Eastern, Piedmont, United, and USAir.

In the early 2000s, Richmond saw another period of extensive growth, and in 2005 it announced a complete redesign. RIC went from a single-story terminal with 12 gates to 22 gates and created a new terminal roadway and air traffic control tower.

In 2016 Richmond recorded its second-highest yearly passenger volume, and RIC plans an expansion, starting in the fall of 2018.

Several airlines serving RIC have responded to growing demand with upgraded routes and aircraft. Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines have added additional routes and larger aircraft in 2017.

In 2017 the airport served 3,657,479 passengers, a record for the airport, breaking its previous record of 3,634,544 in 2007. The following year, it set an all-time passenger record of 4,077,763.

RIC is served by airlines flying primarily domestic routes to cities in the South, Northeast, and Midwest, and connecting flights to major hubs for international destinations.

In 2021, its busiest routes include Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois, Orlando, Florida, Denver, Colorado, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, LaGuardia, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Transfer Services at Richmond International Airport

The airport provides several modes of efficient transportation for its customers.

Services to/from RIC, including rental cars, taxis, rideshares, shuttles, and buses are available at the Ground Transportation Center.

Rental Car Services at Richmond International Airport

You can check out the car rental companies close to the central entrance of the terminal, on the Lower Level.

They are generally open 24/7. Please inquire at your service provider for specific service hours and return procedures.

When ready to return your vehicle to the car rental center, remove all personal items before turning over the rented vehicle to the designated facility.

Allow plenty of time for your drive when returning the vehicle. If you’re not sure where to go, give the rental company a call. See and compare all rental car companies at Richmond International Airport.

For item(s) lost and found inside the vehicle, please contact the rental car company directly.

For item(s) left on a rental car center shuttle bus, contact Airport Lost and Found, or call them at + 1 804-226-8585.

Ride Shares at Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport provides the convenience of accessing rideshare vehicles in front of the Airport Terminal Grounds.

Passengers can reserve rideshare by downloading the company’s app on their smartphone and coordinating directly with their driver.

They can also request a ride a few days before their flight to avoid the inconvenience.

Ridesharing apps should let users verify the identity of drivers by checking out their faces, license plates, and colors.

Taxis at Richmond International Airport

Upon exit from the Baggage Claim area, proceed to the Ground Transportation Center for your taxi.

One-way fare between the airport and Downtown is about $40.00, plus additional charges. If you need to travel outside the city area, please consult your driver for rates. It is customary to give the driver a tip (15-20% of the fare) for good service.

Keep a record of the cab company, vehicle number, and the driver's name when traveling to and from the airport, just in case you leave something behind. See more information about taxis at Richmond International Airport.

Trains at Richmond International Airport

Although there are no train stations at the airport, the Richmond Main Street Station (Amtrak train station) is near downtown Richmond. More information about train services near Richmond International Airport.

Passengers can quickly get there by taxi for less than $40.00.

Buses at Richmond International Airport

Bus route 7A / 7B leads to Nine Mile Henrico, linking Richmond Airport with downtown.

A one-way fare starts at $1.50. Discounts apply to qualified passengers. More information about buses to and from Richmond International Airport.

Public Bus Stops at the following locations every 30 minutes:

  • Richmond International Airport
  • Lauburum & Audubon
  • Nine Mile & Dakar
  • Nine Mile & Eastgate Boulevard
  • Nine Mile Road & 27th
  • 21st & Marshall
  • Transfer Plaza Bay G.

Hotel Shuttle Services at Richmond International Airport

Many hotels in Richmond provide shuttle services. Passengers may confirm with their local hotel if this is available at their accommodation.

Shuttles pick up and drop passengers in front of the terminal building.

Parking at Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport provides safe and comfortable parking spaces for thousands of vehicles at any time. These parking facilities are secured and open 24/7.

Cash and credit card payments are accepted. See more information about short and long term parking at Richmond International Airport.

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Wi-Fi at Richmond International Airport

Free Wi-Fi is available at the airport. Connect to the “RIC” network.

ATMs at Richmond International Airport

ATMs are available in the upper level of the terminal near the entrance to concourse B and the lobby of each parking garage.

Currency Exchange at Richmond International Airport

Foreign currency exchange is available at the full-service bank located in the main lobby of the ground floor.

Nursing Stations at Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport now has a dedicated nursing room for traveling breastfeeding and breast-pumping moms located in the B console.

If the lactation room has a long wait, you can use the family restrooms located adjacent to the upper-level ticketing lobby, Baggage Claim area in Concourse A and B.

Nursing mothers requiring some privacy may ask for further assistance at the airport Help Desk counter.

Restrooms at Richmond International Airport

Accessible restrooms and regular restrooms are throughout the airport.

Food and Beverages at Richmond International Airport

There are food and beverages shops throughout the airport terminals. Most food concessions operate on varying schedules.

Shopping at Richmond International Airport

You can do some last-minute shopping inside the facility.

Smoking at Richmond International Airport

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals. Please follow smoking regulations at the facility.

Lost and Found Section at Richmond International Airport

For items lost on the aircraft or at the gate area, please contact the respective airlines lost and found.

If you lost an item in any other area at the airport, including the security checkpoints and shuttle buses, please contact the Lost and Found Office at +1 804-226-8585.

You can also complete the Lost and Found process at the Information Desk in the main lobby.

When leaving your details for lost items(s), please include your full name, contact details, phone, email, and a description of the item(s).

The airport will keep all lost and found items for a considerable time of at least 30 days. After said period, the property will be deemed abandoned.

Please talk to the airport representative at the counter.

Ticketing at Richmond International Airport

Please look for overhead signs pointing in the direction of ticketing areas at the terminals. Each airline has its operating hours, but typically, airlines open their ticket counters two hours before departure time, even for early morning flights.

Generally, payment by cash or checks is not accepted at American airports. Please consult your air carrier or travel agent for more details.

Information Desk at Richmond International Airport

The Airport Information Center is in the main lobby.

Pet Relief at Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport pet relief areas are located outside the terminal. There are two conveniently located pet relief areas for your four-legged travel companions.

These two lush grassy areas are located between the parking garage and the terminal. Waste bags and trash receptacles are provided, as well as bench seating, in the clean, well-kept area.

Signage to these pet areas is located inside the terminal. Passengers should contact their airlines for specific policies and fares for transporting pets in cargo or for traveling with a pet or service animal.

Animals are not permitted at the airport unless they are in proper pet carriers to assist disabled individuals.

Baggage Claim at Richmond International Airport

There are six baggage claim carousels centrally located in the lower level of Richmond International Airport's new terminal building.

Please retrieve luggage at your designated Baggage Claim area at the Ground Level of the terminal. Carts are available to assist passengers with special needs.

In the case of missing items, contact your respective airline or their airline ticket counter. Passengers can also inquire from the Information Desk for further assistance.

Airport Lost and Found Phone: +1 804-226-8585.

When leaving a message, include your name, email, contact phone number, and a brief description of the lost item(s).

Disabled Passengers at Richmond International Airport

The airport is fully accessible to passengers with special needs, and wheelchairs are allowed to the gates and aircraft doors.

Travelers with disabilities or medical needs who have questions about the policies or procedures at security checkpoints can call +1 804-226-3000.

Additionally, they may notify the airline, travel agent, ticketing agent, flight attendant, or gate agent when carts, wheelchairs, or medical transportation is needed.

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Richmond International Airport Contacts

Address: 1 Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr, Richmond, Virginia 23250, USA
General Phone: +1 804-226-3000
General Email:
Lost and Found Email:
Lost and Found Phone: +1 804-226-8585
Official Website:

Local Information

Drive on: Right
Electricity: 120V/60Hz.
Plug: A, B
Currency: USD, US$, $
Wi-Fi at Airport: Free Wi-Fi is available at the airport. Connect to the “RIC” network.

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