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Raleigh Durham added 8 airlines since 2022; welcomed a record 14.5+ million passengers in 2023

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Few mid-sized US airports have welcomed so many new airlines recently as Raleigh Durham, which includes a raft of international operators. They have contributed to the airport having a record-high traffic volume in 2023. It welcomed just over 14.5 million passengers, about 2% higher than in 2019.

Top 10 Raleigh Durham passengers W23

Eight airlines added since 2022

The three additional carriers in 2024 – Aeromexico, Copa and Lufthansa – will bring three brand-new destinations to Raleigh Durham’s network. The new airlines came as ULCC Allegiant pulled out of the airport in November 2022, by which time it had only one route to Punta Gorda.

  • 1 July 2024: Aeromexico to Mexico City (daily)
  • 21 June 2024: Copa to Panama City (4-weekly)
  • 6 June 2024: Lufthansa to Frankfurt (5-weekly)
  • 30 October 2023: Air France to Paris CDG (3-weekly in winter, daily in summer); replaced Delta
  • 16 February 2023: Breeze; now multiple routes
  • 17 November 2022: Bahamasair to Freeport (2-weekly)
  • 26 May 2022: Avelo; now multiple routes
  • 12 May 2022: Icelandair (4-weekly, rising to daily in summer)

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American is Raleigh Durham’s largest airline

Examining Cirium schedules information data for W23 indicates that American is Raleigh Durham’s leading airline. Comparing data to W19 shows that Delta was first then. But its capacity decline and American’s growth have altered the rankings.

American has more than one million departing seats and almost a third of the airport’s total (29%). The carrier and its regional American Eagle unit have non-stop flights to 17 destinations this season, although some routes ended earlier in the season.

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Top 10 Raleigh Durham Airlines

Avelo and Breeze have just 4% of seats

The two carriers, which were part of the eight additional operators list, remain small at Raleigh Durham. They collectively have about 4% of available seats, not helped by infrequent service and, in Breeze’s case, low-capacity aircraft. However, they play an important role in launching unserved routes, some of which have never been served before. They include the following, some of which start in S23:

  • 23 May 2024: Breeze to Burlington (2-weekly)
  • 3 May 2024: Breeze to White Plains (2-weekly)
  • 2 February 2024: Breeze to Akron Canton (2-weekly)
  • 21 June 2023: Avelo to Manchester (NH; 2- to 4-weekly)
  • 14 June 2023: Avelo to Rochester (NY; 2- to 4-weekly)
  • 26 May 2022: Avelo to Tweed New Haven (6-weekly)

58 destinations served non-stop this winter

Six of the 58 destinations are international: Cancun, Freeport, Keflavik, London LHR, Paris CDG and Toronto YYZ. This coming summer, the launch of Lufthansa to Frankfurt means that Raleigh Durham will have non-stop flights to four European airports, the most to date.

Raleigh Durham’s domestic winter network comprises 52 destinations in 30 states. Not surprisingly, hub, big city and leisure routes dominate the top 10 list. Number one is Atlanta, 575 kilometres away. It is served 79-weekly in mid-February by Delta (58), Southwest (15) and Frontier (6).

Top 10 Raleigh Durham destinations W23

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