Richmond International Airport named Most Efficient Airport in North America

Aerial view of Richmond International Airport VA.
JOE MAHONEY, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Richmond International Airport (RIC), VA has recently received a prestigious accolade, having been named as the Most Efficient Airport in North America.

The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) awarded RIC the title of the Most Efficient Airport in North America during their 26th World Conference held in Kobe, Japan, on July 2 2023.

A first for Richmond International

This notable recognition becomes Richmond’s first win from the esteemed ATRS, a highly regarded aviation research society known for its comprehensive analysis and evaluation of airports worldwide.

Perry J. Miller, A.A.E., I.A.P, the President and CEO of RIC, expressed his elation over the airport’s achievement: “We are thrilled to win this award, and we could not have done it without our fantastic team.”

“As an economic engine for our region for nearly a century, generating approximately $2.1 billion in economic impact annually, our commitment to delivering an extraordinary travel experience is unwavering. RIC and the Greater Richmond region have so much to offer, and we want the world to know it.”

The award assessment

The ATRS awards airports are based on various performance indicators including productivity, operating and management efficiency, airport charge comparisons, and more.

RIC’s commitment became evident through recent initiatives and updates undertaken by the airport. In 2021, RIC embarked on facility improvements aimed at welcoming international travelers.


Notably, these enhancements included the successful completion of the Concourse A expansion, the expansion of ramp space, and upgrades to customs facilities to align with global travel protocols.

These developments have positioned RIC as a forward-thinking airport, dedicated to providing world-class services.

“Best Little Big Airport”

The airport’s dedication to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Last year, Richmond International Airport was honored with the title of the “Best Little Big Airport” in the world by Business Focus Magazine.

Building on this success, RIC has further expanded its direct service options by an impressive 36% this year, offering passengers greater convenience and connectivity.

The positive impact of RIC extends beyond its operational achievements. Frank Thornton, Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, acknowledged the airport’s contribution to local business vitality, resident satisfaction, and increased tourism spending.

Thornton remarks, “RIC’s commitment to continuous improvement is commendable. Their introduction of new and affordable nonstop flight options to popular destinations such as San Francisco and New Orleans has had a significant positive impact on RIC and our region.”

And no signs of slowing down…

Looking ahead, RIC shows no signs of slowing down according to its CEO. “If you have the same flight pattern, you’ll keep arriving at the same destination,” notes Miller.

“We are laying new groundwork to grow as an airport of choice, leading the way in shaping the future of our industry.” RIC has further exciting projects in the pipeline, including expanding flight availability to destinations in Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan.

Additionally, the airport aims to build a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a hands-on learning center for the next generation of aviation professionals.

Miller promises that RIC’s future endeavors will surpass their already impressive achievements, leaving passengers and industry insiders alike thrilled with what lies ahead.

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