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RDU Update

April 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm +01


April 7, 2021


Zoom Conference


Noon – 1:00pm (est)



Raleigh-Durham International Airport Update

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on RDU Airport’s once booming business with the demand for air travel plunging to unprecedented lows amid the global health crisis. RDU’s President and CEO, Michael Landguth, believes it will take until 2025 to rejuvenate RDU’s business, budget and international flights to the levels we saw at the start of 2020. 

In this program we’ll discuss the turbulence of 2020 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the short and long-term effects of having to work with a “survival budget” which was designed to keep the lights on during the pandemic, cut spending by nearly half and defer $96 million in construction projects.  What future funding sources will RDU need in effort to bounce back to a pre-pandemic level of operation?  How does the current position of RDU and the recovery process affect the local economy and quality of life?  How can we, the business community of the Greater Triangle area, help RDU gain economic recovery faster?

Register by Monday, April 5th at 5:00 pm to ensure a spot for this TCREW event!

A special THANK YOU to our sponsor JE DUNN CONSTRUCTION

Image courtesy of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

About Michael Landguth

Michael Landguth is RDU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. With nearly 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, Landguth is responsible for overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations at RDU. Prior to joining RDU, he served as chief executive officer and president of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority after also holding the position of director of airport operations within the organization. Landguth holds both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He was selected as the 2016 Airport Revenue News Medium HUB Airport Director of the Year and serves on the board of directors for the Airports Council International – North America. He is also a board member for both the Raleigh and Durham Chambers of Commerce. In 2017, Landguth was named CEO of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal and is a North Carolina Airports Association President’s Award recipient.


April 7, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm +01
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