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Located midway between Raleigh and Durham, the airport opened in 1943 to serve a growing community's air transportation needs. Today, RDU includes about 5,000 acres of land and two primary runways.

The runways - 10,000 feet and 7,500 feet long - are oriented northeast-southwest. Each is used for about half of RDU's takeoffs and landings. A third primary runway — 9,500 feet long — is planned to be built parallel to and west of our two primary runways when demand requires it. A 3,550-foot southeast-northwest runway is used occasionally for smaller, propeller-driven general aviation planes.

The airport operates 24 hours a day. Some takeoffs and landings occur between 12 midnight and 6 a.m.

To meet the increasing demand for air transportation in the Triangle and to guide airport growth, RDU has developed a Long-Range Plan that includes a planned third primary runway. Information about the plan and its impact on aircraft noise is available from the Airport Authority Noise Office at 919-840-2100.

Small Jet Sound Exposure Levels (PDF document)
Boeing 737 Noise Contours (PDF document)


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