Raleigh-Durham International Airport (KRDU)

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is an international airport located in unincorporated Wake County, about 15 miles northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city. Its airport code is RDU, and it is the main airport for the Research Triangle region, which encompasses Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. It is the second-busiest airport in the state, with about 400 daily departures.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport Aircraft

Raleigh-Durham International Airport typically handles 400 daily departures on average. In 2021, it saw over 170,000 airport movements. In addition to airline and private jet flights, RDU houses very active cargo facilities, including those for FedEx and UPS. The North and South Cargo areas process more than 136 tons of cargo daily.

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Private Jets That Can Land at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Thanks to the different-sized runways at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, several kinds of private jets can fly into and take off from the airport. However, because most private aircraft utilize the general aviation runway, some jets may be too big to fly into RDU.

Light Jets

Light jets typically need about 3,000 feet to take off, so most can take off from RDU’s general aviation runway. Some standouts include the Citation Encore+, which seats up to nine passengers, and the Phenom 300, which has a range of almost 2,000 nautical miles.

Very Light Jets

Very light jets are also a great option that can take off and land on the general aviation runway at RDU. These jets usually need less than 3,000 feet to take off and land. One example of a very light jet is the Eclipse 550, which seats between 4 and 6 people and has lots of storage space. Another option is the Vision Jet, which seats between 6 and 7 people and has state-of-the-art safety features.

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