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The Table with Gene Richards, Aviation Director of Burlington International Airport


Ivory Free Vermont at BTV

Ivory Free Vermont hosted an event at BTV on March 16th to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of importing, selling and possessing ivory or rhinoceros horns. You can read more about the event and watch the full interview here. Gravity, an elephant art piece created to reflect the crisis, is currently on display at the Burlington International Airport.

Transatlantic Flight Discussions at BTV

Channel 5 News interviewed a few staff members from the BTV administration office regarding the possibility of adding international flights in the near future. You may read their comments and watch the full interview at the link below:

American Airlines Adding New, Non-Stop Flight from BTV to Charlotte

– Mayor Miro Weinberger and Aviation Director Gene Richards, joined by Secretary of Vermont Agency of Transportation Sue Minter, and other airport officials and stakeholders, today welcomed the news that American Airlines will be adding new, non-stop air service from Burlington International Airport (BTV) to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).  The new service between BTV and CLT will launch on Aug. 18, 2015, and flights became available for purchase this past Saturday.  The Charlotte flight will be operated with an American Airlines 80-seat Embraer E-175 aircraft, featuring First Class and Main Cabin seating, as well as in-flight Wi-Fi service.    

“Today’s announcement marks another important step in the right direction for the Burlington International Airport and the region’s economy,” said Mayor Weinberger.  “Burlington, our neighbors, and people all over Vermont are fortunate to have this added opportunity to more easily reach their business or personal travel destinations.  We thank American Airlines for its confidence in Burlington and welcome its Burlington to Charlotte service to our Airport.  I appreciate all that Aviation Director Gene Richards and the Airport team have accomplished over the past three years.”

“We are delighted to announce this new service and confident it will provide Vermonters and our Canadian friends with more travel opportunities and connectivity around the world,” said Aviation Director Richards.  “The BTV team has been working hard to further develop air service, and we are one hub closer to where we want to be.  I strongly encourage our community to use this new service, as well as the others provided at BTV, so we can ensure our ability to retain and grow the exceptional level of air service to which we’re accustomed.”

“VTrans is pleased to be a partner with Burlington International Airport in its expansion of services to new regional transportation hubs,” said Secretary Minter.  “We congratulate the Airport on this success.  Transportation investments that help expand the diversity of travel destinations will increase travel and business options for Vermonters and support regional economic growth.”

Republic Airlines will operate the new, daily service from Burlington to Charlotte, under the US Airways Express brand.  The new flight complements existing flights from BTV to both Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington, DC (DCA).  The first flight on this new route is scheduled to arrive in Burlington at 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2015, and the first flight on this route leaving Burlington for Charlotte is scheduled to depart at 8:05 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2015. 

Customers flying to Charlotte will have access to convenient connecting opportunities; Charlotte is one of the country’s major hubs and American Airlines’ second largest hub behind Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).  Charlotte is ranked eighth nationwide in passenger traffic according to the Airports Council International (ACI) rankings.  American Airlines is one of the world's largest airlines. American Airlines and US Airways, together with regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

The addition of the BTV to CLT non-stop flight was welcomed by Tom Torti, President and CEO of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, who said:  “The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is very pleased with the addition of this non-stop service from Burlington to Charlotte.  Under the Mayor’s and Gene’s leadership, Burlington has made great progress at the Airport to vastly improve the customer experience, to reach out to additional carriers, and to add new routes.  The Airport is a key economic development driver for the region and the state, and the addition of the Charlotte flight opens the door for increased economic opportunity.”

“Today’s announcement celebrates another milestone for our community and our ability to attract business, commerce, and tourism to Burlington, the region, and the State,” said Ward 6 City Councilor Karen Paul, Co-Chair of the Burlington City Council Airport Strategic Planning Committee.  “I am happy to join the Mayor, a former Airport Commissioner and strong BTV supporter, to congratulate Gene and his entire team.  Convincing an airline to establish new jet service to Burlington is no small feat; rather, it is the result of much hard work over many months, requiring a can-do attitude and perseverance, two of Gene’s and his team’s best qualities.  People from near and far rave about their experience at BTV.  Today is another banner day for our amazing Airport.”

Also attending the event were:  Guy Rouelle, Aeronautics Administrator, Vermont Agency of Transportation; Kevin Dorn, South Burlington City Manager; Pat Nowak, South Burlington City Councilor; Jeff Munger, BTV Commission Chair; Nicolas Longo, BTV Director of Planning and Development; and Erin Knapp, BTV Marketing Assistant.

Porter Airlines Returns to BTV

BURLINGTON, VT—Burlington International Airport becomes even more international when Porter Airlines resumes its seasonal service from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport on December 14, 2014.  The service between Burlington and Toronto will continue through the winter season until April 5, 2015.

This is Porter’s fourth year flying to Burlington, a popular destination for Canadian passengers looking to enjoy a season on the slopes. In turn, Vermonters can enjoy an easy getaway to a cosmopolitan Canadian city. The schedule of two weekly roundtrip options will increase to four options from February 13-April 5 to meet increased travel demand during the school break period.

“The City of Toronto is a perfect destination for both the business and leisure traveler,” said Gene Richards, Director of Aviation for Burlington International Airport. “Businesses have the opportunity to find and explore new market growth areas, while leisure travelers can enjoy Toronto’s numerous touristic attractions and events, such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, a Toronto Maple Leafs game or the Toronto Boat Show in early January.”

"Canada is Vermont's largest trading partner, source of tourists and closest neighbor.  Porter's service to Burlington is a perfect match for skiers, travelers and businesses," said Senator Patrick Leahy.  "I have been proud to work with the airline and the airport to establish this route, which helps bring the world to Vermont and Vermont to the world."

Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith was optimistic that the resumed service would benefit both travel regions. “This has been a very successful partnership in previous years, and we look forward to hosting our northern neighbors again,” she said. “Vermont has an incredible array of spectacular ski areas, and Toronto is a multi-cultural, pedestrian-friendly city that’s easy to explore.”

BTV & Mamava Featured on VoiceAmerica

Recently the Airport and Mamava were showcased on the VoiceAmerica radio show “Born to Be Breastfed” about making the travel experience more acceptable for breastfeeding moms by utilizing the Mamava lactation station here at BTV.  Please follow this link to listen to the broadcast.   The Airport is very fortunate to have partnered with Mamava on this groundbreaking tool for mothers. 

Vermont National Guard Announces 86th IBCT return from JRTC

Soldiers of the Vermont Army National Guard from 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) and Soldiers who have been supporting the 86th IBCT (MTN) at their rotation in the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, will be returning on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.  They are expected to return on commercially charted flights which will be operating outside the normal hours of the Burlington International Airport.  One flight will be landing between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  

The Soldiers returning have spent most of the month of June training in an extremely austere and dynamic environment as the first National Guard unit to conduct a decisive action rotation.  In all, 21 National Guard units from other states participated in this rotation as well as five active duty units, four US Army reserve units and a US Air Force Air Support Operations Squadron.  Soldiers and Airmen worked together to reinforce expeditionary capability by incorporating all elements of a modern battlespace.

"Our leaders synchronized plans across the spectrum of operations to include exercise scenarios with Conventional Forces, Host Nation Forces, Special Operations and Unified Action Partners where they were tested and have proven themselves in a joint training capability that generates the skill sets necessary for us to be ready and relevant as a force multiplier," said Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard.
The JRTC rotation allows for leader development and facilitates unit readiness which reinforces the capacity for all troops to be more adaptable in a complex world.  The training was evaluated and all leaders will return with lessons learned that will prove instrumental to future training plans.   

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The Burlington International Airport will conduct a simulated aviation incident to test its emergency preparedness from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires a full-scale emergency exercise at least once every three years. This drill allows airport staff and community first responders the opportunity to perform as they would in a real emergency.  The exercise will test the airport’s emergency response while providing hands-on training to airport personnel, local jurisdictions and other emergency personnel.  During the exercise, emergency personnel will respond as in a real emergency, including the use of sirens, firefighting and rescue equipment.

The exercise will not impact passengers or flight schedules.

If you have any questions regarding this exercise, please contact Gene Richards at 802-863-2874 ext. 200.

Thank you.

The Dream Flight – A Scenic Flight for Children with Illness – Delivers Holiday Cheer

December 11, 2017

On Dec 5, a young girl took her first plane ride: a 37-minute scenic tour from Burlington International Airport around Mount Washington and back.

Earlier this year, she spent 6 weeks at UVM Children’s Hospital. While quiet, she was…

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The Table with Gene Richards, Aviation Director of Burlington International Airport

March 24, 2016

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August 06, 2014

Recently the Airport and Mamava were showcased on the VoiceAmerica radio show “Born to Be Breastfed” about making the travel experience more acceptable for breastfeeding moms by utilizing the Mamava lactation station here at BTV.  Read More »

New Airport Volunteer Schyler Jackson

September 11, 2013

While traveling by plane and visiting an unfamiliar Airport can be an exciting venture, it can also be stressful and confusing. To help our traveling public with navigate the…

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Mamava Launches First of Its Kind Lactation Station for Nursing Mothers at BTV

September 06, 2013

Mamava, maker of design solutions for nursing mothers on the go, and Burlington International Airport announced the installation of a first of its kind lactation station in…

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Vermont Chamber Of Commerce Presents:

August 05, 2013

Date: 8/8/2013  Time: 10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

The Vermont Chamber's Aerospace and Aviation Association (VAAA) is pleased to present the Vermont Chamber Aerospace & Aviation…

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Piedmont Employee Of The Month

July 26, 2013

Davey Eckert Selected as Piedmont's Employee Of The Month, June 2013.

Director Of Aviation, Gene Richards, congratulating Davey on a job well done.


In June,…

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Evolution Yoga now at BTV

January 10, 2013

Evolution Yoga is celebrating the grand opening of its new Yoga and Meditation Practice Space at the Burlington International Airport with a free class on Saturday, January 12th at 9 a.m.

Evolution will donate $5 to Hunger…

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Local Food to land at Burlington International Airport

October 03, 2012

WCAX Video

Airport officials hope that new dining options take-off in Burlington. The airport is trying to add a local touch to the international airport: more places to eat and drink, even if you're not…

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New Burlington airport improvements include a rooftop oasis

September 11, 2012

Burlington Free Press Article

The roof of the tall parking garage at Burlington International Airport is worth a visit.

No signs point the way to the roof, and no hints of its…

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Notice of 2012 PFC Impose and Use Amendment

August 15, 2012

Application No. 11‐05‐C‐00‐BTV

This is notice that Burlington International Airport is proposing to amend the recently approved Impose and Use application for the collection and use of Passenger Facility Charge funds. The purpose of the amendment is…

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Airline Consultation Meeting: Passenger Facility Charges, Proposed Projects

August 01, 2012

The Burlington International Airport Board of Airport Commissioners, South Burlington,
Vermont intends to file an application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to
use and to impose Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) on various projects at the…

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June 04, 2012

Within the next few months, the Burlington International Airport will begin a demolition project on the properties it has purchased over the last few years. All houses in this project are readily identifiable by the YELLOW demolition permits…

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Burlington International Airport Emergency Contingency Plan

May 07, 2012

Burlington International Airport has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to
§42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can
be directed to Kelly Colling at Burlington International Airport…

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Book Release - Burlington International Airport: A History 1920-2010

July 29, 2010

Burlington International Airport: A History 1920-2010

The book was written by the author James M. Tabor, a graduate of the University of Vermont and long-time Vermont resident.

James M. Tabor is also the author, most recently,…

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