Jan. 18, 2013 @ 03:57 PM

RDU reports slight annual passenger increase

MORRISVILLE – Slight growth in last year’s annual passenger count at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport compared to the prior year reflect a “new normal” for U.S. airports, RDU’s director said in a statement.

The number of annual passengers traveling through Raleigh-Durham International Airport grew slightly compared with 2011, according to a news release from the airport.

There were 9.22 million passengers that traveled through RDU in 2012, which was up 0.7 percent to 9.14 million in the prior year.

The numbers were released Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board, the release said.

RDU Airport Director Mike Landguth said in the release that RDU will continue to see the effects of an economy that will “take time” to rebound.

As a result, he said airport officials will be planning with the assumption passenger growth will remain flat for the foreseeable future.

“Airline mergers and a reduction in the number of seats available for purchase have impacted RDU’s passenger growth for the last few years,” Landguth said.

United Way 2012 revenues on par with prior year

MORRISVILLE – The United Way of the Greater Triangle announced Thursday that $10.6 million in donations will be distributed to nonprofits.

Those results came out of a meeting of the board of directors of the nonprofit, which works to provide funding to programs of its partner nonprofit agencies in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.

The nonprofit said that 2012 total revenues were projected to hold steady at $15 million, the same that the nonprofit said it raised last year.

The $10.6 million in donations includes donor-designated as well as Give United campaign funds, according to a news release. The Give United funds were up 2 percent to $5.3 million. That was the first increase in five years, according to the release.

Operating expenses have been reduced by 10 percent, according information in the release from United Way of the Greater Triangle President and CEO Mack Koonce. Koonce took the helm at the organization in September.

More funds are expected to be available for community impact work.

The board also approved plans to lower United Way’s administrative fee from 16 percent to 13 percent in 2013.