Gap in Wilmington International Airport expansion funds could require county bond

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WILMINGTON – The Wilmington International Airport Authority met last week to discuss an expansion plan which faces a $52 million shortfall. The authority agreed to bring in a consultant to consider a range of funding options, including county and private bonds. The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) had a record year in 2016. While ILM Director Julie […]

Wilmington International Airport flying high after record year

" ... as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want to talk about it out loud, of course, until the final numbers came in the other day.”

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WILMINGTON – Wilmington International Airport (ILM) had a record-breaking year in 2016, beating its previous record set in 2010. Airport Director Julie Wilsey told Port City Daily, “We were pretty confident in November that we would beat 2015, but as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want […]

More than a transportation hub: Wilmington International Airport highlights local artists

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WILMINGTON — Local North Carolina artists are getting a wider audience through a new gallery in the Wilmington International Airport (ILM). The gallery space was dedicated by the airport and will curated by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County. The inaugural installation, appropriately entitled “Flight,” features interpretations of the theme by North […]

While in Wilmington, Donald Trump promises a win in North Carolina and the country

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WILMINGTON — Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump on Saturday did not need to say much to energize the roughly 5,000 people who were allowed into Wilmington International Airport to see one of his last appearances in the Tar Heel State before Tuesday’s election. Attendees were excited to hear the businessman’s rallying cry to voters from […]

SLIDESHOW: Thousands turn out to see Donald Trump in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON — Thousands of supporters for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and his campaign filled every inch of the hanger at Wilmington International Airport on Saturday to catch his speech. Trump arrived at the Air Wilmington Hanger at about 1:20 p.m. Saturday and greeted supporters from the doorway of his airplane. It was one of […]

Donald Trump returns to Wilmington on Saturday

Donald Trump spoke at UNCW during a campaign rally in Wilmington on August 9, 2016. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

WILMINGTON — Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is returning to Wilmington this Saturday for a campaign stop at Wilmington International Airport (ILM). The Port City is one of four North Carolina stops scheduled before Tuesday’s election. Trump is set to speak at the Air Wilmington Hangar, 1817 Aviation Drive. Tickets to Trump’s speech can be […]

Saturday flights to and from Wilmington International Airport affected by Hurricane Matthew

Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Photo by Hannah Leyva.

WILMINGTON — Most flights in and out of Wilmington International Airport (ILM) on Saturday have been canceled, according to the airport’s Deputy Director Gary Broughton. As of early Friday afternoon, American Airlines had set a weekend schedule for their flights and informed the airport. “They have canceled all flights for Saturday,” Broughton said. “The last […]

Expanded Uber service is coming to Wilmington International Airport

Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Photo by Hannah Leyva.

WILMINGTON – Ride sharing service Uber and Wilmington International Airport (ILM) have entered into a one-year agreement that would allow the taxi alternative to pick up visitors flying into town. While Uber has already been able to drop passengers off at the airport, the contract gives Uber five designated parking spaces in ILM’s cell phone lot, […]

ILM planning on more visitors for 2017 Wells Fargo Championship

Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Photo by Hannah Leyva.

As the Wilmington area prepares to host the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, which is part of the PGA Tour, next May, officials at Wilmington International Airport are working to make sure their facility is ready to handle the extra influx of visitors. The airport currently handles 750,000 to 800,000 commercial passengers a year. The major […]