Breaking News: American Airlines Offers Seasonal Non-Stop ILM-DFW

American Airlines Offers Non-Stop Holiday Service Between
Wilmington International Airport (ILM) and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)

Wilmington, NC (September 26th, 2017)—Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is pleased to announce that American Airlines will offer seasonal daily non-stop service between ILM and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) December 23rd-Jan 7thAmerican Airlines currently offers non-stop service between Wilmington (ILM) and Charlotte (CLT), New York/LaGuardia (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), as well as seasonal service to Washington DC (DCA).

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) is the #8 most popular origin/destination for travelers flying to & from ILM.  “Our community has expressed a strong desire to have non-stop service between ILM and DFW, and we are thankful our partners at American Airlines are offering this seasonal non-stop holiday service.” stated Julie Wilsey, Airport Director.

American Airlines Daily Service (between ILM & DFW) Dec 23rd-Jan 7th  (Excluding 12/24)

Flt Number Dept Arp Dept Time Arvl Arp Arrv Time Subfleet
AA  5888 DFW 2:50p ILM 6:30p E75
AA  5888 ILM 7:00p DFW 9:30p E75

Based on the arrival time on each end, the non-stop flight between ILM and DFW provides well-timed connections to Austin, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.  “This seasonal non-stop service from ILM to DFW creates new opportunities for Wilmington businesses to grow.  We are thrilled that American Airlines is investing in our community’s future in this way.” stated Natalie English CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are on sale now and travelers can check availability between ILM and DFW at


About the Wilmington International Airport: The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on both Delta and American Airlines.  Welcoming nearly 820,000 passengers annually, ILM services 5 non-stop hubs, and DFW during the holiday season December 23rd-Jan 7th, which allow for convenient domestic and international travel. The Wilmington International Airport is the fifth largest airport in North Carolina. The NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2016 report estimated ILM’s economic impact at over $1.6 billion.  For more information on ILM, please visit 


Hurricane Irma & Flight Status

Travelers are encouraged to check-in with ILM’s airline partners directly for the most up to date information about flight status.

American Airlines:
Flight Status & Information: 800-433-7300
Travel Alerts:

Flight Status & Information: 800-221-1212
Travel Alerts:…/en…/traveling-with-us/advisories.html



ILM Welcomes New Board Members

The Wilmington International Airport Welcomes New Board Members

Harry W. Stovall, III: Mr. Harry Stovall was appointed to the New Hanover Airport Authority Board by the New Hanover County Commissioners June 19th, and will serve a four year term (through June 30, 2021).  Stovall previously served as an Airport Authority Board Member 2003-2011; including his role as Board Chair. Mr. Stovall III is a Principal of Commonwealth Commercial Properties and the Broker-in-Charge. Mr. Stovall has been licensed since 1972 and has his contractor and broker licenses.  As a native of Wilmington, Stovall is an experienced commercial and residential developer in the Wilmington market.  Mr. Stovall recently earned Realtor Emeritus Status for his 40 years of service to the real estate community. He is active with the Board of Realtors and the Realtors Commercial Alliance.  Mr. Stovall looks forward to serving another term as a productive Airport Authority Board Member.

W. Lee Williams, III: Mr. Lee Williams was appointed to the New Hanover Airport Authority Board by the New Hanover County Commissioners June 19th, and will serve a four year term (through June 30, 2021).  Mr. Williams III is the Vice Chairman of Live Oak Bank and one of the original founders of the Bank. Williams has managed and planned the startup and development of the 11 acre Live Oak Bank campus and has managed individual building construction projects in the size of $10mm to $25mm. Prior to starting Live Oak Bank, Mr. Williams spent 19 years in corporate banking at Wachovia and worked for 14 years at Vine Street Financial doing SBA lending.  Williams is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and resident of Wilmington since 1987. He has, and is currently serving on several private company boards, as Managing Member, and has served in the capacity of President and Treasurer on numerous charitable and not for profit groups in Wilmington and elsewhere in North Carolina. With a lifetime interest in aviation, Mr. Williams is looking forward to supporting the long term plan for the airport’s infrastructure.

Review the list of current Board Members along with their term/appointment/expiration


ILM’s Summer Newsletter

ILM’s summer newsletter is out! Would you like to have it delivered straight to your inbox? Sign-up for our e-blast.

Calling all Nature Lovers!
Now is the Perfect Time to Start Planning Your Fall Getaway

Fall is a great time to travel as you can beat the heat, and often times, beat the lines as well.  If you daydream about enjoying the crisp air, hearing the crunch of fall leaves under your feet, and sipping on a hot beverage while taking in the sights—now is the time to plan your fall getaway!

View the vibrant fall colors during your upcoming trip & take in nature’s beauty. Check out Fodor’s 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage or discover your own favorite spots!

Search Flights from ILM 


New Historical Panels Feature Aviation History
Did you know Bluethenthal Field, now Wilmington International Airport, was originally a 70 acre tract of land thick with long leaf pine trees? That the airport’s landing area consisted of two runways outlined in white sand? Or that Warren Pennington made the first landing here in 1927?Next time you are flying through ILM, or picking up a guest, make sure to check out the new panels in ILM’s historical area. (Located by check-in) The Cape Fear Museum researched and designed these new panels, which feature photographs and information about Wilmington’s fascinating aviation history!

Scratch on 23rd Launches Online & Mobile Ordering

Getting breakfast or lunch on the go just got easier! Scratch on 23rd launched anonline & mobile ordering system; allowing travelers and those living & working close by ILM airport to pick-up fast & fresh food quickly.You can order straight from your computer, smartphone, or tablet; saving time and avoiding lines! “Order for now” or plan ahead and “order for later” so you order is prepared for a specific day/time.Look for the Order Online button on
Scratch on 23rd’s website.

SeaHawk Aviation, Inc Now Offers Aircraft Rental
Looking to get additional flight hours under your belt? In need of a plane to use as a rentalSeaHawk Aviation has a Baron available for rent for $300/hr “dry” rental rate, with discounted block rates available.Baron Features:

· 285HP Continental IO-520C Fuel-injected Engines
· GNS530 – KX155,GTX 330 IFR GPS
· Current Jeppesen Aviation Charts
· Up to 6 Seat Capability
Learn more and Reserve:
SeaHawk Aviation 910-859-8877

Fan Favorites!

Snap a pic while traveling-tag us or hashtag #flyILM for your chance to be featured!

@Steve Maillard
traveling to
St. John, USVI
from Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
So enjoyed the CAF
@airpowertour of
FiFi B29 bomber
at #Wilmington #airport#flyingwithfifi
@Sarina Houston‏ 

Also, went there
again today.
The folks at@ILMairport
are awesome.
We’ll keep going back.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Stakeholder Meeting

The public is invited to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise ​Stakeholder Meeting at Wilmington International Airport Friday July 14th 11am.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive input regarding Wilmington International Airport’s three-year DBE Goal.  We invite you to participate in a meeting to discuss the proposed goal, as well as the availability of potential DBEs for the Airport’s projects, and the Airport’s effort to increase DBE participation. Learn more and find registration information. 



Spring News

Save the Date: AirPower History Tour
(Photo credit: Bill Lavery via AirPower History Tour Facebook page)

The National Air Tour of Historic WWII Aircraft is coming to ILM! Experience the sights, smells and sounds of historic WWII aircraft.  The event features FIFI, the world’s most famous flying B-29 Superfortress and the planes, pilots, and crews of the Commemorative Air Force.  In addition to the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, a T-6 Texan (Navy SNJ) will also be at the event.

Attendees of the event will be able to get up close and touch the airplanes, tour the cockpit (when the aircraft is available), talk to the crews, and watch the planes fly.

Dates & Times:
Friday, June 16, 9a-5p
* Aircraft tours available starting at 9a
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day (additional cost)

Saturday, June 17, 9a-5p
* B-29 flies at 9a and 10:30a
* Aircraft tours available after 12p
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day (additional cost)

Sunday, June 18, 9a-5p
* B-29 flies at 9a and 10:30a
* Aircraft tours available after 12:00p
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day (additional cost)

Event Location: Air Wilmington, 1999 Hall Drive
Cost: $10 for Adults, $5 for children 11-17, and free for children under 10.

Learn More About the Event and/or Book a Private Flight

Summer Spotlight: Washington DC

(photo credit: TripAdvisor)

Whether you want to visit iconic monuments and museums, taste international cuisine, or discover haunted pubs-DC has something for you! Curious what else DC has to offer?  Check out the Top 137 Things To Do in Washington, DC

Feeling inspired? Book your trip from ILM to DCA.  American Airlines offer non-stop summer seasonal service (weekends starting in June) as well as 1-stop flights throughout the week. Delta Airlines offer 1-stop flights.

Click the Airline Logo to Search for Flights:


TSA Offers Tips & Reminders

Flying this summer? Wondering what items you can bring in your carry on? (Baby food? Medications? Bottled Water? Camping equipment?) Planning ahead and checking which items can be included in your checked bag or in your carry-on helps make going through security as smooth as possible.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a list on their website which outlines which items are or aren’t allowed in carry-on bags or checked bags.

Learn More About Which Items You Can Pack for Your Trip   

Battle House ILM Receives Coastal Entrepreneur Award

(Photo credit: Hannah Telman, via Battle House’s Facebook Page)

ILM Business Park tenant, Battle House ILM, won a 2017 Coastal Entrepreneur Award. An ILM Business Park tenant since the fall of 2015, Battle House offers mission-based tactical laser tag.  Their business has two party/conference rooms and a 10,000 sq foot facility designated with the simple purpose of having fun-at all ages! The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards are a joint effort of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear Region. 

Want to become Battle House’s neighbor?
Space is Available for Lease in this Hall Drive Building

KBT Realty Group & Shaw Real Estate Services Relocating to Flex Building

The KBT Realty Group with Keller Williams Realty and Shaw Real Estate Services, LLC are excited to announce that they will be moving to the ILM Business Park, located on airport property, this summer. KBT Realty is a top producing team here in Wilmington with a unique approach to the client experience and has been locally and nationally recognized for their success.  Shaw Real Estate serves the rental needs of Wilmington and the surrounding beach areas; assisting with rentals or residential property management. KBT Realty Group and Shaw Real Estate Services will join Toshiba Business Solutions and Scratch on 23rd, the other two tenants currently occupying the flex building.

View Available Space for Lease in the Flex Building;
located across from the VA Medical Center and down the road from the ILM airport.

Fan Favorites!

Snap a pic while traveling and hashtag #flyILM for your chance to be featured!

Sweet dreams, Loves.
Dreaming about this
view from above.
#wilmington #ilm#flyilm #goodnight
We had the privilege
to participate in
an Applied Graphics
install at #ILM
which was featured
on our local news
Channel 6 Wect!
#wallmural #art
#flyilm #wect
Thanks @lovejoygabriel,
@artscouncilwilmington &
Rhonda Bellamy for
including my
Azalea photograph
in the LOCAL show
currently at the
@ilmairport gallery!
Exhibition through 5/19/17

Slated Budget Appropriations Would Benefit Airport and Travelers

Nearly $12 million over two-year budget cycle could support ILM airport improvements

Wilmington, NC (May 11, 2017)—The Senate released their budget, which includes $40,000,000 in funds for commercial airports across North Carolina in fiscal year 2017-2018 and $50,000,000 in funds in 2018-2019. Funds may be used for improvements to the airports and to pay debt services or related financing costs and expenses on revenue bonds or notes issued by the airport. The Wilmington International Airport is slated to receive nearly $12 million dollars in the two-year budget cycle. ($5,946,945 million in fiscal year 2017-18 and $5,946,945 in 2018-19)

“On behalf of the Wilmington International Airport, we’d like to thank Senator Rabon and Senator Lee and share our appreciation for their support. We’re very grateful that the Senate recognizes the economic development contribution of the Wilmington International Airport and the role it plays in the region’s and state’s vitality and well-being.” stated Gary Broughton Deputy Director of the Wilmington International Airport. The most recent economic impact study, conducted by the NC Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, indicated ILM had a $1.6 Billion impact on the region. Further, the Wilmington International Airport (ILM) served 817,896 passengers in 2016, setting a new record, and passenger counts are trending upwards again in 2017.

Broughton is hopeful there is continued support from the House as the budget process moves forward. “In order to further meet and serve our customers’ needs, The Wilmington International Airport is looking to future facility improvements and a possible terminal expansion and these funds would help support those efforts.” Broughton shared.