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.
Wilmington International Airport’s (ILM) US Customs and Border Protection Facility Hosts Global Entry Interview Event
The US Customs and Border Protection has scheduled a Global Entry interview event at ILM’s International Terminal. Interview slots are available by appointment the week of June 12th. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.
Why You Should Join
- No processing lines
- No paperwork
- Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries
- Available at major U.S. airports
- Reduced wait times
- TSA Pre✓® Eligibility
Interesting in applying? Please take the following action:
- Go to the website https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes to register for a GOES enrollment user ID and password. (Tip: You may need to cut and past the link into your browser.)
- Once you have your GOES ID and Password, you can go back to the same website and enroll for Global Entry. You will need your passport number and expiration date to do this process. Also you will have to pay the $100 enrollment fee in this step.
- Check back to the website and see if your application was approved. (Tip: It can take 2-3 weeks.)
- Once approved for an appointment, then select a Wilmington NC as the interview location.
- You will get email notices from the GOES system confirming your appointment.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for potential environmental impacts related to proposed Airline Terminal Expansion at the Wilmington International Airport, Wilmington, North Carolina.
The proposed project includes the expansion and partial replacement of the existing 3-level airline passenger terminal, the expansion of the terminal aircraft apron (“ramp”), and the construction of a 2-story automobile parking deck at the location of an existing surface parking lot at the Airport.
The draft EA will be available for review for a period of 30 days from the publication of this notice. Review the draft EA and learn about the public information workshop and how to submit public comments in the business section of ILM’s website.
Passenger Count Highest Since 2010
The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) served 817,896 passengers in 2016; setting a new record. When compared to 2015, passenger enplanements were up 6.6% (25,365) and deplanements were up 5.9% (22,722) year over year. The prior record for total passengers served was back in 2010, when ILM served 799,710 passengers.
Revenue Passengers Served*:
*Revenue Passengers include those that purchased a ticket. Additional non-revenue passengers, not included in these figures, may include those that are utilizing a frequent flyer ticket or a ticket through an airline’s flight benefit.
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. With the increase in passengers in 2016, ILM anticipates the next report by the NCDOT Division of Aviation will show Wilmington International Airport’s economic impact on the region now exceeds $1.6 Billion.
The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on both Delta and American Airlines. Airlines evaluate each community on passenger and revenue statistics and utilize this information when evaluating the need for larger airplanes or additional flights. Leading into 2016, “American and Delta Airlines recognized the strong market in the greater Wilmington area and they added larger aircraft with more seats to carry additional passengers to and from ILM.” stated Julie Wilsey, Airport Director. “The increased seat capacity was timely; aligning well with statistics that show the tri-county area is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and local tourism is at an all-time high.”
“ILM thanks our airline partners, American and Delta, as well as all the employees who are instrumental in our accomplishment. We also acknowledge the travelers in our community who use the local airport and thank them for their loyal support. We look forward to another great year in 2017!” stated New Hanover County Airport Authority Chairman Thomas Wolfe. With the population of the tri-county area projected to increase through 2040, and positive economic indicators, the outlook continues to look strong for air travel through ILM.
- ILM Airport Statistics: http://www.flyilm.com/business/airport-documents/airport-statistics/
- NC Department of Transportation Division of Aviation’s Economic Impact of Airports in NC: https://connect.ncdot.gov/municipalities/State-Airport-Aid/Documents/2016_NCAirportEconImpact.pdf
- New Hanover County Population Demographics & Projections: http://maps.nhcgov.com/population-demographics/
- The 2015 Economic Impact pf Travel on NC Counties: https://partners.visitnc.com/contents/sdownload/62499/file/2015-County-Level-Visitor-Expenditures.PDF
ILM Encourages Travelers to Connect with Airlines
With the projected weather due to Winter Storm Helena, ILM encourages travelers to connect with their air carrier to stay informed with the most up to date flight status.
- American Airlines: Nationwide Travel Alerts
Flight status and general information: www.aa.com 800-433-7300
- Delta Airlines: Nationwide Travel Alerts
Flight status and general information: www.delta.com 800-221-1212