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!

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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
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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.


Global Entry Interview Event Scheduled at ILM Customs

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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Check back to the website and see if your application was approved.  (Tip: It can take 2-3 weeks.)
  4.  Once approved for an appointment, then select a Wilmington NC as the interview location.
  5. You will get email notices from the GOES system confirming your appointment.

Learn More About How to Apply for Global Entry


Scratch on 23rd is Open for Business

New Cafe Opens its Doors; Located at ILM’s Business Park

Scratch on 23rd makes high quality great tasting food at prices that everyone can afford.  They offer fast & fresh gourmet breakfast and lunch. Serving up coffee drinks, smoothies, salads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches.  View their menu to see all that they offer. Check out photos from their opening.

Located at the ILM Business Park, across from the VA Medical Center

1724 Gardner Dr, Suite 160

Hours: M-F 6a-2p



Public Notice: Draft Environmental Assessment

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.


January News

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*:

Year Enplanements Deplanements Total
2016 411,399 406,497 817,896
2015 386,034 383,775 769,809

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 Reflects on Top 10 Accomplishments from 2016

The team at ILM brainstormed our top accomplishments from 2016–here they are in no particular order!
  • Live Oak Bank Leased Site for Corporate Hangar (construction in progress-pictured above)
  • Hosted First NC Airports Association Conference in Wilmington
  • Solidified a Ground Transportation Agreement with UBER
  • Air Wilmington Completed a 21,000 SF Hangar
  • 2 New Tenants Solidified for Flex Building
    • Toshiba Opened 12/16
    • Construction Started for Scratch on 23rd
  • State and FAA Grants Secured to Complete GA Master Plan and North Ramp Redevelopment
  • First Specialized Aviation Service Operator Opened – Seahawk Aviation
  • Completed LED Upgrade Projects 1) Main Terminal and 2) all Taxiways
  • Provided Important Customer Service Initiatives
    • New Art Gallery (Partnership with the Arts Council)
    • Putting Green
    • Car Seat Inspection Station (1st airport in NC)
  • Important 2016 Stats:
    • $1.6 Billion in Economic Impact (up from $641 Million)
    • 106 Based Airplanes (up from 99)
    • Exceeded 2015 Enplanements and Total Passengers
Community Turns Out to Celebrate the
Opening of a New Art Gallery at ILM

The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County have embarked upon a new collaboration to showcase the arts in Southeastern North Carolina. ILM has dedicated a space in the airport as a gallery; showcasing local artists.  The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is curating the art exhibition.

The groups held an opening reception in December to kick-off the partnership and highlight the inaugural exhibit. Staff, volunteers, artists, community members, and elected officials came together to celebrate the new partnership.  The inaugural installation, “Flight”, features various interpretations on the theme by some of the region’s best-known artists including: Judy Hintz Cox, Kristen Crouch, Elizabeth Darrow, Dumay Gorham, Janette Hopper, Joan McLoughlin, Randy McNamara, Sean Ruttkay, and Michael Van Hout.  Gabriel Lovejoy led The Arts Council’s curatorial team for the first installation.

“Art activates space.  By creating an exhibition area, ILM creates another point of interest for its travelers and helps showcase our region as an arts destination,” said Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of the Arts Council.  Travelers and residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the artwork displayed as part of “Flight” through late winter.

Toshiba Moves Into Flex Building

Toshiba Business Solutions is Open for Business! The company occupies a 1,500 square foot end unit in ILM Business Park’s Flex Building; utilizing the space as Toshiba Business Solutions’ (TBS) headquarters in Wilmington, N.C. TBS offers a wide range of products, from high-speed color MFPs to super-efficient black and white printers to scanners and fax machines.TBS, the direct sales operation of Toshiba America Business Solutions, chose to relocate to the flex building because of its proximity to major interstate highways and ILM Airport, enabling the company to better serve its clients. Welcome Toshiba!

Flex Space Now Available

Located Across from the VA Medical Center (with 230+ employees) and in the ILM Business Park at the Wilmington International Airport (serving over 820,000 passengers in 2016!) the ILM Business Park’s Flex Building offers flexible site layouts in a prime location! Tenants include:Toshiba Business Solutions and a deli & bakery- Scratch on 23rd! This location is ideal for those seeking convenient access to air, rail, and major interstates.

Schedule a Viewing!

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