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
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.
Stop by the Wilmington International Airport & Enjoy Tuba Christmas Carols
UNCW’s Department of Music announces Cape Fear Tuba Christmas Carols. The performance will be Sunday December 4th 3pm-4pm. This is the first year the event will be held at the Wilmington International Airport. Stop by and enjoy holiday music by nearly 20 musicians- including members of the Port City Tuba Quartet and the Cape Fear Tuba Ensemble. The performance will feature traditional Christmas carols arranged for tuba-euphonium ensemble. Adding to the concert is a mayoral proclamation announcing Tuba Christmas Carols day, delivered by Mayor Saffo. ‘Tis the season TUBA jolly!
What: Cape Fear Tuba Christmas Carols
When: Sunday Dec 4th 3pm-4pm
Where: *Free concert held in the Wilmington International Airport lobby. General parking rates apply.
Partnership with The Arts Council Showcases Region as an Arts Destination
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 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. Lovejoy is an artist, educator, graphic designer, and art director.
“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.