Print
In Other News

ILM To Chart Future Path In Forthcoming Report

By Miriah Hamrick, posted Jan 30, 2023
Several large capital projects are on the horizon for Wilmington International Airport. (File photo)
With many projects and opportunities on the horizon for Wilmington International Airport, officials have started work on a vision plan that will help guide the airport’s actions and share its strategies with the public.
 
Work on the report began earlier this month when New Hanover County Airport Authority board members received information from airport staff about various upcoming projects and initiatives at a work session. Airport director Jeff Bourk said this information will be compiled into a report that outlines “what we’re trying to accomplish over the course of the next five years, how we’re going to accomplish it, what the budget is going to be, where the funding is going to come from — all those types of things.”
 
Now that board members have been debriefed, they will meet in committees to iron out the details used to compile the final document, which is expected to be ready this spring.
 
“We’re going to go back through committees, and then we will refine all of the details, and we’ll have a report in March,” Bourk said.
 
In addition to strategies for business development on airport grounds, which has seen a surge in activity recently with ground leases signed for more than 100 acres since late 2021, the report will cover priorities for future air service development and capital projects. Over the next five years, necessary capital improvements could include runway maintenance, relocation of a taxiway for aircraft, construction of additional hangars for storing private aircraft, expanded parking options and work on the terminal’s front curbside.
 
The latter emerged as a top priority in preliminary discussions at the work session, according to Bourk. Growth in passenger traffic at ILM required an expansion of the airport’s terminal, which received a new concourse with three additional gates as part of a $75 million multi-phase project that will conclude this year. Now the terminal is equipped to handle more than a million total passengers each year, which is on par with ILM’s performance in 2022, while the roadway and front curbside remain the same as when the airport first opened.
 
“That was designed in 1990 for a terminal and traffic levels that were half of what they are today,” Bourk said.
 
As Airport Boulevard approaches the terminal entrance, the road expands into a four-lane rounded loop. Plans to improve the front curbside are still in the early stages, but Bourk identified an "elongating" of the roadway’s curve as a key change needed in the project. The curve makes it difficult for vehicles to remain in the lane closest to the terminal when dropping off or picking up passengers, which can obstruct traffic.
 
Work on improvements to the curbside and roadway could begin as soon as July, depending on the Federal Aviation Administration’s response to a grant application submitted by the airport last year. If approved, the federal grant could allocate $15 million toward the project.  
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Untitleddesign2 9202334730

Investing in the Health of Our Communities, for Today and the Future

Novant Health - New Hanover Regional Medical Center Novant Health
Screenshot2022 01 06at338 162234623

Food is the Foundation for Prosperous Communities

Girard Newkirk - Genesis Block
Untitleddesign2

The Importance of Real Estate Appraisals

Steve Mitchell - Cape Fear REALTORS®

Trending News

City Of Wilmington Hires Carson As DEI Director

Staff Reports - May 21, 2024

A Topsail Island Estate Fetches Record-setting $4.5M

Cece Nunn - May 21, 2024

Noodles & Company Opens First Wilmington Location This Week

Emma Dill - May 21, 2024

Martin Named Executive Director Of Battleship North Carolina

Staff Reports - May 21, 2024

Wilmington, Myrtle Beach Top PODS List Of Most Moved-to Cities For Second Year

Emma Dill - May 20, 2024

In The Current Issue

Submarine Museum Could Surface Here

​A museum would continue to support those military families and honor submarine veterans but also serve as a way to provide science and math...


Restaurants Serve More Outdoor Space

Outdoor dining spaces add another dimension to dining in the Port City and, in some cases, take a restaurant’s brand to new heights. ...


Vantaca’s Balancing Act

“We want to swing big, and we have a vision of building a really massive company that is the industry standard for software in our space."...

Book On Business

The 2024 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2024 Power Breakfast: The Next Season