Print
More News

Brunswick County Airports Awarded Grants

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Feb 26, 2021
Two airports in Brunswick County were recently approved for state grants as part of more than $9.5 million in state funding awarded to various airfield improvement projects, according to a news release.

The Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island and the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport in Ocean Isle Beach were two of 10 North Carolina airports to have funding approved by the N.C. Board of Transportation.

At Cape Fear Regional Jetport, $4.3 million in state funds will support phase II of the west apron expansion.

The bidding process for the apron expansion is currently ongoing, Howie Franklin, director of Cape Fear Regional Jetport, said Friday.

"The big issue is that we just can't park the airplanes," Franklin said. "And these people want to get to the new terminal because we have courtesy cars and bathrooms and things of that nature.

"And the other thing is, we're just getting started here ... with the growth."

The airport serves private aircraft and public aircraft, he said.

"The airport is a public service first: we serve the Coast Guard; we serve the military; we serve law enforcement and air evacuations," Franklin said. "So we are a public service first and an economic engine second."

The Odell Williamson Municipal Airport also has earmarked in the recent round of grants $54,000 in state matching funds to acquire land for the construction of a parallel taxiway.

The state grants are for safety and airfield improvement projects, stated the release. 

The more than $9.5 million in state funding has been awarded for these various projects around the state to "help the airports increase capacity, attract new jobs and businesses to their communities, and improve safety for pilots and passengers," officials said in the release.

Aviation is a very important piece of the transportation puzzle, said Frank Williams, chair of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee.

"When most people think aviation, they think of a large airport," Williams said. "But if you want to have business leaders and CEOs and those type of people come to the area, these smaller airports are critical."

According to the state's latest aviation economic impact report, the Cape Fear Regional Jetport had an impact of nearly 2,000 jobs, $87.4 million in personal income, $11 million in state and local taxes and an economic output of more than $280 million.

The report also shows the Odell Williamson Municipal has an impact of 75 jobs, more than $2.7 million in personal income, $360,000 in state and local taxes and a $7.1 million economic output.

"The more ways we have to get people and goods in and out of the area the better it's going to be," Williams said. "And if we want to grow our economy, these smaller airports fill a role that might not be filled at an ILM."
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Jeremytomlinson enfuse headshot

5 Key IT Areas You Must Address In Your Business’s 2021 Growth Strategy

Jeremy Tomlinson - Enfuse Technology Solutions
Mikeharrington carolinaretreats 2

Accidental Guest Damages: Take A Deep Breath!

Mike Harrington - Carolina Retreats
Morton300x300

A Parent's Guide to the FAFSA® — 6 Need-to-Knows

Jim Morton - Cape Fear Community College

Trending News

Molson Coors Invests In TRU Colors, Forms Partnership

Christina Haley O'Neal - Apr 14, 2021

WSJ Reports That PPD In Talks To Sell

Vicky Janowski and Cece Nunn - Apr 14, 2021

Local Chef To Bring Gourmet Pizza, Sandwiches To North Fourth

Jessica Maurer - Apr 14, 2021

MegaCorp Gains Airtime During The Masters Through Player Sponsorship

Christina Haley O'Neal - Apr 12, 2021

Nancy Jo’s Homemade Opens In Carolina Beach

Jessica Maurer - Apr 14, 2021

In The Current Issue

Truist Rolls Out Blended Branch On Military Cutoff

More than a year after the merger of BB&T and SunTrust banks was finalized creating Truist, the combined company is premiering its new blend...


Live Oak, NCino Defendants In Lawsuit

A former employee of Live Oak Bank and of Apiture LLC – a financial technology joint venture between Live Oak Bancshares and First Data Corp...


Jones: Economy On Recovery Road

The Wilmington area economy is doing better than expected a year after the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on many businesses across the regio...

Book On Business

The 2021 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100