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This airport is in North Carolina, for the airport formerly known as "Wilmington Airport" in Delaware see New Castle Airport
Wilmington International Airport
New Hanover County International Airport
Flyilm logo.png
IATA: ILMICAO: KILMFAA: ILM
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airport Authority
Location Wilmington, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 32 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 34°16′14″N 077°54′09″W / 34.27056°N 77.9025°W / 34.27056; -77.9025Coordinates: 34°16′14″N 077°54′09″W / 34.27056°N 77.9025°W / 34.27056; -77.9025
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 8,016 2,443 Concrete
17/35 7,004 2,135 Asphalt

Wilmington International Airport (IATA: ILMICAO: KILMFAA LID: ILM), sometimes known as the New Hanover County International Airport, is a public airport located in northern Wilmington, North Carolina in New Hanover County. The airport has two runways and a single terminal which has eight gates. The airport is also home to three fixed base operations (FBO's) which currently house over 100 private aircraft. There is also a 24-hour US Customs ramp for international flights wishing to stop at the airport.

The airport is one of four airports along the East coast which serves as an emergency airfield for any Space Shuttle needing to abort a take off. Should failures occur within the first 2 minutes of the launch with all main engines and solid rocket boosters still firing, the shuttle would likely return to the Kennedy Space Center but should a problem occur shortly after solid rocket boosters separation, Wilmington International could be used as a landing site. Improvements in the orbiter's braking system reduced the previous 10,000 foot runway requirement to 7,500 feet enabling ILM's 8,007-foot runway to serve the role.[1]

In March 2006, ILM received $6.3 million from both NC and the federal government to resurface runway 6/24, which has been untouched in nearly 30 years. In addition to the resurfacing, a new Instrument Landing System will be built for the runway. The airport authority at ILM is hoping the renovations will attract more commercial and international business to the area.

The airport is also a former military base, which accounts for the long runways.

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Expansion

ILM plans to expand to international flights. The airport already has a 24-hour customs and immigration station.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Orlando-Sanford
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta
US Airways Charlotte
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia
US Airways Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines New York-LaGuardia
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Charlotte
US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines Charlotte
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Charlotte, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia
US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines Charlotte

Other Aviation

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Charter Services

Charter services include Air Wilmington and Aero Service. Air Wilmington has its own dedicated building, while Aero Service uses the old terminal.

Other

There are also several private and public hangars. A new international customs station was completed in 2008.

History

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training.

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