American Airlines Expands Service at ILM

Offering Daily Year-Round Non-Stop Service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Summer Non-Stop Flights to Chicago O’Hare ORD

Wilmington, NC (December 18, 2017)—Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is pleased to announce that American Airlines is expanding its service at ILM.  American Airlines will begin daily year-round non-stop service to DCA in May of 2018 and summer seasonal service to ORD in June of 2018.

American Airlines currently offers year-round non-stop service between ILM and Philadelphia (PHL), Charlotte (CLT), and New York-LaGuardia (LGA).  In 2017, American Airlines also offered summer seasonal service on the weekends between ILM and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and, new this year, winter holiday service to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW).

“We have consistently heard feedback from our Business Traveler Group and community stakeholders that additional weekday non-stop flights to DCA would be beneficial.  We are excited American has chosen to expand its service at ILM, with additional flight options between ILM and DCA,” stated Julie Wilsey, Airport Director.

Located just three miles from the Nation’s capital, the flight to DCA offers convenient travel to Washington DC.  Further, for those connecting through DCA, the airport serves numerous non-stop markets. The American Airlines ILM-DCA flight schedule is:

Departing Airport Departure Time Arrival  Airport Arrival  Time
DCA 7:40 a.m. ILM 9:20 a.m
ILM 9:50 a.m. DCA 11:30 a.m.

“This announcement is wonderful news for the city of Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “Our citizens, businesses and tourism industry will all benefit greatly from expanded service from Wilmington to Washington, D.C. — increasing revenue, tourism and economic growth.  I commend Wilmington International Airport and American Airlines for all the hard-work that went into securing this daily, non-stop flight.”

The summer seasonal non-stop flights between ILM and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) will begin in June and run through Labor Day.  During this summer season, non-stop flights will occur daily.  The flight is well timed to offer 74 connections beyond Chicago.

Tickets between ILM-DCA as well as ILM-ORD are now available for purchase on American Airlines’ website


About the Wilmington International Airport: The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on Delta, American Airlines, and (as of April 2018) United Airlines.  Welcoming nearly 820,000 passengers annually, The Wilmington International Airport is the fifth largest airport in North Carolina. The NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2016 report estimated ILM’s economic impact at over $1.6 billion.  For more information on ILM, please visit