ILM Fall News: Trip Ideas & Chance to Win a Discovery Flight


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Hit the Slopes in Denver

Our friends at Visit Denver tell us the Mile High City is an outdoor adventure and pro sports paradise. You can enjoy hikes, excursions, parks, sporting events and other Denver recreation adventures. Denver also has one of the world’s most stunning backyards: the majestic Rockies and everything that Colorado has to offer. The Mile High City is the gateway to amazing locations, just waiting for you to explore. With United, you can fly to Denver with a convenient 1 stop connection through Chicago.
So what are you waiting for, get outdoors and start exploring!

Fly United ILM-ORD-DEN

American Airlines Will Begin Daily Nonstop Service to Dallas-Fort Worth

American Airlines begins their daily, nonstop service from Wilmington International Airport (ILM)to Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) on December 19th 2018. The holiday season is one of the best times to escape to Fort Worth with the family! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and shop around Sundance Square, head up to Texas Motor Speedway to see over 2 million LED lights at the Gift of Lights, skate around Panther Island Ice – Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, see a holiday show at Bass Performance Hall, or snap a photo with Santa in Sundance Square Plaza. Check out the Top 14 Things to Do via Visit Fort Worth’s Holiday Checklist.

Fly Nonstop on American Airlines ILM-DFW

We’re Growing!

Growth is all around us.  Our community’s population is growing.  Passenger travel through ILM is growing.  And air service at ILM is growing, with the addition of new routes and new airlines.  In order to help accommodate the growth, and provide an exceptional airport experience for our customers, the Wilmington International Airport is expanding our terminal.

ILM’s terminal expansion is comprised of three construction phases spanning approximately 4+ years.  Monteith Construction broke ground on the 1st phase this month.  With hammers already swinging, this initial phase will be “behind the scenes” and mostly out of public view, but passengers may notice occasional noise and vibrations as construction continues below the airline ticket counters, preparing the TSA baggage handling system for the 2nd phase.  The 2nd phase will begin in April of 2019 and construction will last about 12 months.  During the second phase, the public will notice construction work as we expand the airline ticket lobby, ticket counters and ticket offices.  Overall, there will be approximately 15,000SF of new space for airline operations and passengers.  The 3rd phase is around the corner and is slated to begin in spring of 2020.  Plans include expanding the TSA checkpoint, adding a new concourse and gate seating, as well as additional restaurant/retail space.

Stay tuned as we expand our terminal to best meet the needs of our growing community, passengers, and air service providers! 

The Benefits of TSA PreCheck

One of the most frequent questions from airline passengers is “How early do I need to arrive at the airport before my flight?” It’s a legitimate concern and should be part of the planning checklist for any trip requiring a plane ticket.  With the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays ahead, now is the time to book your flights from Wilmington International Airport (ILM) to your final destination.

While you are thinking ahead and considering how early you may need to get up for an early morning flight at ILM, go ahead and schedule an appointment for your TSA Precheck. The process is quick, easy and worth the investment.For the price of $85, a traveler can have a fast pass ticket for TSA screening during that 5 year time period. That’s the equivalent of just $17 a year! Children under 12 years of age are free to the program if they travel with their parent. Overall, it’s quite a bargain.

In addition to a shorter wait in line, TSA Precheck lanes have streamlined divesting processes.  Passengers can keep their 3oz liquid bottles in their carry on and do not have to take off shoes, light jackets, and hats.  To many, the thought of walking barefoot through a public building is motivation to get Precheck.

How does it work?

  • Pre-enroll online
  • Schedule a 10 minute, in-person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting. Wilmington has a local Precheck enrollment center, making it more convenient than ever to get the interview scheduled and completed. It’s located at 2632 Carolina Beach Road in Suite #4.
  • Get a Known Traveler Number (KTN)
  • Use it whenever you book a flight
  • Go into designated TSA Precheck lines at the airport. More than 200 airports and 54 airlines provide TSA Precheck.

So, as you plan your upcoming travel from Wilmington International Airport (via American AirlinesUnited, or Delta) make sure you also apply for TSA Precheck to save time at the airport.

Advertising Special: Effectively Promote Your Business at ILM

Did you know in 2017 alone over 830,000 passengers traveled through Wilmington International Airport? If you’re seeking new advertising options for your business, consider advertising at ILM airport.  Passengers in airports have “dwell times.”  An example of this is when travelers are in the gate area waiting for their flight to board. Or when they are by the baggage carousel while waiting for their luggage to arrive after their flight.  This down time offers a great opportunity for area businesses and organizations to get their message in front of well-educated individuals with disposable income.  Make a positive first and last impression to those traveling through ILM!

ILM offers digital and static advertising options and can create custom packages to meet your needs.  And now, for a limited time ILM is offering first time advertisers 15% off advertising rates!  This special rate is good only until Nov 9th & applies to contracts 6 months or longer.  Mention this new advertiser special when you call.

Contact Us Today and Receive This Special Limited-Time Rate
Call Jean: 910-617-4300 |  Email: [email protected]

Interested In A Future Career as a Pilot?  Curious To Learn How To Fly As A Hobby? Stop by All American Aviation Services’ Open House Saturday Nov 10th 10a-2p. At the event you can:

  • Take a 1-hour Discovery Flight*
  • View Aircraft on Display-including private aircraft and Civil Air Patrol aircraft
  • Learn More about Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Training
  • Attendees receive a free raffle ticket! 5 lucky winners will receive a free discovery flight!**

*Book a 1 hour discovery flight for a special rate-$99. Email [email protected]
**Flights will be given away on behalf of Air Wilmington and provided by All American Aviation Services

Event located at Air Wilmington, 1817 Aviation Dr
Learn More: 910-297-8811 or

For Lease: Location, Location, Location!

Wilmington International Airport has a single user building available with N 23rd St frontage. Great location and signage opportunity. Close proximity to downtown Wilmingtonmajor highways, and the Wilmington International Airport. 6,854 SF total.  Office and dock high warehouse space on 7 acres site. Review the floor plan and view the site plan.
Contact Us Today To Set Up An Appointment
Call Carol: 910-202-9390 |  Email: [email protected]

Spotted at ILM: Hurricane Florence

Air Wilmington’s ramp was full with aircraft and emergency officials; helping with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.  Thank you!