New Hanover County Airport Authority Welcomes New Member, Elects Officers

Faison Gibson Sutton

The New Hanover County Airport Authority is pleased to welcome Ms. Faison Gibson Sutton to the board. Sutton was appointed to the Airport Authority by the New Hanover County Commissioners on June 20, 2022 and will serve a four-year term through June 30, 2026.  Faison Gibson Sutton, who was born and raised in Wilmington, is an experienced commercial real estate attorney focused on real property acquisition, development, leasing & finance. She gained 18 years of experience at Murchison, Taylor, & Gibson, PLLC, and she also served as the firm’s first female Managing Partner in 2018.  An active member of the community, Sutton has served on numerous community and economic development boards.  New Hanover County Commissioners also re-appointed Mr. Spruill Thompson to the Airport Authority.  Thompson was re-appointed June 20, 2022 and will serve his second four-year term through June 30, 2026. 

At the July 13th Airport Authority meeting, Faison Gibson Sutton was officially sworn-in to the Authority and the New Hanover County Airport Authority elected its officers. Spruill Thompson was elected Airport Authority Chairman, Nick Rhodes, Jr. was elected Vice-Chairman, and Tom Wolfe was elected Secretary.  Officers are elected for a one-year term. 

Review the list of current New Hanover County Airport Authority Board Members.


About the Wilmington International Airport: The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on American, Avelo, Delta, and United.  These air carriers provide nonstop service to thirteen markets, connecting travelers to over 360 destinations.  Avelo Airlines, ILM’s newest carrier plans to begin nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale, beginning Nov. 11th.  Earlier this year, United launched nonstop service to Newark airport, American increased nonstop service to Boston on a daily seasonal service and resumed seasonal service to Chicago, and Delta announced an increase to daily seasonal service to LaGuardia.  In May, ILM set a record for the number of enplanements at ILM.  The NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2020 report estimated ILM’s economic impact at $2.25 billion and 16,385 jobs.