Wilmington International Airport Awarded over $6.5 Million in Airport Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) received notification of awards for $6,552,227 in Airport Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. These funds are intended to provide the airport assistance in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the FAA established the Airport Rescue Grants.  ARPA funds may be used for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, combatting the spread of pathogens and debt service payments. Funds may also be used to provide relief from rent and minimum annual guarantees for eligible airport concessions.

“ILM would like to thank Congress and the FAA for their support of the aviation industry during the pandemic,” stated Granseur Dick, Facilities Director. “These funding efforts assist the economic recovery of ILM and airports across the nation and have helped ensure that the transportation and safety needs of the communities we serve are met.”

Media Contact:                                                                                                
Granseur Dick, P.E., C.M.
Facilities Director


About the Wilmington International Airport: The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on American Airlines, Delta, and United.  In 2019, ILM welcomed 1,075,963 passengers annually. ILM services numerous non-stop destinations; allowing for convenient domestic and international travel. The Wilmington International Airport is the fifth largest airport in North Carolina. The NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2020 report estimated ILM’s economic impact at $2.25 billion and 16,385 jobs.  For more information on ILM, please visit flyILM.com