Nine N.C. Airports Receive Funds for Safety, Development Projects

FAYETTEVILLE – In its May meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved state and federal grants for projects to bolster the economy and improve safety at nine North Carolina airports. 

Nearly $13.6 million in state and federal funding has been granted for projects that will help these airports grow, such as new hangar sites and updated safety lighting.

About $4.1 million of that funding will go to Statesville Regional Airport to construct a new aircraft parking apron and car parking lot, from a specific NCDOT Division of Aviation fund for economic development projects. A tenant at that airport that flies NASCAR teams and their families to races across the country has grown twice as fast as expected, and this project is the first step to moving them to a new facility that will meet their current and future needs. 

“This will also open up new land for future tenants who may be looking to locate at our airport, and help us keep pace with growth in the region,” said John Ferguson, Statesville Regional Airport’s manager. “This will keep good, well-paid jobs here in Statesville and help attract more opportunities in the future.”

The projects the N.C. Board of Transportation approved are:

  • $291,600 to install a new Precision Approach Path Indicator light system at Anson County Airport,
  • $70,862 for costs associated with land acquisition at Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Southport,
  • $1,593,000 in additional funding for apron rehabilitation at Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport,
  • $1,075,570 for the development of a site for T-hangars to store small, private aircraft at Duplin County Airport,
  • $560,000 in additional economic development funds towards site development for a fixed-based operator and maintenance facility at Johnston Regional Airport,
  • $270,000 for the design of a partial parallel taxiway for Runway 23 at Lumberton Regional Airport,
  • $306,000 in additional funding to remove underground fuel tanks and install a new above-ground system at Rockingham County Airport,
  • $3,500,000 in funding from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to construct a taxiway and hangars at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport,
  • $4,112,600 in economic development funding for a new apron and aircraft parking area, and $1,800,000 to install lights on the new eastside parallel taxiway and put in a new lighting vault for future expansion at Statesville Regional Airport.

North Carolina airports serve as a vital economic engine connecting people and business enterprises with the world, and are among the primary economic drivers in their communities. Airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $52 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, according to the 2019 State of Aviation report. They support 307,000 jobs, generate more than $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenue and provide more than $12.6 billion in personal income. 

The funds awarded do not necessarily represent the total cost of the project. 

New Airport Terminal Draws Professionals For Training

The new Mac Campbell Sr. Terminal Building at the Elizabethtown Airport (Curtis Brown Field) has been in use since the ribbon cutting in early March 2019. Today the facility hosted the North Carolina Airport Association Regional Meeting, according to Town of Elizabethtown Manger, Eddie Madden. 

“I want to recognize and thank Eddie Madden. Thank you for continuing to help our airport grow and our town to grow,” said Mayor Campbell during the ribbon cutting. 

Madden is continuing his work to grow the airport and the town. Over 50 airport professionals from across the state were in attendance at the meeting. 

The large group took part in training and heard an update from the NC Division of Aviation staff on the progress of North Carolina airports.

North Carolina’s public airports annually contribute $52 billion to the state’s economy, supporting 307,000 jobs that generate $12.6 billion in personal income and $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenues according to NC Department of Transportation’s website. 

The site continues to report, “North Carolina boasts the nation’s second fastest-growing aerospace manufacturing sector, with strong aerospace maintenance and military aviation enterprises, 14 commercial airline operators and 26 air freight companies. North Carolina is at the forefront of innovations catalyzing the growth of an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) economy.”Share: