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ILM Ends Year On High Note, Aims For Expansion

Wilmington International Airport has set another passenger record. Numbers just released show that more than 836,000 passengers flew in and out of ILM last year.  This year, the airport is set to grow in new ways.

2017 was a very good year for ILM.

“In 2017 we had another record year, beating last year’s total passengers by over 18,000 passengers.”

Julie Wilsey is the airport director. She believes this new year will be yet another record-breaker. It will also be the year an ILM expansion gets underway.

“We hope to have the design wrapped up by May or June, go out for bid, and start the first phase – phase 1A – get it under construction in the fall of 2018. That will focus primarily on the ticket counter and the outbound baggage processing areas... That is probably the most critical area of the operation today, so we’re going to hit that first.”

Also slated for expansion is the TSA checkpoint, and construction of more gates and jetway areas. Parking decks are planned a few years from now.

United Airlines joins the ILM family in April, with four flights a day. American is also adding flights in 2018.