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How many commercial airline carriers have flown out of ILM and who were they?

Gareth McGrath
StarNews

Since the current terminal opened in 1989, Wilmington International Airport has seen a number of carriers come and go over the years.

But in one form or another, including through commuter partners and airlines that they acquired, US Airways and Delta have been serving the Port City even before the airport moved passenger operations from its old cramped facility.

Other carriers that used to serve the airport in the past two decades include Midway, United Express and American Eagle.

Allegiant Air is Wilmington’s newest carrier, serving Orlando-Sanford. It also used to fly to St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport, although that service was dropped in May 2009.

Airport officials have recently been talking to a major carrier, probably United or American, about starting up service to Chicago-O’Hare International Airport.

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5 Responses to “ How many commercial airline carriers have flown out of ILM and who were they?”

  1. On September 30, 2010 at 6:46 am Gene wrote:

    How could you possibly fail to mention Piedmont Airlines in this article considering their first flight originated in Wilmington, and that airline was such a huge success and popular with travelers?

  2. On September 30, 2010 at 11:55 am HR wrote:

    Continental airlines also served ILM during the early 90′s via Greensboro.

  3. On July 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm Stanley Outlaw wrote:

    Don’t forget National Airline, it and Piedmont were the mainstays of the late 50s.

  4. On July 19, 2011 at 8:12 am Vince Hagerty wrote:

    I enjoyed going to Bluethenthal in the 1950s viewing Piedmont DC-3s and National DC-6s. On occasion, Piedmont would actually return to the field after takeoff to pickup a passenger who failed to board on time! You were close to the ramp area and it was interesting to see the props start with guy standing by with fire extinguisher. A puff of dense smoke would come out and gas fumes filled the air but only briefly. A stiff gust of air would hit you when the aircraft started to taxi. Up close and fun!

  5. On January 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm Walter Bowden wrote:

    You forgot Piedmont and National Airlines



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