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Is there any plan to route a new entrance from the airport into Wilmington?

Q. It doesn’t exactly say “Welcome to Wilmington!” when the first sight air travelers see upon leaving the airport is the correctional facility and then the wastewater treatment plant. Is there any plan to route a new entrance directly from Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (and bypass these unsightly facilities)?

A. According to Jon Rosborough, the ILM International Airport director, there are no plans to move the entrance or build a new one.

“Because of the way the airport is currently designed (terminal, runways and taxiways, ramps, hangars, fixed based operators, parking, business park etc.) it would not be feasible either financially or practically to construct a new entrance to the airport.”

Rosborough said the airport has invested in the appearance of the entrance over the past few years, adding attractive landscaping, signage and lighting.

“We also work with the prison and maintain their property across from the airport entrance. The trees and other foliage on the west side of 23rd Street have grown to where they more effectively mask the sight of the prison from our guests entering and exiting the airport,” said Rosborough.

In regards to the New Hanover County Wastewater Treatment Facility, Rosborough said it has been recently upgraded with technology that does a good job of eliminating the foul odor that used to be prevalent prior to the renovation.


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