Investor Profile: Wilmington International Airport
Wilmington International Airport (ILM) traces its history to the 1920s when it was known as Bluethenthal Field. Today, ILM is North Carolina’s fourth largest commercial airport and a major economic asset for the Southeast Region.
Two of the world’s largest airlines – Delta and American – serve the airport with daily non-stop flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Fixed Base Operations support general aviation aircraft with a full array of fueling, maintenance, cleaning, catering and more.
As an economic engine, ILM has more than doubled its impact during the past four years, according to a report by the Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University. In 2016, ILM will contribute $1.6 billion to the region’s economy, the report estimates. The facility now directly and indirectly supports nearly 5,000 jobs.
ILM’s economic potential is even greater when you consider the capacity of ILM Business Park, a shovel-ready 140-acre property primed with industry-grade utilities and multi-modal transportation access. Earlier this year, ILM Business Park became the nation’s first international airport industrial park to earn a “fiber-ready” designation from AT&T. Companies locating at the park have ready access to the digital economy and the world’s major business centers.