NC Airport - Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Here is a list and small information of some of the international
and/or major regional airports in North Carolina.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) located in between the two
cities of the Wake County covers 1,995 hectares of land and has three
runways. The airport has nearly 500 daily flights catering to 44
domestic and international destinations. RDU is the first airport in the
region, having been opened in 1929 originally as a municipal airport.
The area's limited space has led to the construction of a larger
replacement airport to cater both the Raleigh and Durham area, which
opened in May 1, 1943 with flight by Eastern Airlines. Other airlines
that have been servicing in the airport are Capital Airlines, Piedmont
Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Allegheny Airlines, Trans World Airlines and
American Airlines. By 2007, passenger traffic in RDU has reached
approximately 10 million passengers. For those who are entering or
leaving RDU airport, public transportation is always provided by the
Triangle transit, a regional bus service the Wake, Durham and Orange
counties, the triangle region of North Carolina. One can also choose to
hire taxi, shuttle or rental car services.
Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) located west of
Greensboro services the cities Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.
Planning stage of the PTIA started in 1927 with the purchasing of 45
hectares of land for an airmail route. In May 1927, the property was
christened, leading to the first regular air mail service in North
Carolina in 1928 (the second in the United States), and named it
Pitcairn Aviation, Incorporated. After it was closed due to the Great
Depression, it reopened in 1937 now with a new name, Eastern Air
Transport, which later became Eastern Air Lines. In 1958, opened a
passenger terminal, changing its name to Greensboro-High Point Regional
Airport and was changed again Greensboro-High Point Airport and again to
Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Regional Airport. In 1987, the
airport was again renamed to its current name, in lieu with the
construction of new facilities.
Wilmington International Airport or New Hanover County International
Airport is located in northern Wilmington. This former military base has
two long runways and single terminal. This airport is also one of the
few airports that can be used for emergency Space Shuttle take-off.
Among its current improvements and renovations are the inclusion of the
development of a new Instrument Landing System and the resurfacing of
runway which has been untouched in 30 years.
Other primary airports in North Carolina are the following: Asheville
Regional Airport in Asheville, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
in Charlotte, Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville,
Pitt-Greenville Airport in Greenville, Albert J. Ellis Airport in
Jacksonville, Kinston Regional Airport in Kinston and Craven County
Regional Airport in New Bern.