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Construction underway to expand Coastal Carolina Regional Airport

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Photo: Craven County Economic Development / Craven 100 Alliance
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Coastal Carolina Regional Airport will undergo a series of high-profile projects this year, including a runway extension and terminal expansion.

Construction has begun at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport to expand its terminal.

The project will expand the number of gates and jet bridges, opening the possibility for more flights - and more destinations -- to be added. Completion is expected in late 2024, and the first phase of construction will cost 26 million dollars.

The expansion is just one of many recent investments in the airport. The airport is relocating a portion of Williams Road in order to expand its runway to 6,800 feet. A longer runway will allow for larger planes to fly in and out.

In June of last year, the airport began seasonal nonstop flights to Washington D.C., and in August, $1.4 million was collected from national, state, and local agencies to recruit airlines and add destinations in the Northeast.

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport brought in nearly $500 million in economic output last year and provides more than 2,500 jobs. All this investment is part of Craven County’s economic development plan aimed at strengthening the airport’s appeal and functionality.

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