Asheville Regional Airport
|Asheville Regional Airport|
|Gates 5, 6 and 7 in the main terminal.|
|IATA: AVL – ICAO: KAVL – FAA LID: AVL|
|Owner||City of Asheville|
|Operator||Asheville Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||2,165 ft / 660 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Asheville Regional Airport (IATA: AVL, ICAO: KAVL, FAA LID: AVL) is a Class C airport near Interstate 40 and Interstate 26 near the town of Fletcher, 9 miles (14 km) south of the city of Asheville, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is owned by the city of Asheville. In 2010 it served a total of 735,760 passengers, an increase of 27% over 2009.
Facilities and aircraft 
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 67,340 aircraft operations, an average of 184 per day: 62% general aviation, 29% air taxi, 2% scheduled commercial and 7% military. In 2010, there were 124 aircraft based at this airport: 65% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 8% jet and 5% helicopter.
The airport currently sees the following models of aircraft on a regular basis:
- Canadair Regional Jet (50 or 70 passengers)
- De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Turboprop (37 or 50 passengers)
- Embraer ERJ (37 or 50 passengers)
- McDonell Douglas MD-80 (150 passengers)
- Douglas DC-9 (120 passengers)
- Various charter aircraft
A Concorde visited AVL during a 1987 promotional tour and was snowed-in overnight. Chartered Boeing 747s (United Airlines) have also visited, as has an Airbus A340 during the visit of Charles, Prince of Wales, to the nearby Biltmore Estate in 1996. AVL's 8,001-foot (2,439 m) runway allows for the operation of almost any aircraft type.
In April 2010, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama landed in Asheville aboard Air Force One (Boeing C-32) for a weekend getaway. In October 2011, President Obama landed in Asheville aboard the larger (Boeing VC-25) Air Force One to kick off his North Carolina and Virginia bus tour to promote his Jobs Bill and gave a speech at the airport, and made a reference in his speech that cited potential enhancements at the airport as part of the jobs push. President Obama returned to Asheville on February 13, 2013 on the same aircraft for a brief visit and speech at a nearby manufacturing facility.
The current terminal building opened on June 7, 1961. A $20 million airport expansion and renovation project began in 1987. The expansion project, designed by Odell Associates and Wood & Cort Architects, was completed in 1992, which resulted in expansion of the ticket lobby, baggage claim area and administrative office space. A second-level boarding area and jetways were constructed, as well as an atrium to the existing lobby. The ground-level boarding areas were expanded and renovated in 2003, which was designed by McCreary/Snow Architects, PA and built by Wilkie Construction Company, Inc. In 2009, $17.8 million of improvements designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture were completed, including a Guest Services center, an additional baggage carousel, rental car desks, offices and security enhancements.
Airlines and destinations 
|Allegiant Air||Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater (begins June 6, 2013)|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||New York-LaGuardia|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Detroit|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Newark|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Charlotte, Philadelphia|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Charlotte
Top destinations 
|2||Charlotte, NC||118,000||US Airways|
|6||New York-LaGuardia, NY||14,000||Delta, US Airways|
|10||Dallas-Fort Worth, TX||5,000||American|
On July 19, 1967, Piedmont Airlines Flight 22, a Boeing 727, collided in mid-air with a Cessna 310 just south of the airport in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The collision happened just moments after the 727 took off from the Asheville Airport. All 82 people on both planes were killed.
On March 14, 2003, a Cessna 177 Cardinal crashed into Old Fort Mountain after taking off from the airport. It killed author Amanda Davis, who was on a book tour promoting her first novel Wonder When You'll Miss Me (ISBN 0-688-16781-0), and her parents.
On May 4, 2007, a 1977 Cessna 182 en route to Asheville Regional Airport crashed near the airport, killing three Georgia men. Initial reports said that rapper Jay-Z was on board. These reports were false, however.
- FAA Airport Master Record for AVL ( PDF), effective 2008-04-10
- Asheville Regional Airport - History
- Metzger, Harrison (February 14, 1988). "Dispute May Delay Airport Project". The Times-News. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Odell Associates - Aviation
- "Asheville Regional Airport Dedication Plaque - 2012". Airchive. 2CMedia. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Asheville Regional Airport Terminal Ph I - Reed Construction Data
- ATL05FA013 NTSB report 27 October, 2004
- ASN Aircraft Accident 27-OCT-2004
- Asheville Regional Airport, official web site
- PDF at North Carolina DOT airport guide
- (PDF), effective May 2, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for AVL, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: