Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
|Coastal Carolina Regional Airport|
|Operator||New Bern, North Carolina|
|Serves||New Bern, Craven, Carteret, Jones, Pamlico Counties|
|Elevation AMSL||5.5 ft / 2 m|
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (IATA: EWN, ICAO: KEWN, FAA LID: EWN) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) southeast of central business district of New Bern, a town in Craven County, North Carolina, United States.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport serves four counties in Eastern North Carolina. They include Craven County, Pamlico County, Carteret County, and Jones County. The total population encachment area of the four counties as of the June 2004 census was 176,851. Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is the main connection to Crystal Coast North Carolina destinations such as Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, various seasonal camps including Camp Sea Gull/Seafarer and Camp Don Lee, and Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
On July 10, 2008 the North Carolina General Assembly ratified a bill that allowed Craven County Regional Airport to change its name to Coastal Carolina Regional Airport. The name change became effective on August 15, 2008.
The airport was previously named Craven County Regional Airport, Simmons-Nott Airport, and New Bern Regional Airport. Simmons-Nott came from North Carolina Senator Furnifold McLendel Simmons who was present at the 1931 dedication of the new terminal. During an air performance for the dedication, United States Marine Corps First Lieutenant Joel Nott was killed. Senator Simmons required that 1stLt Nott's named be added to the airport to pay homage for the fallen military officer.
On August 8, 1941, the Marine Corps leased the airport to become an outlying field of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and named it OLF Camp Mitchell. In the beginning of 1942 the Army Air Forces used the field for anti-submarine patrols. The field was later closed for seven months during 1942 while two hard surface runways and a runway lighting system were installed. The first Marine aviation units began to arrive at the field in February 1943. Among the units to train at the field during the war was Marine Aircraft Group 34 and fighter squadrons VMF-324 and VMF-511. In January 1944, plans were announced to expand the field. However these plans were abandoned because the Marine Corps acquired surplus Army fields.
In 2011, Coast Carolina Regional Airport hosted three Honor Flights for World War II veterans.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport currently has three gates for use by airlines, all of which are located on the central pier and share a common boarding area. The $17 million terminal for EWN was completed on November 5, 1999 by the LPA Group. As of June 2006, Coastal Carolina Regional has approved their 20 year Master Plan: an extension of the main runway, the runway safety area expansion, a larger noise zone, and a new control tower. Also located in the terminal is an eatery (Glenburnie Grill), and several car rental agencies.
Airlines and destinations
|US Airways Express||Charlotte|
|1||Charlotte, NC||CLT||85,000||US Airways|
|FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo||Greensboro|
|UPS Airlines operated by Martinaire||Raleigh-Durham|
The NC USO opened an Information desk at EWN on November 21, 2011. This marked the 5th USO facility in North Carolina. Volunteers man the USO desk and assist military personnel and family to figure out how to get to MCAS Cherry Point, MCAS New River or Camp Lejeune. The volunteers help arrange transportation, provide a small package of personal items and assist families with children get from plane to car and generally serve as an information and referral system with a nice smiling face.
Coastal Carolina Regional is mostly used for general aviation but is also served by two commercial airlines. There are currently an average of 131 aircraft movements (take-offs and landings) at EWN, of which 16-20 are commercial airline movements. EWN is currently looking for additional airlines to provide service due to the increase in flying passengers that pass through EWN yearly.
General aviation provides most of the aircraft movements at EWN. The Fixed Based Operators at EWN are Tidewater Air, LLC and Tradewind International. A Parachute Jumping school is currently seeking approval to be based at EWN.
In September 2007, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport awarded a $677,000 contract to build a new 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) general aviation terminal for Tidewater Aviation. The new terminal has a lobby, greeting area, restrooms, showers, conference room, crew resting areas, work areas, and storage area. The terminal has the same facade and visually identical to the main terminal building. The new General Aviation terminal was dedicated on July 9, 2008.
- FAA Airport Master Record for EWN ( PDF)
- Mayo, Nikie (July 10, 2008). "Airport Name Can Be Coastal Carolina Regional Airport". New Bern Sun Journal. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
- "New Bern/Morehead/Beaufort, NC: Coastal Carolina Regional (EWN)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. May 2013.
- Shettle Jr., M. L. (2001). United States Marine Corps Air Stations of World War II. Bowersville, Georgia: Schaertel Publishing Co. ISBN 0-9643388-2-3.
- Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (official site)
- PDF at North Carolina DOT airport guide
- (PDF), effective March 5, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for EWN, effective March 5, 2015
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