Albert J. Ellis Airport
Albert J. Ellis Airport
|Serves||Jacksonville, North Carolina|
|Location||264 Albert Ellis Airport Road|
Richlands, North Carolina
|Elevation AMSL||94 ft / 29 m|
Albert J. Ellis Airport (IATA: OAJ, ICAO: KOAJ, FAA LID: OAJ) is a county-owned public-use airport in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. It is located in Richlands, 10 nautical miles (19 km) northwest of the central business district of Jacksonville and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The airport has a single runway and three gates. Opening on February 15, 1971, the airport is used by general aviation, the military, and two commercial airlines, American Eagle and Delta Connection. 
On August 30, 2006, Delta Air Lines announced new service from the airport to Atlanta, Georgia, operated by Delta Connection carrier Express Jet Airlines, starting on December 11, 2006. Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet operates CRJ-200/700s/900s and Delta Air Lines at OAJ. Delta began operating B-717 aircraft on the OAJ-ATL route on August 28, 2016.
Facilities and aircraft
Albert J. Ellis Airport covers an area of 775 acres (314 ha) at an elevation of 94 ft (29 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 5/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 7,100 by 150 ft (2,164 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2014, the airport had 39,262 aircraft operations, an average of 107 per day: 53% general aviation, 22% scheduled commercial, 19% military, and 6% air taxi. At that time, 24 aircraft were based at this airport: 81% single-engined and 19% multiengined.
The airport is served by a fixed-base operator, Skyport Aviation, which offers fueling, maintenance, flight instruction, and aircraft rentals for the new 10,000-ft2 executive terminal, which opened in 2015.
In 2013, the airport began construction on a two-story, 67,000 ft2 replacement passenger terminal building. The new terminal features passenger loading bridges, new concessions, expanded passenger areas, and space for additional airlines. This is part of the Airport's $50-million Terminal Area Redevelopment Program. The new terminal was topped off on June 10, 2014, and officially opened on August 19, 2015.
A project to add a 900-ft extension to the northeast end of the runway (lengthening the runway to 8000 ft total) is scheduled to begin in 2023, with construction beginning in 2025. Projects to improve the airfield lighting and taxiways are also planned to begin between 2023 and 2027. 
Top nonstop destinations
|1||Charlotte, North Carolina||94,000|
Airlines and destinations
|Xtra Airways||Charter: Atlantic City|
- FAA Airport Master Record for OAJ ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 29 July 2010.
- Albert J. Ellis Airport, official site
- OAJ Airport Director
- FAA 5010 Record
- Tew, Elizabeth. "Albert J. Ellis Airport breaks ground on new air traffic control tower". wcnt.com. Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
- Preliminary - Albert J. Ellis Airport Stats
- "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. January 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
- (PDF), effective November 7, 2019
- "Albert J. Ellis Airport" (PDF). at NCDOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of March 1993 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OAJ, effective November 7, 2019
- Resources for this airport: