Coastal Carolina Begins First Phase of Runway Expansion

 - July 19, 2022, 9:47 AM
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, North Carolina, will commence an $8 million runway expansion project by realigning a road to the northeast of the airport to allow for the expansion of runways 4-22. (Photo: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport)

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (KEWN) in New Bern, North Carolina, is set to receive $8 million from the state for the first phase of a runway expansion project. The project will realign Williams Road, which restricts the length of the airport’s runway. Once complete, the runway 4-22 will be expanded to 6,800 feet.

“Re-aligning the road and extending the runway is another step toward building a bright future for KEWN,” said airport director Andrew Shorter. “A longer runway will make it possible for larger planes to use KEWN, allowing us to continue to serve the travel needs of our local community and visitors to the area now and into the future.”

The runway extension is one of several improvement projects at the airport. These include completing a $5 million aircraft rescue and firefighting facility late last year and a new hangar scheduled to be opened at the end of this week. Shorter told AIN the new hangar has been leased to D2 Government Solutions, which operates the D2 Flight Academy and provides contract and non-contract MRO services at the airport.

“We’ve been making plans for years and are now thrilled to see some of those projects coming to fruition,” Shorter said. “We continue to pursue grant funding from the FAA and other sources to fund more of these projects, including an upcoming large-scale terminal expansion.”