Coastal Carolina Regional Airport expands in New Bern

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern celebrated the completion of phase one of its expansion project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The terminal size has been increased by 20%, aiming to boost the local tourism economy.

“Annually, the airport contributes over $500 million to Craven County’s economy. This impact continues to grow each year through visitor travel,” said Melissa Riggle, Executive Director of Craven County Tourism Development.

The terminal expansion is part of a comprehensive master plan to enhance the airport’s long-term attractiveness and functionality. New features include upgraded TSA screening areas, enhanced safety measures, and increased capacity for travelers.

“We’re pleased with these essential upgrades that cater to the needs of our traveling public. The airport serves our community and region by providing this vital service,” commented Andrew Shorter, Director of EWN Airport.

Shorter aims to position Coastal Carolina Regional Airport as a competitive hub by accommodating more airlines and passenger traffic over the next 20 years.

The original terminal, constructed before 9/11, necessitated updates for improved TSA effectiveness and traveler safety. Future phases will include installing sprinkler systems, further expansions, and improving terminal access.

Today’s expansion introduces a new 10,000 square-foot holding facility for departing and arriving passengers at New Bern.