For Immediate Release
Delta Air Lines to Suspend Air Service to Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN)
New Bern, NC, 03 June, 2020 – Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) announced that they have been identified as one of 75 communities to temporarily lose a portion of the air service related to schedule reductions by 15 airlines, resulting from the continued impact of COVID on the airline industry.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently changed the standard for airlines to request exemption for providing air service to all of the communities where they operated prior to the COVID crisis. They are switching to a “systematic process” to allow carriers to “reduce the number of points they must serve as a proportion of their total service obligation.” Their plan “will allow carriers to exempt from their service obligation five (5) percent of the points in their service obligation list, or five (5) points, whichever is greater.” The DOT will grant exemptions to carriers, allowing airlines to suspend flight operations at defined airports while ensuring that the airport continues to be served by at least one carrier.
As a result of the DOT’s rule change, Delta Air Lines will plan to temporarily suspend air service operations to the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport. “Delta has not disclosed the exact timing for implementing this change, so passengers with current Delta bookings will need to check with the airline directly” said Andrew Shorter, the Airport Director at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport.
“Our market fundamentals are sound and our airline partners have historically been pleased with their business models here at EWN but these are different times and air travel has been off by as much as 96% during this crisis,” Shorter stated.
American Airlines will continue to serve the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport with regular daily nonstop service to Charlotte International Airport (CLT) with easy one-stop flight connections to points around the United States and the world.
In an effort to gauge the demand signal moving forward, please visit flyewn.com to fill out a brief travel survey so that the airport can demonstrate how the need for air service here at EWN will continue to be strong.
EWN Airport Director, Andrew Shorter, Receives 2020 Airport Professional of the Year Award from the American Association of Airport Executives, Southeast Chapter
Originally, Shorter was to receive the award on March 31, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas, but plans changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SEC AAAE award winner recognition is for examples of outstanding contributions in the business of aviation.
Shorter began the award period working on clean up and recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence, which inundated the general aviation side of the airport with flood waters as high as 40 inches and ended the award period coordinating an air bridge to potentially airlift up to 700 victims from their Outer Banks homes during another hurricane.
In between these natural disasters, the Airport Director was instrumental in the following accomplishments:
- Served as panelist for the North Carolina Division of Aviation’s strategic planning initiative, “Envisioning our Future, Aligning for Impact”
- Member of the State’s Strategic Transportation Initiative (STI) aviation working group
- Became a member of the Craven County transportation plan working group
- Launched his airport into two major business initiatives
- Delivered the keynote speech for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremonies at the North Carolina History Center
- Served as Vice President and Annual Concrete Committee Chairman of the North Carolina Airports Association
- Oversaw eighteen capital projects at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport last year
Mr. Shorter first came to EWN in 2014 as Deputy Director before his promotion to Airport Director in 2016. Before joining EWN, he held a storied military career highlighted by Chief, Joint Training, Readiness Exercises US European Command, Commanding Officer, Marine Air Group 14 and Director of Operations, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives has 450 members from 12 States, District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport-EWN serves Eastern North Carolina with non-stop flights to Charlotte and Atlanta with worldwide connections through American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) cares about you!
We are open and flights are still operating.
We know that our passengers have questions about how COVID-19 is impacting EWN and what we are doing to help protect passengers. The safety and well-being of our passengers and employees is our number-one priority. In an effort to ensure that passengers feel comfortable while traveling, EWN has made several proactive enhancements to our facility and our cleaning procedures. We are practicing social distancing in the TSA lines. We have installed more hand sanitizer dispensers and increased the frequency to disinfect restrooms and public areas. Triple Play Oasis remains open with takeout options in order to serve our passengers and employees.
It’s important to be aware of the CDC’s current travel advisories. CDC recommends that older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to most global destinations. More information on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at https://www.cdc.gov.
As airlines continue to reduce their flight schedules, EWN is experiencing a significant reduction in passenger traffic. However, despite these reductions, EWN is open and flights are still operating.
The Airport Authority will continue to take proactive steps to keep customers, stakeholders and employees safe. Thank you for choosing EWN and stay healthy!
FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub recipient.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.
Sub Applicant: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
Project Title:  Minor Facilities Items; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02112
Location of Proposed Work:
|Facility||Address||Latitude||Longitude||Date of Construction|
|Coastal Carolina Regional Airport|
|200 Terminal Dr. New Bern, NC 28560||35.07834||-77.03237||1999|
Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:
This project is for repairs to the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport which is located within an X, Shaded X, and AE Zones. Confirmation of location in an SFHA was determined by Craven County Flood Insurance Rate Map panel number 3720548800J, dated 07/02/2004. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by similar flooding events due to its location within an AE Zone. A portion of the proposed work will take place in a Freshwater Forested/Shrub Wetland per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory but will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.
Proposed Work and Purpose:
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is requesting funds to repair minor damages throughout the airport. Repairs will be made to roofing and flooring in multiple buildings, security fencing, a sculpture, lights and associated components, and parking control elements. Fencing will be protected by sandbags in the future events, toll booth windows will be caulked, and a backup generator will be installed for continued operations in future events. The purpose of these repairs is to return the damaged portions of the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport and restore flight operations in Craven County.
Alternative #1 (No action): The “no action” is not practicable because repairs to the facility are essential to restore flight operations in Craven County.
Alternative #2 (In-Kind): Repairing the airport as it was before the disaster would not minimize damages to the facility in future events, and could disrupt flight services.
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:
FEMA Internal 110988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341
Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-02112 11988 COMMENT].
All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.
POSTED ON: (December 23, 2019)
End of Notice
Leigh Ann Cook
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport to Receive $4.9 Million Federal Grant for New Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station
New Bern, NC, November 22, 2019 – Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) announced today they will be in receipt of a $4.9 million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant to construct a new ARFF station.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, as well as U.S. Senator Thom Tillis made the announcement today in Asheville, North Carolina. “The robust economy is enabling more passengers to travel by air so this Administration is investing billions of dollars in America’s airports which will address safer operations, fewer airport delays, and greater ease of travel for air travelers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
This is an additional round of airport funding that the federal government has made available outside of the normal annual AIP funding process. Airport Director Andrew Shorter mentioned that the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Authority’s leadership, foresight and willingness to forward-fund the design phase helped EWN compete for this round of grant funding.
Shorter noted, “With this news, in a 14-month period we have been awarded three AIP grants totaling more than $11 million. Add to that the approximately $6 million from the State of North Carolina and we feel justifiably proud that EWN is doing what is required to position this facility to meet the future aviation demands of the residents and visitors to eastern North Carolina while enhancing our $363 million annual economic impact.”
For more information on future growth, please visit flyEWN.com.
Come Fly With Us!
Leigh Ann Cook
200 Terminal Drive
New Bern, NC 28562
- North Carolina Symphony
- Joseph Peters, conductor
About This Performance
Start your season out on the right note! Join the Symphony for a spectacular evening featuring beloved traditional and popular music, including music from The Polar Express and The Nutcracker—plus a sing-along celebration of the season.
Come early to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus before the concert!
Eastern Dermatology & Pathology
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Tickets for New Bern concerts are also available locally:
New Bern Visitor Center
529 S Front St.
New Bern, NC 28562
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Contributes $362,700,000 to
North Carolina’s Economy
New Bern, NC, January 7, 2019 – Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) contributes $362 million annually to Eastern North Carolina’s local economy, supports 2,125 jobs, and provides approximately $12 million in state and local taxes, based on a report released Monday by the NC Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation.
North Carolina’s publicly owned airports contribute more than $52 billion to the state’s economy and support 307,000 jobs. The report highlights the economic impacts of the state’s public airports and the related aviation and aerospace assets that support North Carolina’s aviation economy. NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) created the report to help guide future investment in aviation infrastructure and to act as a tool for recruiting future aviation and aerospace industry.
All airports generate significant economic return for their communities and the state. The report contains data compiled and analyzed for NCDOT by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education. Andrew Shorter, airport director of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport stated that “Local airports are more than just a sum of their parts. In the case of EWN, the overall impact and value is felt regionally not only due to the commercial airline service but also the air cargo operations, business aviation, agricultural/medical air services, and flight training, to name a few.”
Impacts are calculated based on factors such as jobs supported by the airports and the businesses that rely on them, business and leisure travelers, and airport capital projects and operations.
“Our network of 72 public airports, and the aviation and aerospace assets that rely on them, help move our economy forward by creating jobs, supporting business growth and connecting people and companies to markets around the globe,” said Bobby Walston, director of NCDOT’s Division of Aviation.
Specific details for the economic contribution will be available later this month. View the full report, including the breakdown of each individual airport’s contributions, at ncdot.gov/aviation.
New Bern airport readying for expansion, other big changes
NEW BERN, Craven County — The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is already a busy one. It’s about to get busier.
With nearly a quarter million passengers a year, the airport is a fast-growing location that is in the middle of some growing pains. So the airport is using $5.1 million from the FAA to expand its apron. Plans are to break ground on the project in early fall with the apron completed before Christmas.
“The area is growing, passenger traffic, just the very nature of it, more people fly,” said Airport Director Andy Shorter. “We’re actually really excited about this project. It’s what I call our first transformational project in about 20 years.”
The apron, also known as the ramp, is where the planes park and let people on and off. The one at the New Bern airport has not seen improvements in 20 years.
“So we’ve already re-patched this place twice so that’s why now with the larger airplanes and the heavier airplanes we’ve got to go from asphalt to concrete for the entire ramp so that will be a huge improvement,” Shorter said.
The expanded apron also allows for the possibility of more planes coming to the airport that will fly to more destinations. With airlines like Delta and American no longer buying small planes, the need to make the changes is even more important. Shorter said more than 62,000 square feet will be added to the apron, a major undertaking.
“Certainly in the future, with the longer airplanes that might have longer legs, if we could get legs to other hubs, say Dallas, Charlotte, say Dulles up in the Washington D.C. area, you know that is ultimately a goal for us,” Shorter said. “All airports are always looking for more and better destinations.
“It’s a little bit like like changing the tire of your car as you are driving down the highway, so we have to maintain all of our operations capability but yet we have to rebuild this entire ramp. So we will do it one half at a time.”
Shorter said the expansion will eventually include a bigger terminal, more TSA screenings and ultimately putting some more counter space.
“It’s going to be a busy time, but good busy is always nice to have,” Shorter said.
COASTAL CAROLINA REGIONAL AIRPORT – A TOPNOTCH FACILITY
Business View Magazine interviews Andy Shorter, Airport Director at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, as part of our series on American regional airports.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) is a public-use airport located three miles southeast of downtown New Bern, in Craven County, North Carolina. The 785-acre facility is a full-service airport that supports both commercial and general aviation. EWN has an interesting history as it was founded in 1931 before World War II. Many airports across the nation were founded during World War II where the local communities took those assets over from the government at the end of the war. It is interesting to note that there was enough foresight in this area to go ahead and start the development of an airport in Eastern North Carolina well before the war years.
Simmons-Nott came from North Carolina Senator Furnifold McLendel Simmons who was present at the 1931 dedication of the new facility that was to bear his name. 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. After the start of World War II, the Airport served as a Marine Corps Air Station for several years, before a permanent base was opened nearby and the facility reverted back to civilian control. The Simmons-Nott designation was retained initially, but eventually the name was changed to Craven County Regional Airport, and then, about 10 years ago, it was modified to Coastal Carolina Regional Airport to embrace the surrounding counties and be reflective of the general area the facility serves.
“Craven County, as a facility name, was a little bit too exclusive for a truly regional airport,” says Airport Director, Andrew Shorter. “We wanted to make sure to include our surrounding counties that don’t have commercial service or even public airports. It was a good move, I think, to change the name to make it inclusive for all our coastal neighbors. Our Airport Authority has members from each of those adjacent counties and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Since its opening, EWN has seen many changes, including runway extensions to accommodate larger aircraft, the addition of hangars, and a new commercial passenger terminal that was constructed on a new site in 1999. In 2008 the Airport’s new general aviation terminal was built thereby completing the modernization of both airport terminal facilities. About 50 percent of Airport traffic is business-related, a portion of it due to the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, which is 12 miles away. Leisure travel is responsible for the remaining 50 percent, thanks to New Bern’s location near the beaches of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.
The area’s attractiveness to investors and its continuous growth are also generating traffic, says Shorter. “Our general aviation terminal is topnotch and it’s what we call the front door of the community that brings in the investors and new businesses looking to locate to our area. Those important businesses wouldn’t necessarily drive down the highway to investigate a potential new site but they will generally fly-in. So having a facility like EWN available for use is important right from the start”. In addition to the topnotch terminal and FBO that runs it, EWN also supports flight students with a very robust flight training center. “Since the military base is so close – a lot of those transitioning pilots need to get their civilian air transport pilot credentials; therefore, it’s very convenient for them to use the flight school right here to do that training.”
New Bern and the surrounding area have become increasingly popular as a place to live, including for significant numbers of retirees who use the Airport to fly commercially or have privately owned planes, Shorter adds. EWN is also home to a 42,000-square-foot FedEx cargo terminal that Shorter estimates does about half its business with the Marine Corps base.
“We’re a small airport, but we do everything your bigger airports do, but on a scale of our own,” says Shorter. “Right now, that is about 40,000 operations a year and those are spread between commercial and business/general aviation. The flight school is probably 50 percent of that, because things are very active and there’s also the cargo. So we have a good blend, it’s a really nice spread of aviation located right here at the confluence of our two rivers here in New Bern and within what is being referred to as North Carolina’s Aerospace Corridor.”
A majority of businesses on the Airport’s grounds are aeronautical-related, but work has begun on a project aimed at broadening that scope by developing a 25-acre site, specifically, for non-aeronautical businesses. “We are looking to expand commercial development into an airport area that is not conducive to aeronautical uses, so we’re kind of dipping our toe into that water now,” explains Shorter.
EWN is one of North Carolina’s 10 commercial service airports and Shorter says it is self-sufficient; requiring no general funding from the city or county. “We get some valuable support from Craven County including Finance and IT, but we budget our own money and reinvest those assets to keep all the pieces of the airport economic engine running smoothly,” he states.
Shorter remarks that as a primary, commercial, non-hub airport, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport receives annual capital improvement funding from the FAA of about $1.3 million per year, as well as a portion of the funds the State of North Carolina has recently provided to the 10 commercial airports.
He describes the Airport as a “hybrid” because of the strong general aviation and commercial traffic and he credits that fact as the key element of the facility’s local impact. EWN has 45 employees and according to Shorter, the Airport’s most recent economic impact survey shows it supports 180 direct jobs and another 380 indirect positions in the area. “Our airport, in 2016, had a $179 million annual impact,” he adds. “That puts us 13th in the state out of 72 airports.” The aircraft hangars are completely full and there is a waiting list, putting new hangar development high on the Airport’s wish list.
Over the last few years, most of the taxiways and some aircraft aprons have been rehabilitated and work on one-half of the general aviation ramp has been completed. Bids have taken place to update the remaining portion. “We consider that the front door to our business community,” says Shorter. “So after rehabbing taxiways and aprons last year, what we’re going to move into this year, I consider a transformational project, and that’s the air carrier apron. We are not just going to rehabilitate it, but expand it as well.”
Future plans also include extending one runway even further to handle the larger planes being used by regional carriers and refurbishing the smaller, crosswind runway that’s heavily used by the flight school. Installing approach lighting and Runway Visual Range instrumentation systems, refurbishing the air traffic control tower, and building an Airport Rescue and Firefighting facility are also on tap. “Right now, our aircraft rescue-firefighting facilities are distributed and barely adequate” notes Shorter. “We’re going to build one facility, so we can keep it all in one place and increase our efficiency on that front.”
“With capital projects, it’s kind of left foot, right foot, but it takes both of them to move forward,” he adds. “We’re doing transactional projects to maintain FAA and state-required airport standards, while at the same time we’re making transformational changes to move to the next level of what the commercial air carrier industry is going to show us.”
AT A GLANCE
WHO: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
WHAT: A public-use airport
WHERE: Three miles south of downtown New Bern, in Craven County, North Carolina