Coastal Carolina Regional Airport has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance



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: [76775] 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.


Project Alternatives:

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.


Comment Period:

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

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Receives $4.9M Federal Grant for New ARFF Station

Leigh Ann Cook
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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

Business Manager

200 Terminal Drive

New Bern, NC  28562

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Holiday Pops with the NC Symphony -December 8, 2019 Temple Church 7pm


  • 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!

Concert Sponsors
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


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EWN Contributes 362,700,000 to North Carolina Economy Annually

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.


EWN Prepares for Expansion

New Bern airport readying for expansion, other big changes

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. (NewsChannel 12 photo)

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.

EWN Expansion News from the Triangle Business Journal- 8/5/18

Bigger Delta, American jets mean bigger apron at this small, eastern N.C. airport

By  – Senior Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal

As commercial airlines shift focus to larger jets, it presents a conundrum for smaller airports – one federal funds might help solve for a tiny, regional airfield near the North Carolina coast.

In New Bern, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport has been quietly serving both Delta Airlines and American Airlines for more than a decade, says its director, Andy Shorter. And it’s doing it from a 40,000-square-foot terminal.

Small jets, many of them 50-seaters, land at the airport, taking eastern North Carolinians on quick jaunts to Charlotte and Atlanta where they can then connect to destinations throughout the globe.

But, as Joe Esposito, senior vice president of network planning at Delta, told a crowd last week at the Regional Transportation Alliance 2018 Transportation Breakfast, the airline is moving to larger jets.

While Delta used to have 500 of its 50-seaters, it’s now down to 120 “and shrinking,” Esposito said. “Buying smaller airplanes is not necessarily where Delta wants to be,” Esposito told the crowd last week.

Shorter says it’s a shift his team has seen coming, which is why it’s elated to win a new $3.9 million FAA grant for “the first transformational project we’ve had in a long time,” an apron expansion. An apron is where airplanes park to load and unload passengers and cargo.

“Even the small airplanes are getting bigger,” Shorter says. “Bigger means more space… By expanding the apron, we can basically have enough space for them.”

By using some of the cash to swap the ramp’s asphalt for concrete, it will be able to handle a heavier weight, too.

And that’s all just the first phase of what’s coming. Phases 2, 3, and 4 coming to the New Bern airport will expand the terminal by another 5,000 feet, increase how many people it can hold and provide more area for enhanced TSA screening.

In order to attract more growth, investments are essential, he says. He envisions a Coastal Carolina that can one day fly nonstop to other hubs such as Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Right now, 70 percent of the airport’s traffic is general aviation, with commercial traffic from Delta and American accounting for the other 30 percent. The airport sees “about a quarter million commercial passengers” each year, and just over 40,000 operations.

“All the needles are pointing up for increased air passengers,” he says. “The economy is increasing. The population is going to increase out this way.”

State funds are already being used for general aviation projects, such as new hangar space that could lure more companies to eastern North Carolina.