Delta Air Lines to suspend Air Service to Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN)

For Immediate Release

Eric Litchfield
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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.

Andrew Shorter- Airport Professional of the Year!

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





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!

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:

FacilityAddressLatitudeLongitudeDate of Construction
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport


200 Terminal Dr. New Bern, NC 2856035.07834-77.032371999


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
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Ward and Smith, P.A.

Tickets for New Bern concerts are also available locally:

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529 S Front St.
New Bern, NC 28562


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