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Asheville Regional Airport

Asheville Regional Airport
Aerial image, October 2011
Airport type Public
Owner City of Asheville
Operator Asheville Regional Airport Authority
Serves Asheville, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 2,165 ft / 660 m
AVL is located in North Carolina
Location of airport in North Carolina
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 8,001 2,439 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 67,340
Based aircraft 118

Asheville Regional Airport (ICAO: KAVLFAA LID: AVL) is a Class C airport near Interstate 40 and Interstate 26 near the town of Fletcher, 9 miles (14 km) south of Asheville, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is owned by the City of Asheville.[1] In 2014 it served a record number of passengers, 756,425, an increase of 11.5% over 2013.[2]

It opened in 1961, replacing the airport at .


  • Facilities and aircraft 1
  • Airlines and destinations 2
    • Top destinations 2.1
  • Cargo carriers and destinations 3
  • Incidents 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Facilities and aircraft

An Allegiant Air MD-83 and Delta Air Lines Airbus A319 at Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, NC

Asheville Regional Airport covers 900 acres (360 ha) and has one asphalt runway, measuring 8,001 x 150 ft (2,439 x 46 m).[1]

In 2012 the airport had 61,662 aircraft operations, an average 169 per day: 64% general aviation, 23% air taxi, 6% scheduled commercial and 7% military. In 2013, 166 aircraft were based at this airport: 65% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 11% jet and 2% helicopter.[1]

The airport sees the following aircraft regularly:

A Concorde visited AVL during a 1987 promotional tour and was snowed-in overnight. Chartered Boeing 747s (United Airlines) have also visited, as has an Airbus A340 during the visit of Charles, Prince of Wales, to the nearby Biltmore Estate in 1996. AVL's 8,001-foot (2,439 m) runway allows for the operation of almost any aircraft type.

In April 2010, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama landed in Asheville aboard Air Force One (Boeing C-32) for a weekend getaway. In October 2011, President Obama landed in Asheville aboard the larger (Boeing VC-25) Air Force One to kick off his North Carolina and Virginia bus tour promoting his jobs bill. He gave a speech at the airport, and cited potential enhancements at the airport as part of the jobs push.[3] President Obama returned to Asheville on February 13, 2013 on the same aircraft for a brief visit and speech at a nearby manufacturing facility.

The terminal building opened on June 7, 1961.[4] A $20 million expansion and renovation project began in 1987. The expansion project was completed in 1992, which resulted in expansion of the ticket lobby, baggage claim area and administrative office space. A second-level boarding area and jetways were constructed, as well as an atrium to the existing lobby. The ground-level boarding areas were expanded and renovated in 2003, which was designed by McCreary/Snow Architects, PA and built by Wilkie Construction Company, Inc.[5] In 2009, $17.8 million of improvements were completed, including a Guest Services center, an additional baggage carousel, rental car desks, offices and security enhancements.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, West Palm Beach
American Eagle Charlotte
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, New York-LaGuardia
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Newark

Top destinations

Ten busiest routes out of AVL
(August 2014 – July 2015)[6]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 137,000 Delta
2 Charlotte, NC 105,000 US Airways
3 Chicago-O’Hare, IL 33,000 United
4 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL 27,000 Allegiant
5 Orlando/Sanford International 25,000 Allegiant
6 Fort Lauderdale, FL 21,000 Allegiant
7 West Palm Beach, FL 18,000 Allegiant
8 Punta Gorda/Ft Myers, FL 17,000 Allegiant
9 Newark, NJ 8,000 United
10 Detroit, MI 2,000 Delta

Cargo carriers and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Castle Aviation Cincinnati


On July 19, 1967 Piedmont Airlines Flight 22, a Boeing 727, collided in mid-air with a Cessna 310 just south of the airport in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The collision happened just moments after the 727 took off from the Asheville Airport. All 82 people on both planes were killed.

On March 14, 2003 a Cessna 177 Cardinal crashed into Old Fort Mountain after taking off from the airport. It killed author Amanda Davis, who was on a book tour promoting her first novel Wonder When You'll Miss Me (ISBN 0-688-16781-0), and her parents.

On October 27, 2004 a Beechcraft Duke crashed about 0.8 of a mile off the departure end of Runway 34 after an apparent right engine failure, killing all four people on board.[7][8]

On May 4, 2007 a 1977 Jay-Z was on board. The reports were false.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for AVL (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-04-10
  2. ^
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  4. ^ Asheville Regional Airport - History
  5. ^ "Asheville Regional Airport Dedication Plaque - 2012". Airchive. 2CMedia. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^,%20NC:%20Asheville%20Regional&carrier=FACTS
  7. ^ ATL05FA013 NTSB report 27 October, 2004
  8. ^ ASN Aircraft Accident 27-OCT-2004
  9. ^

External links

  • Asheville Regional Airport, official web site
  • Asheville Regional Airport PDF at North Carolina DOT airport guide
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective June 23, 2016
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for AVL, effective June 23, 2016
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KAVL
    • ASN accident history for AVL
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KAVL
    • FAA current AVL delay information

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