New short-term parking rates go into effect November 1, 2016

(Asheville, N.C.)  A parking garage construction project is underway at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), which has resulted in temporary changes to parking at the airport.  There is plenty of parking for passengers; however, the construction project has resulted in a temporarily reduced number of spaces for short-term parkers.  In order to discourage overnight travelers from parking in its short-term parking lot, and to insure parking availability for short-term users, AVL is changing short-term parking lot rates.  Specifically, the rate will remain at the current $1 for each half hour, up to four hours, to accommodate short-term users of the airport.  After four hours in this lot, a new flat rate of $25 per day will be charged. This fee change goes into effect beginning November 1, 2016.

Why the rate increase?  Long-term, overnight parkers are using the short-term spaces, leaving limited parking for visitors who only need to be at the airport for a short period of time, such as those who are picking up a passenger, or conducting business at the airport.

The fee change is intended to persuade long-term parkers to bypass the short-term lot and park in the long-term, pre-paid or credit card-only lots instead, where daily fees range from $6 to $8.  This, in turn, will insure that spaces in the short-term lot will be available to users who only need to park for a short time.

 “It is a positive step forward for the airport to construct a parking garage, but there are operational issues that we must address in the interim,” said Lew Bleiweis, Executive Director at AVL.  “One such issue is making sure all those using the airport – travelers and short-term visitors – have ample parking available to them.”

A new pre-paid, shuttled lot is located directly across the street from the main entrance.  Travelers may opt to park in this lot, pre-pay $6 per day for the planned duration of their trip, and a shuttle will deliver them to and from the front door of the terminal.  The shuttle is in operation around-the-clock.

Also available to travelers is the traditional long-term lot near the terminal, and the credit card-only lot past the terminal on the right.  Both of these lots are available for $1.50 per hour, up to a maximum of $8 per day.

And for those picking up passengers, a great option is to use a convenient cell phone waiting lot located past the terminal on the right.  There is no charge to park in this lot, but visitors must wait in their vehicles until their passengers arrive, and then exit the lot and drive to the terminal curb to pick up passengers.

The new fee structure for the short-term lot is temporary, and will be in effect until the new parking garage opens next year.  When opened, the garage will offer 1,100 convenient parking spaces directly in front of the airport terminal to serve all customers’ needs. 

Handicapped parking is still located in the short-term lot, directly in front of the terminal.  The fee for handicapped parking has not changed (long-term rate of $1.50 per hour, up to a maximum of $8 per day).  Visit the airport's parking information here.

Asheville Regional Airport Parking Fees




Short-term Lot

  • Up to 30 minutes = $1
  • Each additional 30 minutes = $1.00
  • Daily maximum (24 hours) = $12.50

  • Up to 30 minutes = $1
  • Each additional 30 minutes (up to four hours max) = $1.00
  • More than four hours = $25 per day

Pre-paid Lot

  • Daily Rate = $6.00
  • Weekly rate = $36.00 (7th day is free)

Long-term and Credit Card-only Lots

  • Up to 1 hour = $1.50
  • Each additional hour = $1.50
  • Daily maximum (24 hours) = $8.00
  • Weekly maximum = $48.00 (7th day is free)

Cell Phone Waiting Lot


Airport to begin construction on new parking garage

(Asheville, N.C.)  Asheville Regional Airport is pleased to announce that it will break ground on a five-story parking garage on October 3, 2016.  The construction of a parking garage is part of the airport’s master plan to meet the growing air travel needs in western North Carolina.

“The use of Asheville Regional Airport continues to grow,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of Asheville Regional Airport.  “We have experienced two consecutive record years of passenger service, and 2016 has been another strong year so far.  It is time to move forward with our parking garage in order to continue to meet our passengers’ needs for years to come.”

Passengers have been requesting easy, level and covered walking access from the parking area, and the new parking garage will fulfill these requests and enhance the passenger experience.  The garage will be located directly in front of the airport’s main entrance, and will include a covered walkway from the garage to the terminal.  When completed, the garage will hold a total of 1,300 parking spaces, 200 of which will be used for the rental car agencies’ ready return service, which will be located on the lowest level of the garage.  The long-term lot furthest from the terminal will be closed. The construction project will take approximately twelve months to complete.

During construction, approximately 400 parking spaces will be displaced.  Passengers will have several parking options at the airport.  First, there will still be numerous spaces in the short and long-term lots available for customer use.  Additionally, the credit card lot, located just past the terminal on the right, offers 200 spaces, and a temporary lot with nearly 200 spaces directly across the street from the main entrance will be opened for passenger use.  This temporary lot will be a pre-paid lot, and will offer 24/7 shuttle service to and from the terminal curb.

The parking garage is a $22 million project, and capital funding was secured with a general indenture bond.  This type of direct placement bond is very similar to a loan, and was contracted directly between the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority and Raymond James Capital Funding, Inc., the lending institution.  The Airport Authority submitted Requests for Proposals for bond funding earlier in the year, and chose the proposal with the best interest rates and term.  The airport is not reliant upon local tax funds to operate the airport, nor for capital funding.  The bond is backed by projected revenues that will be generated by the parking garage, including lease and fees generated by the rental car agencies that use the garage.

During the next three weeks, passengers should not park in the footprint of the new parking garage if they plan to leave a car in the lot past September 29, 2016 at 5pm.  The footprint of the new garage will be clearly marked, and signs are now located at the entrance and throughout the parking lot detailing this requirement.  Cars that remain in the footprint of the new garage after 5pm on September 29 will need to be towed to a different parking location at the airport so construction may begin.

For more information about airport parking, including maps identifying each available parking area and the footprint of the new garage, visit

REVEALED: Airport art gallery unveils new exhibit highlighting local artists

(Asheville, N.C.) Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) art gallery unveils it's newest exhibit today. Revealed is an eclectic group of works highlighting four of our region's artists. The exhibit will be on display through January 6, 2016.

Featured in the Revealed exhibit, textured acrylic paintings on canvas by artist Walter Diehl, soldered glass and rock sculptures by artist R.C. Bob LaBerge, photography and encaustic on wood by artist René Roberts, and mixed media acrylic paintings by Tarah Singh.

The colors and textures seen throughout the exhibit are indicative of dream-like surroundings, expressing what is seen in the mind's eye or a memory. Those traveling through the gallery will be enticed to experience their own interpretation as each piece is revealed to them.

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL's primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport's website at

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Allegiant announces new non-stop service to New York City from AVL

News release from Allegiant:


ASHEVILLE, N.C. June 28, 2016 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new, nonstop flights to New York City via Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). In conjunction with the new route that will launch just in time for the holiday travel season, the company is celebrating with a “Christmas in July” Facebook sweepstakes to give away seats on the route’s inaugural flight.* Allegiant is offering one-way fares on the new route for as low as $41.**

“We’re very excited to once again be growing in Asheville, a community in which our convenient, nonstop service has been very well received,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “We know that a low-cost, nonstop flight option to New York City is something that local travelers have been asking for, and now they’ll be able to use these flights to travel to The Big Apple just in time for the holiday travel season.”

The new year-round flights will operate four times weekly and will fly nonstop between Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Flights begin Nov. 17, 2016. The new route will add to Allegiant’s current nonstop service from Asheville to Washington D.C. and four cities in Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando / Sanford, Punta Gorda and St. Pete / Clearwater

Additionally, Allegiant today launches its “Christmas in July” sweepstakes to provide 12 lucky winners with seats on the inaugural flight from Asheville to New York City for themselves and a guest. Local travelers who would like to enter to win can do so on Allegiant’s Facebook page at The “Christmas in July” sweepstakes is part of Allegiant’s ongoing $1 Million Summer, a promotion in which the company is giving away $1 million in airfare throughout the summer. For more information on Allegiant’s $1 Million Summer, visit

“Allegiant continues to grow in western North Carolina, and the addition of New York City on their route map is exciting,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of Asheville Regional Airport. “We encourage area travelers to start planning holiday travel to New York, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors from The Big Apple, as well.”

Allegiant offers a unique travel option to Asheville travelers. Focusing on low-cost leisure travel, the company provides customers with low base fares averaging nearly half of the cost of the average domestic round-trip fare. Allegiant’s innovative business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route just over a decade ago, to providing convenient, affordable service in over 100 communities nationwide.

*About the free flight sweepstakes:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and residents of any Canadian province not including Québec, 18 and older. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends July 9, 2016. Subject to complete Official Rules at

**About the introductory one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by July 1, 2016 for travel by Feb. 14, 2016. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See for details. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Additional restrictions may apply.

About Allegiant

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars and attraction tickets. All can be purchased only through the company website, Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit:

New music program sponsored by airport and launches

(Asheville, N.C.) Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) and are pleased to announce a new program titled Music on the Fly. Music on the Fly is a special podcast series presented by the Asheville Regional Airport and hosted by

Music on the Fly brings live, local music to the airport – a key gateway to and from western North Carolina.  "The airport is one of the anchor organizations of our region, and we welcome thousands of locals and visitors every day through our doors," said Tina Kinsey, marketing director at Asheville Regional Airport.  "Partnering with to bring local music to the local travel experience is a great opportunity for all involved."

The first Music on the Fly event will take place May 20, 2016 at 4pm in the gate area of the terminal – performances will be for ticketed passengers who are waiting at the gate for their flights to depart.  Featured artists include The Cheeksters/ Wham Bam Bowie Band and songstress Jane Kramer.

The Ashvegas podcast, known as AVL Informer, launched one year ago, and has featured a variety of newsmakers, local personalities and musical acts. The podcast is featured on, and is available through iTunes and at is one of Asheville's most popular and longest running independent news and entertainment websites. Started by a former newspaper reporter, the website is a go-to destination for readers who want to know what's really going on in town. From food and music reviews to breaking news and celebrity sightings, Ashvegas covers it all. With more than 13,500 fans on Facebook, more than 13,000 followers on Twitter and more than 7,500 Instagram followers, Ashvegas has a fantastic web presence and social media reach.

Reimagined: Local artists highlighted in airport art gallery


(Asheville, N.C.) Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has a new Art in the Airport exhibit on display. The exhibit is called Reimagined and is open through September 4, 2016. This exhibit highlights the work of local artists using a number of distinct styles and mediums.

A walk through the airport gallery calls you to reimagine or rethink the way you see what is on the canvas. The lines, colors, and forms can take on a new life. From metal to wood and photography to pastels, the vivid art forms have arrived just in time for the summer travel season.

The five local artists that can be seen in the gallery are Carol L. MacAllister, Robert Mahosky, Hartley Meinzer, Wendy Newman, and Elise Okrend. 

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL's primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport's website at and click on ART + MUSIC.

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Student Artwork Showcase – WNC students (K-12) exhibit work at airport gallery

(Asheville, N.C.) The Student Artwork Showcase, the newest exhibit at the Asheville Regional Airport Art Gallery, is on display until May 1, 2016. This showcase highlights the creativity of students across our region. This exhibit displays a variety of mediums and techniques by students attending Carolina Day School, ranging from grades kindergarten to twelfth grade. 

The bold uses of color in many of the pieces are highly contrasted by the traditional black and white still film photography on display. The students' work varies in medium, from pen and ink, pottery, painting, to paper collage. Overall, the showcase is a bright escape into a creative point of view.

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Asheville Regional Airport's Art in the Airport program is pleased to feature an annual Student Artwork Showcase in our Art Gallery, highlighting the creativity of students across our region. If your school would like to participate in the Student Artwork Showcase, please visit and click on Art + Music in the Social Hub to learn more.

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AVL announces another record year of passenger service

(Fletcher, N.C.)  Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) served a record number of passengers in calendar year 2015:  392,713 passengers enplaned at the airport in 2015, and 394,324 passengers deplaned, which is an overall 4% increase compared to 2014, the previous record year of passengers served.

The air service offerings at AVL have changed in the past few years.  The airport continues to be served with a strong number of frequent daily flights to major hubs offered by legacy airlines American, Delta and United.  At the same time, Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) Allegiant Air has continued to grow its presence in the market.  In 2015, Allegiant added its fifth non-stop destination (Palm Beach International Airport), and designated AVL as a hub of operations, basing two aircraft, crews and a maintenance facility at the airport.

“We have a robust compliment of air service at Asheville Regional Airport provided by our four excellent airline partners,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director.  “Simultaneously, our region uses AVL, which perpetuates the strength of the air service in our region.”

AVL was identified as the best connected non-hub airport in America in 2013 by MIT's International Center for Air Transportation, and has enjoyed continued growth since that time, now classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a small-hub airport. Seats in the market have been strong, and a look ahead shows continued growth on the horizon, beginning with Allegiant’s new non-stop service to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in May.

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Of The Essence: Local artists exhibiting in airport art gallery

(Asheville, N.C.) Of The Essence, the newest Art in the Airport exhibit at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is now open through March 7, 2016. This exhibit showcases fine art pieces in a variety of mediums, from silk and paper to hardwoods. The paintings' vibrant colors imbue an essence of the season, while intricately crafted hardwood clocks create an essence of reflection.   As viewers observe the gallery, they are invited to take a moment in "time" to enjoy the season.

Three, western North Carolina based artists, Lisa De Girolamo, Kathy Goodson, and Connie Molland, are featured in the Of The Essence exhibit. Onlookers are able to see a variety of styles and methods used by the artists, as they tour the gallery.

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery.

Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL's primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport's website at