AVL Executive Director elected as an ACI-NA governing board regional advisor

(Asheville, N.C.)  At the annual Airports Council International meeting in Long Beach, C.A. in October, Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of Asheville Regional Airport, was elected as an Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) regional advisor of the ACI World Governing Board.  Bleiweis currently serves as chair of ACI-NA’s U.S. Policy Board, a role that focuses on advocacy for legislative policy decisions that affect the airport industry in the United States.  (more…)

Operation Medicine Drop will be held at Asheville Regional Airport on September 26

(Asheville, NC) In an effort to provide a safe, secure way for residents of western North Carolina to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications, Asheville Regional Airport Department of Public Safety and the Partnership for Substance Free Students in Buncombe County will host a drop-off event on Saturday, September 26 from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

The region is invited to bring medications for safe disposal to the Department of Public Safety at the airport, located at 136 Wright Brothers Way, Fletcher, N.C. 28732 (parking is located in front of the building). The service is free, drop off will be quick and easy, and all drop-offs will remain anonymous. There will be no paperwork required and no questions asked.

Officers will be on hand to accept the medications, which will then be gathered for safe disposal.

“Prescription medications in the wrong hands – especially in the hands of our area’s young people or improperly disposed of in the environment – can be dangerous,” said Kevan Smith, Public Safety Chief at Asheville Regional Airport. “Part of our job as public safety officers is to partner with our regional agencies to make our area as safe as possible, and we are pleased to be able to participate in this important initiative.”

Operation Medicine Drop is a state-wide program held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s 10th Annual “Take Back” initiative. It is a coordinated effort by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the State Bureau of Investigation, Riverkeepers of North Carolina and local groups to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and to protect our waters. The drop-off event at the airport is one of several being offered in the region. For a complete list of events, visit www.ncsafekids.org.

For more information, contact the Asheville Regional Airport Department of Public Safety at (828) 684-4577, or email pr@flyavl.com.

New board members appointed to the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority

(Asheville, N.C.) The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members, Stephanie Pace Brown and Matthew Burril. Brown was appointed by Asheville City Council and Burril was appointed by the Buncombe County Commission. Both attended their first board meeting on February 13, 2015.

Stephanie Pace Brown is the Executive Director of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, leading a staff of 23 to attract overnight visitors to Buncombe County. Prior to joining the Asheville CVB (more…)

Record number of passengers served in 2014

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) served a record number of passengers in 2014: 378,124 passengers enplaned at the airport in 2014, and 378,301 passengers deplaned, an 11.5% increase compared to 2013, and a 2.3% increase compared to 2010, the previous best year on record. (more…)

AVL Executive Director elected chair of ACI-NA’s U.S. Policy Board

(Asheville, N.C.) Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director of Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), has been elected chair of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) U.S. Policy Board. By position, the US Policy Board Chair also serves as one of the five executive committee members of the ACI-NA board. He will serve a two-year term in this position.  (more…)

Airport main entrance to close

Asheville Regional Airport’s main entrance will close permanently Wednesday, October 8. All traffic will then access the airport through the south entrance at the light near Fanning Bridge Road, and this traffic pattern will be in place through early 2015 when a new main entrance will open. Signs will be posted to direct traffic.  (more…)

Passenger traffic on the rise at Asheville Regional Airport

Asheville, N.C.– For the eighth month in a row this year, passenger traffic increased at Asheville Regional Airport. The number of travelers departing from Asheville increased 11% for the month of August 2014 compared with August 2013, and was the biggest recorded August in the airport’s history with a total of 75,421 passengers.  (more…)

Airport dedicates new public safety facility

(Asheville, N.C.) On August 20, 2014 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) representatives used the “jaws of life” (a public safety rescue tool suitable for cutting into metal) to cut the ribbon during the commemorative ceremony to dedicate the airport’s new public safety facility. The new building, which houses the airport’s police, aircraft rescue and fire-fighting and communications center, opened after two years of design and construction.  (more…)

Asheville Regional Airport breaks ground on $64 million airfield project

On August 8, 2014 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) broke ground on the biggest construction project since the airport was originally built, titled Project SOAR:  Significant Opportunity for Aviation and the Region.  The 5-year, 4-phase project, slated for completion some time in 2018, will result in a new replacement runway, a second taxiway and 40+ acres of land suitable for aeronautical development.  (more…)