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

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

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

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…)