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…)


New Public Safety Chief Named

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce the promotion of Kevan Smith to Chief of Public Safety.

Smith brings more than twenty-five years of public safety experience to the airport, and has been a member of the airport’s department of public safety since 1991.  Starting as a public safety officer, Smith worked his way up to public safety training officer, and then to Captain in 2004, a role in which he managed the daily operations of the public safety department, the security program and staff training.  (more…)


Asheville Regional Airport jumps 7 percent in passenger traffic in 2013

Asheville, NC – The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority reported a seven percent increase in passenger traffic for the 2013 calendar year, which was the third highest number of annual passengers reported in the past decade. While traffic each year varied, overall Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has seen a steady increase in traffic over time. (more…)


Advanced Law Certificates Earned by AVL Airport Officers

(Asheville, N.C.)  The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce the awarding of two Advanced Law Certificates to Jeff Augram, recently retired chief of public safety, and Lieutenant Jimmy Brissie. The certificates reflect the officers’ dedication to continued education and many years of experience in law enforcement. Five out of 14 public safety officers at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) have received this recognition.  (more…)


Asheville Regional Airport traffic increased for five consecutive months

For the fifth month in a row, the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority has reported an increase in passenger traffic. The number of travelers departing from Asheville increased 14% for the month of August 2013 compared with August 2012.  September saw an increase of 12% compared to the same month last year, which was the fourth consecutive month of double-digit increases. (more…)