The Duplin County Airport officially
opened December 16, 1974 with the landing of a University
of North Carolina Medical School aircraft from Chapel Hill.
The airport started as a vision in the 1960’s and become
a reality with the aid of local, state and federal funds and
thanks to the diligent, untiring work by Duplin County officials
Preston B. Raiford, the county’s first Executive Director
of the Economic Development Commission, was the motivating
force behind the project. Realizing the potential economic
benefit that a general aviation airport could have on the
development of a rural county, Mr. Raiford’s persistence
finally became a reality. The airport was originally named
for P.B. Raiford, but was later changed to avoid confusion
with the Raeford Municipal Airport in Raeford, N.C. The airport’s
first regular corporate user was Cates Pickles, Inc., of Faison.
Five based aircraft, a 3,700’ runway and a small, block
terminal building became the nucleus of the outstanding facility
we have today.
Initially growth was slow but steady. By the early 1980’s,
however, there were 7,400 annual operations and the runway
was extended to 4,800’. Annual operations continue to
increase and the runway is now 6,000’.
Today, the airport generates pride and much interest as an
economic development tool along with providing services and
opportunities to the public at large. It will continue to
play an increasing role in the growth and development of,
not only Duplin County, but the region as well.
Click here for more detailed information concerning the Duplin County Airport.
Duplin County Airport Land Use and Height Restriction Ordinance
Current Weather Conditions at Duplin County Airport
Duplin County Airport Master Plan