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A Brief History:

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 and citizens.

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

Mailing Address: 260 Airport Road, Kenansville, NC 28349
Phone: (910) 296-2188
Fax: (910) 296-2184
E-mail: duplinair@duplincountync.com
Hours of Operation: April through October
Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

November through March
Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On Call 24 Hours Per Day Year Around
Open Every Day Except Thanksgiving and Christmas

updated on 7/8/2014