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Boston, Chicago, Houston and Austin will soon be a non-stop plane ride away from Asheville.  The budget airline Allegiant is adding the four cities to its service from the Asheville Regional airport

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The Department of Transportation picked the Asheville Regional Airport as the backdrop to announce major funding grants for airport hubs across the country – including a hefty sum for Asheville.  North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis(R-NC) was on hand as Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao made the grant announcement.

“The Asheville Regional Airport will receive 10 million dollars for terminal rehabilitation,” says Chao, “This makes Asheville one of 8 in the nation to receive 10 million or more in this round.”

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury announced an 11-count indictment against former Buncombe County commissioner Ellen Frost.  She's accused - alongside former county manager Wanda Greene - of using more than $575-thousand in funds from the county's Economic Development Incentive Fund for personal activities.  Prosecutors allege that Frost and Greene attempted to coverup the expenditures by claiming the funds were used to advertise the Asheville Regional Airport at equestrian events in North Carolina and Florida.

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More than one million passengers went through Asheville Regional Airport last year, the most ever in the 58-year history of the facility.  If the first few months of 2019 are any indication, that number isn’t going to drop.  Maybe ever.  

Ridesharing service Uber says it is not conducting pickups at Asheville Regional Airport after changes to ground transportation operation procedures at the airport.

Late last year a new parking garage was completed at Asheville Regional Airport.  Ongoing runway work has also been happening, but in the coming years something bigger could be in the works - an expansion of the terminal. has been looking at what's been going on at the airport in recent months.  Jason Sandford of AshVegas joined BPR's Matt Bush in studio to discuss where the airport could be headed in future years - as the number of passengers going in and out of the facility has greatly exceeded airport officials expectations.  Sandford reports the number of passengers in 20

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Michael Christoper Estes, the man accused of leaving an explosive device near the entrance to the baggage claim of Asheville Regional Airport last October, plead guilty Friday morning in federal court to one count of unlawful possession of explosive material.  A sentencing date for Estes has not been announced.  He faces up to five years in prison and a $250-thousand fine.

Buncombe County released documents Friday afternoon regarding former county manager Wanda Greene, who is currently under federal investigation.  Among the documents released confirms an internal county audit uncovered 'questionable' financial transactions around the time Greene retired in June.  Other documents showed Greene provided the media with inaccurate information regarding payments made to the Tryon Equestrian Center.

2015 a Record Year for Asheville Airport

Feb 23, 2016
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2015 was a record year for the Asheville airport.  The airport saw a 4 percent increase in ridership over the previous year.  Tina Kinsey, director of marketing for the airport, credits the daily flights from large airlines American, Delta, and United, as well as increasing numbers of direct flights with Allegiant. 

Tina Kinsey: “So we can serve the business traveling community very well, and also leisure travelers who want to go anywhere in the world.”

The airport recorded nearly 400,000 passengers for the year.

Direct Flights to D.C Area Coming to Avl Airport

Jan 14, 2016

The airline known for its low cost fares has announced it will begin direct air service from Asheville Regional Airport to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airpot (BWI)  starting  in May.  Asheville is one of six cities Allegiant has added to its list of direct flights to the D.C. area starting this Spring.

The airline was founded in 1997.  Tina Kinsey is Director of Marketing  and Air Service Development with the Asheville Regional Airport.  She spoke with David Hurand.

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North Carolina regulators have cited a Duke Energy coal ash deposit site for environmental violations, this time at the Asheville Regional Airport.

Media outlets report the state Department of Environmental Quality cited Duke on Wednesday for two violations at the Asheville site. In both cases Duke, and site operator Charah, failed to notify the agency within 24 hours of a structural breach caused by severe erosion that had exposed coal ash and a plastic cover to the elements.

The department says Duke discovered the problems on Oct. 29, but didn't report them until Nov. 2.

Make your gift to WCQS between now and 9 o'clock Wednesday morning (April 9) and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the May 22nd performance and recording of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! at the Chase Bank Auditorium. Our winners will fly direct from Asheville to Chicago on United Airlines, thanks to our friends at Asheville Regional Airport.