new MapThe Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing airports in the country, and based on passenger utilization, remained the third busiest airport in North Carolina in 2023. July 2023 was another record breaking month of passenger utilization with 244,504 passengers flying to or from AVL, a 24.4% increase from July 2022. In 2023, an impressive  2,246,411 passengers traveled to or from AVL, a 22.2% increase over 2022 figures, catapulting the airport's annual passenger count beyond the historic two million mark for the first time ever.

The airport currently has 27 nonstop airport destinations available, many of which are international hubs making connectivity to the world easy to and from AVL.

AIRPORT FAST FACTS ► AVL is located just 12 miles from downtown, offers frequent nonstop flights daily to and from 27 destinations, including numerous international hubs, and is served by six airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Sun Country, and United. ► TSA Pre✓® is available at AVL.

NEW AIR SERVICE ON THE HORIZON ► Allegiant's 19th nonstop destination to and from AVL starts in May 2024, with four weekly flights between AVL and Orlando International Airport (MCO).



In August 2023, the airport broke ground on a significant infrastructure project that will result in a new airport terminal 150% larger than before. The first concourse will be open for passenger use in approximately two years. Upon completion, the project will yield a terminal that stands 150% larger than the current airport. The airport will grow from seven gates to twelve, with ample room for further expansion.

The new design concept, inspired by the natural beauty of the western North Carolina mountains, will feature a spacious and bright grand lobby, state-of-the-art ticketing and baggage claim areas, an inviting concessions plaza and thoughtfully designed gate areas to enhance passenger comfort and experience.



Allegiant logo

Austin (AUS), *Baltimore (BWI), *Boston (BOS),*Chicago (MDW), *Denver (DEN), *Destin (VPS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Houston (HOU), Key West (EYW), Las Vegas (LAS), Minneapolis (MSP), Newark (EWR), Orlando International (MCO, begins May 2024), Orlando/Sanford (SFB), Phoenix (PHX), Punta Gorda (PGD), Sarasota (SRQ), St. Pete/Clearwater (PIE), West Palm Beach (PBI)


American Airlines logo

Charlotte (CLT), *Chicago (ORD), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), *Miami (MIA), New York City (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington, D.C. (DCA) 


Delta Logo

Atlanta (ATL), LaGuardia (LGA), Minneapolis (MSP)

Jet Blue logo

Boston (BOS)

Sun Country Airlines

*Minneapolis (MSP)


United Airlines

Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Newark (EWR)


With spectacular scenery, a vibrant arts scene, creative culinary options, and inspiring venues of all sizes, Asheville is a top choice for meeting planners and attendees alike. Touting four distinct seasons and a temperate climate, Asheville is a year-round destination for enjoying outdoor adventures and the surrounding natural beauty.

Asheville is also easy to get to, with its convenient location at two major interstates: I-26 and I-40. Just 20 minutes from downtown, the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) offers non-stop flights and easy connections through major U.S. hubs.

The Explore Asheville team has the insider knowledge to simplify your planning experience. We want to understand your meeting objectives and your attendee demographics to help you design a unique and successful program. With our strategic partnership, we will connect you to Asheville businesses to create the amazing experiences you envision for your meeting attendees.

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