WILMINGTON -- While the convention center groundbreaking is going on today in downtown Wilmington. The Wilmington International Airport is talking about some expansions of its own. That expansion will more than triple the size of the customs facility at the airport. By this time next year Wilmington International will have more room for incoming international flights and hopefully more people taking advantage of it. ILM plans to start building a new customs facility to handle more aircrafts and passengers coming in and out of Wilmington on international flights. Now, ILM serves large domestic flights, and small private planes flying internationally. Officials hope a larger customs facility will bring business for non-stop international flights. Deputy airport director Julie Wilsey says once the airport has the facility. All it will need is for the airlines to provide the destinations. She said, "Our ultimate objective is to make the building bigger so they can clear a larger aircraft with more people, and we would like to put that as apart of our air service to get either charters that go international with maybe special flights, or seasonal charters through a travel agent, or our incumbent carriers." Officials hope to have construction on the new facility under way as early as February. The million-dollar project will be funded by travelers who fly through ILM. That's the "passenger charge" you may notice each time you buy a plane ticket. The project is expected to be completed in time for peak travel season starting in November.
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