This summer, Chapel Hill could lose a piece of town history — one that’s no stranger to attempted closures.
The N.C. House of Representatives’ budget calls for the closing of Horace Williams Airport, which has served local pilots since 1928, by Aug. 1. The closing aims to make way for the construction of UNC’s long-delayed Carolina North satellite campus.
Plans to close Horace Williams date back to 2002, but the N.C. chapter of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association convinced the legislature several times to extend the deadline.
The University purchased the airport in 1940, and it served as a gateway for UNC Hospitals’ Medical Air Operations until July 2011, when they were moved to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, said UNC News Services spokeswoman Susan Hudson.
Hudson said since then, the airport has mainly been used by private pilots. Last year, 1,225 flights traveled in and out of Horace Williams.