The UNC Board of Trustees meets this week to discuss closing Horace Williams Airport because of reduced use and much needed repairs that will cost UNC approximately $1 million.
Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises, will inform the Board on Wednesday, Sept. 27, that the University is considering closing the airport, according to a Board of Trustees' meeting agenda.
Since the Area Health Education Center program relocated to Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2011, the University has operated Horace Williams Airport “purely as a public amenity with no formal relationship to any university operations,” said Olivia James in a statement, the public communications manager for Campus Enterprises.
Without the use of the airport by UNC, Chair of the Board of Trustees Haywood Cochrane explained that the airport is no longer core to the mission of the University. However, the Board has emphasized that closing the airport is not a done deal.
“This is a discussion, it’s not a decision,” Cochrane said.