Air Travel

Hickory Regional Airport


The Hickory Regional Airport is ideally situated in the center of North Carolina's fourth largest metropolitan statistical area (population 365,000). The airport serves an eleven county area in western North Carolina with an overall population of 740,000. By virtue of its strategic location at the crossroads of several major transportation arteries, the airport serves as a highly convenient transportation center linking the Greater Hickory Metro with the regional economies of Charlotte and Winston-Salem, as well as the rapidly growing tourism-driven economies of the North Carolina High Country and Asheville, NC. The airport's strategic location has led to its rise as a leading center for corporate aviation. Approximately 100 aircraft are based at the Hickory Regional Airport, the vast majority of them operated by the many large corporations located throughout the region. Often Corporations that have chosen the Greater Hickory Metro over other potential locations for new or expanded corporate facilities cite the strategic location and convenience of the Hickory Regional Airport as a major determining factor in their choice.



Morganton-Lenoir Airport


Morganton-Lenoir Airport and the surrounding 800-acre industrial park are located in western North Carolina in Burke and Caldwell counties. The airport is a full service fixed base operation that serves most types of aircraft without the red tape and delays associated with other facilities. Aircraft ranging from small single-engine up to mid-sized corporate jets can be housed on-site at the facility. The airport's location in the foothills region offers a rich diversity of business and recreational opportunities. The site is convenient to interstates 77 and 40 and US 321. The airports location allows easy access to the many surrounding industrial and manufacturing centers located in Morganton, Lenoir, and Hickory for any companies looking for a location or to expand their current business. It also offers access to the many breath-taking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreational opportunities in the area including skiing, golf, canoeing and shopping.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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