A task force established to consider the future of Wilmington Airport by New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer has recommended the county not renew the current lease and management contract with the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA).
The recommendation from task force chair Alan Levin represented a unanimous view of the panel, and is subject to the approval of New Castle County Council.
DRBA’s lease with the county was signed in 1995, and is set to automatically renew on June 30 of this year for another 30 year term unless the county provides notice of non-renewal to DRBA. If the County issues a notice of non-renewal, DRBA will continue to manage the airport until 2025.
The task force recommendation that the county issue a request for proposal for experienced managers “including DRBA” is based on a study by the consulting firm Airport Business Solutions.
Meyer said his focus was ensuring county residents “get the best value” from the airport.
In October 2019, Meyer convened a task force of business and community leaders, local airport experts and elected officials to explore greater economic opportunities for the Wilmington Airport (ILG). Frontier Airlines has announced their plans for Wilmington to Orlando roundtrip flight service in May are now targeted for November.
The task force will present their findings on Tuesday, April 28 at County Council’s finance committee meeting.