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Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Anticipates a Busy Holiday Travel Season

Friday, November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018 – As holiday travel season begins this weekend, Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is expecting a busy travel period as many of the scheduled Allegiant departure flights are already sold-out.

The busiest travel days begin the week of Thanksgiving and again the weekend before Chirstmas and New Year. To ensure a smooth traveling experience, passengers should plan ahead, be prepared and arrive early to the airport.

Parking Also Anticipated To Be In High Demand

With full flights, parking will be in high demand. As long as spaces are available, drivers are encouraged to use the Upper Deck for picking up and dropping off passengers. It's steps from the terminal, and the first hour is free.

Passengers can be picked up and dropped off along the terminal's curbside, however, vehicles cannot be left unattended. Curbside parking is not allowed and unattended vehicles will be towed.

If the Parking Deck fills up, the airport is prepared to open an overflow lot. Extra staff and portable signs will assist and direct vehicles to the overflow lot location and limited shuttle service will be provided during flight operational times. Please allow an addition 30 to 40 minutes for parking and shuttle time, if parking in the overflow lot.

Using the Self -Pay station is recommended when leaving the terminal for a quicker exit. The Self Pay station is located in the Commercial Service Terminal near the ticket counter and accepts cash and credit card payments. Remember to keep your ticket with you. A validated ticket will be returned. Drivers may then proceed to the exit and insert their validated ticket in the machine to exit.

Security Checkpoints

Passengers are advised to arrive early for their flights. When traveling with young children, infants, elderly or disabled passengers, allow for even more time. TSA advises arriving two to three hours before your flight.

Don’t delay waiting in the lobby area. Enter screening area upon arrival if you are not checking bags and have your boarding pass. If not enter the TSA screening area after you check in at the ticket counter.

Checkpoint assistance agents will be stationed at the entrance of the checkpoint lanes to help expedite the screening process.

Additional Holiday Travel Tips:

• Slow down and adhering to the signs when approaching the terminal.
• View TSA's travel tips at
• Check with your airline for updated flight information or any weather related questions, as well as baggage size and weight rules. Additional fees could be applicable.
• Save time by printing boarding passes at home or downloading the Allegiant mobile app
• The Allegiant ticket counter closes 45 minutes before departure. You will not be able to check your bags or get a boarding pass from the counter after that time, and may miss your flight.
• Follow Concord-Padgett Regional’s Twitter feed (@ConcordAirprtNC) for the most up-to-date holiday travel information.

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is hosting a "Stuff the Bus" drop-off location

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is hosting a

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport will be supporting the Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) 2018 "Stuff the Bus" food drive campaign for the local Cooperative Christian Ministry food pantry.

There will be a donation box in the lobby of our general aviation terminal building at 9000 Aviation Blvd., Concord, NC 28027 from November 16th until December 10th.

Please consider making a non-perishable food donation to help those in need this holiday season. 

Concord City Council renames airport to honor former Mayor Scott Padgett

Friday, April 13, 2018

Concord City Council renames airport to honor former Mayor Scott Padgett

CONCORD – Concord Regional Airport will have a new name that recognizes the leadership and legacy of J. Scott Padgett, who recently completed four terms as Mayor in December 2017. The City Council unanimously voted to rename the facility Concord-Padgett Regional Airport on Thursday evening.


Padgett served as Concord's Mayor from 2001-2017, after first serving on City Council from 1995-2001. In addition to 27 years of elected leadership, his service in Concord extends back over 40 years with a career as a public school educator and principal at Coltrane-Webb and Beverly Hills Elementary Schools. He is continuing his public service to North Carolina after being appointed by Governor Cooper to the Local Government Commission.


“Scott Padgett played a critical role in the growth of our airport into a community asset and regional economic driver,” said Mayor Bill Dusch. “He started as an elected official in Concord just after the airport first opened, and it is fair to say the airport would not be what it is today without his decades of service. I commend the City Council on honoring his leadership in such a meaningful and appropriate way.”


Concord-Padgett Regional Airport opened in 1994 with a general aviation terminal and a 5,500-foot runway. Improvements during Padgett’s tenure include extension of the runway to 7,400 feet, strengthening of the runway, development of private sector investment in and around the airport, and construction of a commercial service terminal and parking deck.


"This is truly humbling,” said Padgett. “Our airport was built by visionary people who led Concord at a time when few could see the possibilities in store for our community. Fortunately, the elected officials who preceded me made decisions not for popularity, but because they were critical to the success and quality of life we enjoy today. To be recognized in this way is only possible because my City Council colleagues and I stood on their shoulders.”


Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas. Many operations are related to the motorsports industry as most NASCAR related teams are located in the Charlotte region, several with facilities adjacent to or near the airport. The airport’s strong general aviation focus has been recently enhanced by the availability of Allegiant Air’s low-cost scheduled passenger service to six destinations.


The airport is operated by over 40 City of Concord Aviation Department coworkers who provide aircraft fueling, hangaring, tie-down, parking, and customer services. Other aeronautical services such as aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, and flight instruction are offered through private operators leasing space on-site. CRA also has an on-site, staffed fire station operated by the Concord Fire Department and a control tower operated by contracted staff. The annual budget for the airport currently exceeds $9.3 million.


The City Council’s action is effective immediately and was required to begin the formal process to seek FAA approval. The change will be implemented over time once the FAA process is complete, including working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to adjust signage on I-85 and I-485, which both provide access to the airport in minutes.