Cheap Flights To Wilmington (ILM)

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Cheap Flights to Wilmington from $77 One Way, $158 Round Trip

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Wilmington ILM Flight Information

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Destination Airport IATA Code
Number of Airlines Serving
American Airlines, United, Delta
Flight Price
Earliest Departing Flight
AA 5183 10:03AM EDT
Latest Departing Flight
AA 5654 Sep 29 9:18PM EDT

Travel to Wilmington

If you are looking for a sun-soaked destination that is steeped in history and enjoys a laid-back lifestyle, then make your reservations on one of the many flights to Wilmington. The city is situated in North Carolina's premier beach region, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Cape Fear River on the west. To get started on your vacation, visit, where you'll find discount air fares and some of the lowest rates available on hotel rooms and rental cars.

Arriving in Wilmington

Wilmington International Airport, known as ILM, is located just 5 miles southwest of downtown Wilmington, with easy access via South 3rd Street and NC-133. The airport is serviced by three domestic airlines: Delta, Allegiant and US Airways. Once you land at the airport, you'll find it is easy to get to the city. There are several taxi services that offer ground transportation, and you can find them right outside of the baggage claim area. Expect the fare to run between $15 and $20 to get to the downtown area. There are several private car and limousine services that require advance reservations. If you prefer to rent a car for the duration of your stay, you'll find Thrifty/Dollar, National/Alamo, Enterprise and Avis/Budget car rentals located on-site.

Wilmington Highlights and Attractions

Wilmington's winters are mild, although it is not uncommon to find temperatures dipping as low as 36 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Summers are hot, with days often reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. July, August and September are the rainiest months of the year, so be sure to pack a raincoat or umbrella if you plan to travel during those months. Once you're situated in Wilmington, spend some time touring the historic river district and Riverwalk, both located in the heart of the downtown area. Explore all of the beaches, including the ones located on the small islands that dot the river. If you're traveling with children, be sure to set some time aside for Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park and the Children's Museum of Wilmington. History buffs may prefer to spend time visiting the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, the Latimer House Museum or the Poplar Grove Historic Plantation.

Fun and Sun in the South

Wilmington is well suited for travelers who want a fun-filled beach vacation without the crowds found in places like Miami or Myrtle Beach. Unlike many other beach areas, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy if the weather doesn't cooperate. To find the best deals on flights to Wilmington, be sure to visit, where you can purchase your air tickets, reserve your hotel room and rent a car quickly and easily.

Wilmington When to Go

Wilmington’s proximity to Wrightsville, Kure, and Carolina beaches makes the river city a popular destination for all walks of life during the summer, so don’t be surprised to find a mix of history buffs, party seekers, and families milling around the city. Temperatures typically top out in the mid 80s, accompanied by the standard Southern humidity. Downtown Sundown is a Friday night concert series in Riverfront Park that attracts a lively crowd, and most beach communities nearby offer similar events throughout peak season (Carolina Beach, for instance, offers fireworks and live music on Thursdays).

Fall is festival season, and Riverfest is the biggest of them all, attracting 250,000 people every October. Check out the Great Waiter Wine Race, where the city’s best servers navigate an obstacle course while toting a tray of wine. The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival, in October, along the Cape Fear River in Kure Beach, is more low-key. Encore Restaurant Week, also in October, gives local chefs a chance to showcase their skills, with special menus at participating restaurants. And the Lighthouse International Beer Festival pulls 90 breweries together for a day of sampling.

Come December, popular candlelight tours of Wilmington’s historic district kick into high gear. Winter temps average in the 40s, so bring your mittens.

If you can manage it, spring is an ideal time to visit, with fewer crowds and mild temperatures that hover in the 70s.

Frequently asked questions

Am I currently able to fly to Wilmington?
Before you book your seat, check out our Covid-19 Travel Advisor. This page has everything you need to know about current travel advice, quarantine rules and other helpful info for your flight to Wilmington.
If I am not able to travel because of COVID-19, can I change or cancel?
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Which airlines fly to Wilmington?
Look for a flight that suits your budget and schedule among the 20 airlines that operate at Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM). The simplest way to save some money on flight tickets is to book in advance. Take a look at these reputable domestic air carriers and lock in a rewarding deal today:

  • American Airlines - 192 flights to Wilmington per month
  • Delta - 49 flights to Wilmington per month
  • United Airlines - 34 flights to Wilmington per month

What is the best airport to fly to in Wilmington?
Search for an amazing flight deal to Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM). It’s the city’s main terminal and is located roughly 3 miles northeast of the downtown area. Once you’ve strolled out of arrivals, it won’t be long before you’re enjoying the wonders of Wilmington.
How much is a flight to Wilmington?
Plenty of sensational deals were on offer this week, with round-trip flights to Wilmington ranging between $158 and $265. But it was passengers flying in from Newark (EWR) who landed the really big bargains. One-way fares to Wilmington fell to a low $77.
How to book the cheapest flight to Wilmington?
With some of the most competitive flight deals around, you’re guaranteed value for money with Orbitz. The following handy hints will help you score cheap flights to Wilmington — and leave you with more cash to splash:

  • Depending on your departure city, select the ‘Nearby airports’ function (located under the departure and arrival options). On occasion, other departure points offer more competitive fares.
  • If your plans aren’t carved in stone, click on the ‘Show flexible dates’ option to compare flight deals for different departure dates. Go with any suitable cheaper fare you find.
  • You can also hit the ‘Show options’ function to filter results for your preferred airline, seating class, and nonstop and refundable flights. Under ‘Sort & Filter’ to the left, you can even pick the time of day you’d like to fly.
  • Book as soon as you’ve sorted your travel dates. While it does happen now and then, flights rarely get more affordable as your departure date nears.
  • Save big on your getaway by combining your flights, hotels and car rental into an Orbitz package. Your bank account will thank you.
  • Don’t travel during peak seasons if you can. By avoiding summer and school vacations, you can make superb savings on your airfares.

How long is a flight to Wilmington?
The destination you’re departing from and if you have a layover will determine your flight time. However, these three popular routes to Wilmington will give you a clearer idea:

  • Charlotte, NC (CLT-Charlotte-Douglas Intl.) to Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM) - 1 hour and 1 minute
  • New York, NY (LGA-LaGuardia) to Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM) - 1 hour and 55 minutes
  • Newark, NJ (EWR-Liberty Intl.) to Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM) - 1 hour and 50 minutes

What is the best time to book a flight to Wilmington?
If you can, purchase your tickets to Wilmington in January. This is the best month to score low airfares, followed by February and August. With a bit of time and planning, you’re bound to find a cheap flight with Orbitz.
What day of the week is the cheapest to book a flight to Wilmington?
When it comes to cheap flights to Wilmington, the best days to book are generally Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. A rewarding flight deal is just clicks away with Orbitz.
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly to Wilmington?
According to Orbitz data from 2020, you’ll want to kick off your trip on a Monday to get cheap flights to Wilmington. Next cheapest day? Tuesday. Saturday will set you back the most. So, leave early in the week if you’d like to book a wallet-friendly fare and stretch your travel budget.
What is the cheapest month to fly to Wilmington?
Fly sometime in August if you don’t want to eat into your budget. Orbitz data has found that it’s generally the best month for cheap flights to Wilmington. June is when airfares hit their peak.
Which airlines allow free cancellation?
Plans change, and we think your flight should be able to as well. That’s why Orbitz makes it easy to search for airlines with free cancellation and no change fees. Simply enter your travel details and then choose “Filter by flexible change policies.” How’s that for easy?
What do I need for the flight to Wilmington?
Flying can be a joy with a bit of pre-planning! Make your trip a relaxing one with these useful tips:

  • Whether you print it out or use an electronic one, you’ll need your boarding pass to walk on to the plane. You’ll also need some sort of government-issued identification. If you’re traveling internationally, make sure your passport is valid.
  • Make time fly by even faster on your short flight by packing the right things. Think yummy snacks, bottled water and entertainment. If you’d like your journey to Wilmington to pass nice and quietly, put some noise-canceling headphones or earplugs in your carry-on bag as well.
  • It can get cold on the plane. If you don’t want to shiver your way through the flight, pack an extra layer.

How many direct flights are there to Wilmington?
With 59 flights heading directly to Wilmington per month, you’ll easily find one that fits in with your schedule. Various airlines fly nonstop to this location, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
How do I get cheap first-class/business deals to Wilmington?
Experienced travelers have a way of finding business or first-class flights to Wilmington that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Follow in their footsteps with these helpful hints:

  • Flexibility is everything. By being open to different travel dates, you’ll have better odds of landing a deal on first or business-class airfares.
  • Look for a low-cost airline that has business-class seats. They usually come with more legroom and a glass of bubbly — and a more affordable price.
  • Bid for an upgrade in online auctions (if available) or upgrade with frequent flyer loyalty programs.

How to get into Wilmington from the airport?
Make getting around a breeze with a Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM) car rental. Arrive at Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM) and then collect a set of wheels from one of the outlets on-site. Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar both have a terrific range of cars to choose from. Once you’ve tossed your luggage in the trunk, you’ll need to drive roughly 3 miles to the southwest to reach the bustle of central Wilmington. Renting a car from downtown is another popular option with our Wilmington car rentals.
What is the best time to go to Wilmington?
There’s fun to be had whatever time of year you visit Wilmington, but are when this place is at its busiest. Like to pack your itinerary with lots of warm-weather experiences? Book your vacation around June 20. This is when the summer season kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere. Expect the mercury to drift between 75undefined and 85undefined during this time of year.

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