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Closest Airport To Carteret County NC? Regional (Commuter) And International Flights.

What is the closest airport to the Carteret County communities of Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, and Emerald Isle NC?

If your only concern is the quickest drive, then Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) in New Bern, NC is the closest regional airport to any community in the county. The closest international airport is going to be Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) which is a 2 1/2 – 3 hour drive. However, if you factor in availability and cost of any fare, then the following information will help you plan your trip.

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It should also be noted that the communities of Emerald Isle and Cape Carteret in western Carteret County NC are equally close to EWN and Albert J. Ellis (OAJ) in Jacksonville, NC. Both of these regional (commuter) airports primarily serve Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) which is roughly a 5 1/2 hour drive to the county.

The general aviation airport in Beaufort, NC does NOT have any commercial flights.

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Carteret NC Nearest Airports

Closest to Beaufort, Harkers Island, and others areas down east:

  • New Bern airport (EWN) at 45-55 minute drive.
  • Jacksonville, NC (OAJ) is 1 hour and 30-45 minutes away.

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Closest to Morehead City, Newport, and Atlantic Beach:

  • New Bern regional airport (EWN) at 35-45 minute drive.
  • Jacksonville, NC regional (OAJ) is 1 hour and 15 minutes away.

Closest to Emerald Isle and Cape Carteret:

  • New Bern airport (EWN) 55 minute drive.
  • But the Jacksonville, NC airport (OAJ) is only 1 hour and 5 minutes away.

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** Note: Both Raleigh-Durham International and Charlotte Douglas International are both in large metropolitan cities. During heavy traffic, you can add another 1 hour to your driving commute.

This article was written in 2018, but if you are reading it in 2021+ then use the comment form below to ask if the local airport has limited commuter flights because the Carteret County airport (link) is headed that route. You can also use the form below if you have any questions about the local area that will help you plan your trip and flight.

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

3 thoughts on “Closest Airport To Carteret County NC? Regional (Commuter) And International Flights.

  • November 13, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Flights to Morehead City would be a very good thing, do you ever see it happening?

    • November 13, 2018 at 5:04 am

      Given that an interstate is about to come in to Carteret County within the next ten years and the closest airport being Beaufort which has no commercial flights, yes I do see it happening in the next 5 to 7 years starting with 1 or 2 flights a day going to and from Charlotte.

  • October 23, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Add another 30 minutes to that 1 hour extra time for traffic in Raleigh!


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