TSA Federalizes Wilmington-New Castle Airport as Commercial Flights Resume

February 1, 2021

TSA Federalizes Wilmington-New Castle Airport as Commercial Flights Resume

Frontier Airlines to offer service to Orlando


WILMINGTON, Del. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is federalizing the Wilmington-New Castle Airport as Frontier Airlines plans to restart scheduled commercial service to and from Orlando International Airport beginning Feb. 11.

The non-stop service from Wilmington-New Castle Airport (ILG) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) will operate three times weekly.

To accommodate the planned return of commercial service to the airport, the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) recently completed renovations to the terminal that include the checkpoint and baggage screening areas as well as the secure area of the terminal. The Authority has invested approximately $2 million for security compliance and customer service improvements inside the passenger terminal. These upgrades include expanding and improving the security queue to enable TSA to conduct passenger screening more efficiently; building a new modern ticketing/check-in counter and gate area seating; and improving technology infrastructure upgrades throughout the building to accommodate new passenger information displays and improved airline communications.

TSA has installed state-of-the-art equipment to screen passengers, their checked baggage and carry-on baggage. TSA officers will be on site about two hours prior to scheduled flights and will begin to screen passengers and their baggage an hour before each scheduled departure.

 “The TSA officers who will be conducting security screening operations at Wilmington-New Castle Airport are well-trained and experienced in all of our screening protocols,” said Gerardo Spero, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Philadelphia International and  Wilmington-New Castle Airports. “We look forward to working with the Delaware River & Bay Authority and their law enforcement agency, Frontier Airlines and all of our security stakeholder partners at the airport as commercial flights start up.”  

 “One of the DRBA’s goals for Wilmington-New Castle Airport has always been to establish quality, sustainable air service for our community and Frontier’s return is both a commitment to Delaware and a testament to the market sustainability of passenger demand at this airport,” said Stephen D. Williams, DRBA Deputy Executive Director and Airports Director.  “With the support of our colleagues at TSA, the State of Delaware will no longer be the only state in the union without regularly scheduled commercial service.” 

On Thursday, Feb. 11, passengers aboard Frontier Airlines in-bound flight #1254 to Wilmington-New Castle Airport from Orlando, Florida, is expected to arrive at 12:38 p.m.  Frontier will serve Wilmington-New Castle Airport with the 180-seat, Airbus A320 with flights set for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be launching the only commercial air service from Wilmington-New Castle Airport,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO of Frontier Airlines. “We look forward to providing an affordable and convenient air travel option for residents in the greater Delaware area.”

Biffle also pointed out that Frontier has been an industry leader in healthy travel initiatives and is currently the only U.S. airline conducting temperature screenings for all passengers and crew prior to boarding. Additionally, Frontier requires face coverings that must be worn throughout a traveler’s journey, as well as a health acknowledgement during check-in.


The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses an intelligence-based approach and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (Wilmington-New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal at Dover and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.