Foothills Regional Airport Authority

About the Authority

The Foothills Regional Airport Authority oversees the operation of the Foothills Regional Airport. Foothills Regional Airport is located on NC-18, between Lenoir and Morganton, North Carolina. The airport is less than an hour’s drive from Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and Boone. The cities of Lenoir and Morganton and Burke and Caldwell counties help fund the airport. 

City Code: Subpart B - PRIVATE LAWS 1945/CHAPTER 360/AIRPORT | SENATE BILL 1241 | HOUSE BILL 1517


The Authority meets at noon on the last Wednesday of every month at the airport, located at 3566 Morganton Lenoir Airport Avenue, Morganton, NC, 28655. The meetings are open to the public.


The Authority consists of City Council and County Commission members from the cities of Lenoir and Morganton and Burke and Caldwell counties. Each of those governing bodies appoint a non-elected citizen to the board. Terms run from July 1 to June 30.

Member Name - City/County -  Term Expires

  • Joe Gibbons, Chair - City of Lenoir - 2025
  • Charles Thomas - City of Lenoir - 2024
  • Randy Burns - Burke County
  • Jeff Branch - Caldwell County
  • Butch McSwain  City of Morganton
  • Dennis Pearson - Burke County
  • Bob Pruett - City of Morganton
  • Bruce Roberts Caldwell County