Dare County Regional Airport

Dare County Regional Airport
Dare County Regional Airport
Airport type Dare County
Location Manteo, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4.3 m
Coordinates 35°55′08″N 75°41′44″W / 35.91889°N 75.69556°W / 35.91889; -75.69556Coordinates: 35°55′08″N 75°41′44″W / 35.91889°N 75.69556°W / 35.91889; -75.69556
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 4,300 1,311 Asphalt
17/35 3,303 1,007 Asphalt

Dare County Regional Airport (IATA: MEOICAO: KMQIFAA LID: MQI) is a public airport located one mile (2 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of Manteo, a town in Dare County, North Carolina, USA. This general aviation airport covers 340 acres (138 ha) and has two runways.

The airport offers a small museum chronicling the history of aviation on the outer banks.[1] The airport is adjacent to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Dare County Regional Airport is assigned MQI[2] by the FAA and MEO[3] by the IATA (which assigned MQI to Quincy, Massachusetts[4]). The airport's ICAO identifier is KMQI.[3][5]


Since the early 40's Dare County has been served by a small private airport. A public airport was under construction at the time of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted the Navy to abandon its plans to construct a Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Cape Hatteras, and instead focus on this airport, on Roanoke Island, which had a similar runway configuration. The Navy Auxiliary Air Station Manteo was completed by the Navy and commissioned on March 3, 1943. NAAS Manteo was shared by the Civil Air Patrol and the Navy, and was used for special training of squadrons of F4F Wildcats, F6F Hellcats, SB2C Helldivers, TBM and TBF Avengers. PBY Catalinas and F4U Corsairs. The Navy and the Coast Guard conducted anti-submarine patrols from the airfield until the field was placed in caretaker status December 15, 1945. In 1947 control of the airfield was returned to Dare County and in 1983 it was taken over by the Dare County airport authority.[6]


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