MarineQuest Shuttle Van

MarineQuest Airport Transportation Information

MarineQuest programs are based out of UNCW's main campus at 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. The campus is located approximately 7 miles (15-20 minute drive) from Wilmington International Airport (ILM).

For your convenience, MarineQuest staff can pick-up your student from ILM on the first day of their program and drop them off on the final day of their program. This service is provided ONLY on the first and last day. 

Based on your students age there may be a charge associated with the MarineQuest Airline Shuttle.

Students Age 9 - 14
  • Traveling as a registered unaccompanied minor service with airline.
  • MarineQuest staff will meet the student at the airline gate upon arrival.
  • MarineQuest staff will sit with the student until departure and the plane has left Wilmington airspace.
  • $75 MarineQuest fee and must complete the Airport Transport Request.
Students Age 15 - 17
  • Traveling as a young adult (Not as a registered unaccompanied minor)
  • MarineQuest will meet the student at security.
  • MarineQuest staff will ensure the students passes through security.
  • No additional charge, must complete the Airport Transport Request.

Preferred Arrival and Departure Times:

Arrivals should be scheduled on the first day of the program (Sunday). Arrival times should be selected between a 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm time frame (when possible)

Departures should be scheduled on the last day of the program (Friday). Departure times should be selected between a 11:30 - 2:30 pm time frame (when possible)

If your arrival or departure flight times cannot be booked between the above listed time frames, you must contact us at or call (910) 962-2992  before booking your flight for special approval and to confirm that staff is available for airport pick-up or drop-off.

MarineQuest Online Airport Shuttle Request Form:

To arrange for an airport pick-up or drop-off, you are required to complete the online MarineQuest Airport Transportation Request form.  All travel information is needed to complete this form.  If you have not yet purchased tickets but have questions regarding your students travel or the form please reach out to 

ILM is served by American Airlines, Delta, and United. Check with the airlines for details/restrictions about children flying alone. Generally, airlines require students 14 and under to fly as a registered unaccompanied minor.  There is an additional fee through the airline (as much $150 each way) as well as MarineQuest ($75).

Before making your airline reservation, contact us at or call (910) 962-2992 to confirm the availability of a staff member to meet your child and receive contact information for the MarineQuest staff member who will meet your child at ILM.

NOTE: Your child must have a form of legal identification with them to get on the plane for their trip home.

Additional information:
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)