The cheapest times to fly from DBQ to ILM are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • June 4th to September 30th (except the weeks of June 18th, June 25th, July 2nd, and August 20th)
  • October 22nd to November 11th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DBQ to ILM is early to mid August. Prices can be as high as $862 for Sunday flights during late May, or as low as $328 for Tuesday flights around early to mid August.


When to Fly to Wilmington

Flying from Dubuque, IA (DBQ) to Wilmington, NC (ILM) will usually cost between $331 to $608 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid August with an average ticket price of $328. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late May, with an average price of $722. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $394 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $344 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DBQ to ILM flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DBQ to ILM route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DBQ to ILM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DBQ to ILM flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Dubuque. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.24, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to ILM, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into DBQ. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Wilmington, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Dubuque. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $102 (22%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $344. Return trip prices are from the ILM to DBQ flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DBQ to ILM can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 35 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from DBQ to ILM while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in Raleigh/Durham, NC

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from ILM
  • Usually 3.78% less expensive than ILM
  • 1-layover flights available

See DBQ to RDU flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DBQ to ILM? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 2 major airlines flying this route most often: American, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Wilmington International Airport to Dubuque Regional Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 891 miles or 1434 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DBQ to ILM?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DBQ to ILM flight is about 2 hour 35 minutes.

How many flights go between Dubuque, IA and Wilmington, NC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 24 available flights from DBQ to ILM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDBQ
Origination airport nameDubuque Regional Airport
CityDubuque, IA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeILM
Destination airport nameWilmington International Airport
CityWilmington, NC
Countrythe United States


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