CRW Records Significant Growth in Passenger Traffic in May

CRW Records Significant Growth in Passenger Traffic in May

May was a busy month for air travel at West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW), with Memorial Day kicking off the start of summer travel and significantly boosting passenger traffic. The airport experienced a record month for enplaned passengers, with a total of 19,606 boarding aircraft. Overall, more than 38,735 travelers passed through the airport last month, surpassing May 2023 by 21%, making it one of the busiest months at CRW since 2019. Total airport operations were also up by 11.6%.

CRW’s newest air carrier, Breeze Airways, also began seasonal nonstop service to Myrtle Beach, SC, and BreezeThru service to Tampa, FL, in May. Those flights are available on Fridays and Mondays through September 2, 2024. Additionally, Breeze continues to offer flights to Orlando, FL, three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. For more information on Breeze’s flight offerings, visit their website at

As passenger traffic continues to increase, CRW is in the process of developing a terminal renovation concept to improve the aging terminal and passenger facilities. Enhancements include the three new, mainline gates, a new security checkpoint, updated concessions, a new baggage belt, and restroom renovations. All of which will improve ADA compliance and the overall passenger experience at CRW.

“We are thrilled to witness the ongoing growth in passenger traffic at CRW,” said Airport Director & CEO Dominique Ranieri. “The introduction of new routes, combined with our plans to modernize and enhance our terminal facilities, is setting CRW apart as the airport of choice for travelers looking for both convenience and connectivity. Our commitment to improving the passenger experience is unwavering, and we look forward to welcoming even more travelers to our airport.”



At its monthly board meeting today, the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority discussed a forthcoming pause to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Airport’s proposed Airfield, Safety and Terminal Improvement Project.

Specifically, the Airfield portion of the EIS will be paused to allow additional planning to be conducted.

While the additional airfield planning progresses, CRW, in consultation with FAA and its Congressional representatives, will shift its focus to the Airport’s most immediate priority—namely, the modernization of the 77-year-old terminal building.  CRW will move forward to compete for terminal grant funding through the FAA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – Airport Terminal Program (BIL-ATP).  The BIL-ATP program allocated $5 billion ($1 billion annually from 2022 to 2026) to provide competitive grants for airport terminal development projects that address the aging infrastructure of the nation’s airports.

“Right now, West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s priority is being able to compete for once-in-a-lifetime terminal funding made available thanks to the FAA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – Airport Terminal Program for the modernization and renovation of our terminal building.  A pause in the EIS process allows us to continue planning work regarding the airfield and to pursue the available terminal funding,” stated Airport Director & CEO Dominique Ranieri.

Dominique continued, “Working with the FAA on the EIS over the past year and a half, we have confirmed what we already know: that CRW is the current and will be the future of commercial aviation activity in West Virginia and that our airfield is safe.  We look forward to continued work in conjunction with the FAA to ensure the utmost safety and prepare the Airport for the future of aviation.”

“CRW greatly appreciates the support the EIS process has received from the FAA, Senator Manchin, Senator Capito, and Congresswoman Miller.  We are very excited for the future and the possibility of upgrades to our terminal building.”

On September 30, 2022, the FAA published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s (CRW) Airfield, Safety, and Terminal Improvement Project.  CRW’s proposed project included a runway shift and extension of CRW’s 5/23 Runway to 7,000 feet.  The FAA is the lead federal agency with jurisdiction over the EIS process and has the authority to issue a pause.

TSA PreCheck® Enrollment Event at CRW

TSA PreCheck® Enrollment Event at CRW

West Virginia International Yeager Airport and Idemia will host a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Event in April. The event will be held April 8-12, 2024 in baggage claim at CRW. Parking is free for this event in the Short-Term lot for the first 60 minutes.

The fee through IDEMIA is $78.00 per applicant and is good for five years. Pre-enrollment is encouraged. The following step-by-step instructions tell how to pre-enroll and how to select an appointment time.

  • Step 1: Apply for TSA PreCheck here.
  • Step 2: Learn what documents to bring.
  • Step 2: Search “25311, or Charleston, or CRW to create an appointment or a walk-in appointment – The system will generate locations that are available.
  • Step 3: Select Charleston, WV Pop-Up: CRW, 04/08-04/12
  • Step 4: Scroll to the bottom; Select “Next”
  • Step 5: Select Appointment time OR check the box Walk-in.
  • Step 6: Hit Submit

TSA PreCheck passengers have a smoother and quicker security screening process with no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets.

Tips for Navigating the Holiday Skies

Tips for Navigating the Holiday Skies

The holiday rush is here! We expect to see increased traffic during the 13-day period from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2. Whether you’re jetting off to spend the festive season with loved ones or heading out on a vacation, navigating the airport during the holidays can be a hectic experience. However, with a little bit of planning and the right tips to guide you, your journey through West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) can be a breeze! Let’s dive into some tips to ensure you have a smooth journey this holiday season.

Arrival Tips

1. Arrive Early: The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for airports. To avoid last-minute rush and stress, we recommend arriving at least two hours prior to your flight. This will give you ample time to check-in, go through security, and find your gate without having to rush.

2. Check Your Flight Status: Last-minute delays or changes can sometimes occur, especially during the busy holiday season. Make sure to check your flight status with your airline before heading to CRW. This way, you can adjust your plans accordingly and avoid unnecessary waiting time at the airport.

Security Tips

3. Review Carry-On Rules: To ensure a hassle-free security check, it is essential to review the carry-on rules in advance. Make sure that your liquids, aerosols, and gels are 3.4 ounces or less. Also, remember that sharp objects like scissors, knives, or nail files are not allowed in your carry-on baggage. By following these rules, you can ensure a smooth and speedy security process.

Pickup Tips

4. Utilize the 20-Minute Waiting Lot: If you’re picking up loved ones from the airport, the 20-minute waiting lot across from the main terminal is a convenient option. This will help free up traffic that is passing through on the roadway. Remember, unattended vehicles are not allowed at the curbside, so this lot is a perfect solution if you need a few extra minutes.

Holiday travel doesn’t have to be stressful. By planning ahead and following these tips, you can ensure a smooth journey through West Virginia International Yeager Airport. Arrive early, check your flight status, review carry-on rules, and utilize the 20-minute waiting lot if you’re picking up loved ones. These simple steps can make a world of difference in your holiday travel experience. Safe travels and happy holidays!

Press Release – CRW Wins Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece Award for Runway 5-23 Rehabilitation Project

Press Release – CRW Wins Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece Award for Runway 5-23 Rehabilitation Project

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) is proud to announce that its Runway 5-23 Rehabilitation Project has been honored with the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece Award. The award was presented at the Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Expo and Conference on December 7th in Richmond, VA.

The judging committee, having assessed three nominated projects spanning the Mid-Atlantic region, commended the results achieved in the runway project at CRW. This award acknowledges the exceptional workmanship, meticulous planning, and exemplary teamwork that collectively contributed to the successful completion of the comprehensive rehabilitation project.

The project, which spanned over three years, included a 2-inch asphalt overlay of the entire runway, rehabilitation of the runway lighting system, installation of energy-efficient LED runway edge lights, electrical conductors, and runway exit sign modifications. The paving portion, conducted in just 72 hours, used 20,000 tons of asphalt. All upgrades were completed by West Virginia Paving and were overseen by Airport Design Consultants Inc (ADCI).

“We are honored to receive the Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece Award for our runway rehabilitation project. This recognition is a testament to the dedication and excellence of our team, as well as the outstanding collaboration with our partners,” said Airport Director and CEO Dominique Ranieri. “The award not only celebrates the successful completion of the project but highlights our commitment to providing top-notch infrastructure for our community and beyond. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to continuing to elevate the standards of aviation excellence at CRW.”

John Crane, Executive Director of the Asphalt Pavement Association of WV, who presented the award, praised the exceptional work of the teams involved. “With West Virginia Paving’s exceptional workmanship, CRW can now serve passengers on the new runway for years to come. Kudos to the WV Paving team for achieving excellence under challenging conditions,” said Crane. “Congratulations to CRW, WV Paving, ADCI, and the FAA for a job well done!”

ADCI also expressed their pride in being part of the project, stating, “Congratulations to CRW and the entire team on receiving this prestigious award. ADCI is honored to be a partner for this monumental project alongside West Virginia Paving, CRW, and the FAA.”

This award is a testament to West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s commitment to providing the best possible infrastructure for their passengers. The project, with a total cost of $25,835,890, also highlights CRW’s dedication to maintaining high standards of operational excellence and safety.