Q/A with CRW’s Airport Director & CEO

Q/A with CRW’s Airport Director & CEO

Last week West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s Airport Director & CEO – Dominique Ranieri sat down with Jim Strawn & Company on Highlights to talk about the future of aviation at CRW.

This interview hits all the highlights, from celebrating CRW’s 75th anniversary to new and exciting projects at the Airport.


For more information on West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s proposed airfield, safety, and terminal improvement project, you can visit the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) website.

 

 

Brace for a busy Holiday Travel Season

Brace for a busy Holiday Travel Season

In preparation for the upcoming holiday travel season, West Virginia International Yeager Airport would like to remind passengers to be prepared for the increased passenger volume. The season kicks off with Thanksgiving travel, which begins Friday, Nov. 18, and concludes Sunday, Nov. 27. CRW is expecting passenger volumes over the Thanksgiving travel period to equal or surpass the previous holiday season, with 54.6 million people expected to travel over the holiday period — a 1.5% increase from 2021. Airport officials expect the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to be the busiest departure day, following another busy travel day on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects travel nationwide to pick up this season, anticipating as many as 2.5 million passengers at checkpoints on Wednesday and more than 2.5 million on Sunday. As a result, the agency recommends that people prepare for security when packing for their trip and be aware of what can go in carry-on or checked bags.

CRW Airport has some tips for dealing with the crowds:

Give yourself extra time. Make sure you arrive at least one hour prior to your scheduled departure time to ensure you’re at your gate in time for boarding.

Download your airline app. Download your airline’s mobile app ahead of time to get important flight status updates and for an overall smoother travel experience.

Picking Up Loved Ones? Those picking up or dropping off passengers should utilize the free 20-minute lot, available while you wait for your loved one. Please do not park along Airport Road or curbside.

What can I bring? Passengers should review all rules for carry-ons in advance of their flight at TSA.gov. CRW also encourages passengers to sign up for trusted traveler programs such as TSA Pre✓®. The program allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case, and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select TSA airport checkpoint screening lanes.

Worried about flight delays? We encourage you to check with your airline before coming to the airport. You can also check live flight status on our website and our social media is a good resource for important airport updates.

As a reminder, beginning May 3, 2023, air travelers flying within the United States will be required to present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of identification, such as a passport or military ID. To get the REAL ID gold star, West Virginia residents must present the required documents at a DMV in person. There is a ten-dollar surcharge and standard fees to get the new license. A standard license without the gold star will not be a valid option to enter the TSA checkpoint after May 3, 2023.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and thank you for Flying CRW!

CRW Recipient of ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience Award

CRW Recipient of ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience Award

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) was recognized for best in Public Relations Programs among small airports at the 2022 Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Marketing and Communications Conference held in Vancouver, Canada.

The ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience award recognizes how a public relations program can be a planned effort to improve the Airport’s image in the public eye. CRW Airport was awarded for the “It Starts at Home” rebranding campaign and its public relations tactics.

“It’s an honor to have our Airport recognized alongside our peers in the aviation industry for our outstanding efforts surrounding our rebranding campaign. I am proud of the Marketing Department’s work and the work of the entire CRW team,” said Airport Director and CEO, Dominique Ranieri.

As CRW Airport began celebrating its 75th year of operation, the Central West Virginia Airport Authority team had a new vision. The goal for the overall public relations program was to refresh the CRW brand in a way that positioned CRW Airport as a reliable, convenient Airport that is not only close by but also a cemented part of the broader community.

“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award from ACI-NA. We are thankful for the support of our community and travelers that Fly CRW who have helped us reach and celebrate this special achievement,” said Paige Withrow, Marketing Manager.

Since its formation in 1990, the Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience Awards have recognized the quality of work, abundance of talent, and creativity within the marketing, communications, and customer experience fields of the airport industry.

ACI-NA is an organization that represents airports and other aviation-related businesses in the United States and Canada. Airports across North America submitted entries in 20 categories in communications, marketing, and customer experience for this contest.

The award is given in three categories: Large Airport, Medium Airport, and Small Airport. The 2022 winners for Public Relations Programs are Vancouver International Airport (Large Airport), Memphis International Airport (Medium Airport), and West Virginia International Yeager Airport (Small Airport).

West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Marshall University unveil new exhibit on Chuck Yeager

West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Marshall University unveil new exhibit on Chuck Yeager

West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Marshall University staff and special guest Victoria Yeager today unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, in partial observance of the 75th anniversary of Yeager’s becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound on Oct. 14, 1947.

“We are thrilled to showcase the historical achievements of Gen. Chuck Yeager at West Virginia International Yeager Airport for all those passing through the airport to see,” said Airport Director and CEO Dominique Ranieri. “Gen.Yeager’s influence on our airport and on the aviation community at large is undeniable.”

The exhibit, which is located in the airport’s observation area, includes artifacts that were donated to Marshall University by Yeager in December of 1986.

Lori Thompson, Marshall’s head of special collections, said that among the materials in the display are a framed copy of “Bell XS-1 Makes Supersonic Flight,” from Aviation Week, December 22, 1947; a plaque presented for years of dedicated service from the U.S. Air Force; a sculpture on a wooden base commemorating the 50th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier in 1997; and a plaque presented by the Charleston Gazette-Mail for “West Virginian of the Year.”

“Gen. Yeager, the most notable aviator in the world, meant so much to aviation and to West Virginia,” said Bill Noe, Marshall’s chief aviation officer. “We at Marshall are pleased to join the airport in presenting this exhibit.”

The long-term goal is to have a rotation of shows about Yeager that draw from the university’s archives, said Dr. David Pittenger, a professor at Marshall who also works with the flight school. These shows will be curated by a Marshall student studying history under the supervision of Thompson and other members of the faculty.

Yeager, for whom the airport is named, was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace and record-setting test pilot.

75th Anniversary of Chuck Yeager Breaking the Sound Barrier

75th Anniversary of Chuck Yeager Breaking the Sound Barrier

Today is a special day for West Virginia International Yeager Airport as it marks the 75th anniversary of Brigadier General Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier. Yeager made history in 1947 when at just 24 years old, his Bell X-1 broke the speed of sound over a lake in Southern California. That feat earned him the distinction of the “Fastest Man Alive.”

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier and in conjunction with the Airport’s 75th anniversary, CRW is in the process of opening a new exhibit dedicated to General Yeager. In addition, the Airport is partnering with Marshall University to display artifacts that have previously been held in the University’s archives. The materials were donated to Marshall University in December 1986 by General Yeager.

The new exhibit (located in the Airport Observation Area) will be unveiled to the public on October 24, 2022. Special visitor – Victoria Yeager will be in attendance. Some of the items selected to be on display include a plaque presented for “West Virginian of the Year” by the Sunday Gazette-Mail and a coin issued in commemoration of the First Man to Fly Faster than Sound.

“We are thrilled to showcase the historical achievements of General Chuck Yeager at West Virginia International Yeager Airport for all those passing through the airport to see,” said Airport Director & CEO Dominique Ranieri.“ General Yeager’s influence on our airport and on the aviation community at large is undeniable.”