CRW CEO Named Top 40 Under 40 For 2022

CRW Airport Director and CEO Dominique Ranieri has been named one of the aviation industry’s Top 40 under 40 leaders by Airport Business. The Top 40 Under 40 showcases the top talent and leading thinkers in the aviation industry who are driving success and innovations for the future.

In 2015 at the age of 24, Dominique Ranieri represented the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority in litigation. She began working for the Airport Authority in 2017, starting as the Airport’s Director of Marketing & Air Service Development and working her way up to the CEO role. Her hard work has led to many additions (and schedule adjustments) to service at CRW Airport—notably, service from CRW to Orlando International Airport (MCO) on low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines.

Before being named CEO, Ranieri served as Assistant Airport Director for nearly two years. Her appointment to her current position was made official in September 2022. She is the first woman to lead West Virginia International Yeager Airport.

CRW airport is proud of Director Ranieri’s industry-advancing contributions and greatly appreciates her dedication to the CRW team and our passengers. Congratulations to Dominique and each of the 2022 winners!

CWVRAA Accepts Two Grants From The Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities

CWVRAA Accepts Two Grants From The Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities

Today during a special Central West Virginia Airport Authority meeting, board members voted to accept two grants from the WVDOT Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities.

In March 2022, the West Virginia Legislature disbanded the former West Virginia Aeronautics Commission, State Rail Authority, Division of Public Transit and Public Port Authority and reestablished their missions under the umbrella of the Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities.

“We so appreciate the Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities for their efforts to prioritize funding for airport projects in our State,” CRW Airport Director and CEO Dominique Ranieri said. “This match funding helps West Virginia’s airports bring in as much Federal funding as possible to maintain and improve our aviation infrastructure.”

The first grant of $646,702 provides the 5% match for CRW’s Runway Rehabilitation Phase III project.

In June of 2022, West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) received an Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $12,394,048 that funded the final phase of the Runway Rehabilitation project. The project was a comprehensive upgrade that provided a 2-inch asphalt overlay of the runway. This project also included rehabilitating the runway lighting system, installing energy-efficient LED runway edge lights, electrical conductors, and runway exit sign modifications.

In a second vote, the CWVRAA board formally accepted $58,003 from the Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities. The 5% matching funds will be used to complete Phase 2 of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed airfield, safety, and terminal improvement project.

The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed project being studied would establish standard 1,000-foot-long by 500-foot-wide runway safety areas at both ends of the runway to meet the takeoff runway length needs of the existing and forecast future aircraft fleet mix at CRW.

Additionally, Phase 2 of the proposed project proposes a further shift and extension of Runway 5-23 to provide an 8,000-foot runway, relocation of the remaining portions of Taxiway A that do not meet FAA design standards, development of an additional gate at the terminal facility, and the potential relocation of the existing Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT).

“The Division of Multimodal Transportation is excited to be able to provide matching funds for these worthwhile expansion projects at the CRW Airport,” WV Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities Commissioner Cindy Butler said. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with CRW for many years to come.”

CWVRAA Accepts Two Grants From The Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities

West Virginia International Yeager Airport Adds to Executive Leadership Team

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) welcomes two new members to its Executive Leadership team. Lawrence (L.J.) Marciano joins as the Airport’s Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director, and Andrew Gunnoe as the Airport’s Chief Development Officer.

“We have an incredible team at CRW who work very hard to ensure that CRW remains a world-class Airport for the State of West Virginia. We are thrilled to add the talents of L.J. and Andrew to our team, and I know they will make an immediate impact on our future success,” said Airport Director and CEO Dominique Ranieri.

Lawrence (L.J.) Marciano, Chief Operating Officer & Assistant Director

L.J. will oversee the teams running Airport Operations, Maintenance, and Capital Jet Center. He will also assist with air service development and long-term planning.

He brings over 25 years of aviation industry experience in airline affairs and airport consulting to this role. He has held various senior leadership roles at legacy and low-cost carriers, with expertise in revenue management, operations, supply chain management, and airport affairs. He previously served as the Associate Vice President of Business & Finance at Landrum & Brown, Inc, a global aviation consulting firm. He was responsible for Business Services and Planning client consulting.

Marciano is a University of Rochester graduate and holds a Master’s Degree from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.

“I am excited for the opportunity to fill the role of COO & Assistant Director at West Virginia International Yeager Airport,” said Mr. Marciano. “I am thrilled to be a part of the airport’s continued success and know that we will be able to continue to build upon the outstanding work that has already occurred and continue to grow CRW in the future.”

Andrew Gunnoe, Chief Development Officer

Andrew Gunnoe spent the prior nine years as the Deputy County Manager, Assistant County Attorney, and Fiduciary Supervisor for the Kanawha County Commission.  During his time with the Commission, Gunnoe worked on all aspects of County Government, including the redevelopment of Shawnee Park into the Shawnee Sports Complex and, more recently, the County’s $34 million American Rescue Plan Act grant program.

Gunnoe is a West Virginia University College of Law graduate and holds a Master’s Degree from the West Virginia College of Business & Economics.  Gunnoe is also an American Planning Association Certified Planner (AICP).  The AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planning professional’s skills and qualifications.

“Andrew will be an invaluable asset to the Airport,” said Ranieri. Gunnoe will assist with managing the many ongoing projects at CRW, grant sourcing, business development, and government affairs.

“I am thrilled about this opportunity and would like to thank Director Ranieri and the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority Board for allowing me to join the amazing team at CRW,” said Andrew Gunnoe. “I must specifically thank and recognize the Kanawha County Commission – President Kent Carper, Commissioner Ben Salango, Commissioner Lance Wheeler, and County Manager Jennifer Herrald for the incredible opportunity to be involved in Kanawha County government for so many years.”

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!

CWVRAA Accepts Two Grants From The Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities

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.