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.”

Attention Passengers: Important Advisory from CRW Airport 🚴

Attention Passengers: Important Advisory from CRW Airport 🚴

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) is excited to welcome cyclist for the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships taking place in Charleston from May 14th to May 19th, 2024. The event serves as a qualifying platform for the U.S. Olympic Team for both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.

A full schedule and course map can be found on the USA Cycling website here!

Please be advised of the upcoming road closures during the event which may impact travel to and from CRW. A full list of road closure can be found on the City of Charleston’s website

If you’re traveling on Saturday, May 18th or Sunday, May 19th we suggest giving yourself extra time to get to the airport ahead of your scheduled departure time. To ensure smooth travel to the airport, please note the alternate routes below.

Accessing West Virginia International Airport:

From I-77S / I-64E:

  • Exit 99 > Greenbrier St > Airport Rd.

From I-64W/I-77N – Two Options:

  • Option 1: Exit 100 > Leon Sullivan Way > Washington St > Greenbrier St (speed limits will be reduced)
  • Option 2: Continue on I-77N > I-79N > Exit #5, Big Chimney > Rt. 114 South > Airport Rd.

From I-79:

  • Exit #5, Big Chimney > Rt. 114 South > Airport Rd.

These routes have been carefully planned to minimize any inconvenience caused by the event. We recommend allowing extra travel time and staying updated on traffic conditions during the championship weekend.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we celebrate this thrilling sporting event in our city.

The Hercules Birthday Coloring Contest!

The Hercules Birthday Coloring Contest!

Hey there, young creatives! Guess what? The CRW coloring contest is making a comeback! And this time around, our star is none other than our beloved wildlife patrol dog and birthday boy, Hercules 🐶. Get those coloring pencils ready! 🧑‍🎨

Below, you’ll find all the rules you need to know to enter. Don’t forget to grab the coloring page from our welcome desk (near baggage claim), or download and print here. Get those creative juices flowing, and submit your masterpiece either by mail to our address or to Huge thanks to everyone who joins in the fun – let’s see those colors shine! 🎨🐾



Rules and How To Enter:

1. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winning.
2. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning.
3. Contest is open to all children through age 15.
4. Contest entry begins on March 27, 2024 at 12:01AM EST, and ends April 30, 2024 at 11:59PM EST.
5. To enter print out, or pick up the official CRW Coloring Page and color it using any medium you’d like.

  • Entries can be mailed to: CRW AIPORT, ATTN: Coloring Contest, 100 Airport Road, Suite 175, Charleston,
    West Virginia 25311.
  • Entries may also be emailed to

6. Entry must include your full name, age (at time of entry), parent or legal guardian’s full name, home
telephone number, preferred contact information and home address.
7. Entry must be received by CRW Airport no later than 11:59PM EST on April 30, 2024 by mail or email.
8. Limit one (1) entry per person.
9. All entries must be original and entirely created by the entrant. There are no restrictions on what an
entrant can use to color the image.
10. Entries may be uploaded to the Yeager Airport Facebook page at Entries will
be numbered and the personal information of the child will not be posted with the entry.
11. Entries will be judged by the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority Board. The decisions of the
Board will be final and binding in all respects.
12. One (1) first place winner, one (2) place winner and one (3) third place winner will be selected from each
age category (2-5 years, 6-10, 10-15 years) Winners will be announced on the FLYCRW Airport Facebook
page on after the contest has ended. We will contact the winners’ parent or legal guardian using the
preferred contact information listed on the coloring page. Pictures of the winners will be taken and
reproduced in local newspapers, and the CRW Airport website, social media sites or any other media used
by CRW. Parent/legal guardian of winner must sign a picture release form upon winner receiving prize.
13. It is requested that the winners pick up their prizes in person at CRW Airport on a date to be determined.
14. Non-compliance or return of prize notifications as undeliverable, whether by email or telephone, may
result in disqualification and selection of an alternate potential winner.
15. CRW Airport may substitute prizes of equal or greater value. In the event of insufficient entries for an age
group, a winner may not be chosen for that age group.
16. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
17. All entries become the property of CRW Airport and may be used or reproduced in any manner and for any
purpose by CRW Airport without additional consent or compensation, and will not be acknowledged or
18. CRW Airport is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, or incomplete/incorrect entries.
19. CRW Airport reserves the right to disqualify anyone who attempts to tamper or otherwise interfere with
the proper functioning of the entry process or voting process.
20. By participating, Contest entrants: (1) represent that they have complied with these Official Contest Rules;
(2) have received parental consent and grant CRW Airport the right to use his or her name, city, state and
likeness; (3) release CRW Airport from any and all liability in connection with this Contest; and (4) agree to
execute an affidavit of eligibility/prize acceptance form and publicity release if requested to do so, all
without further compensation.
For a copy of these Official Rules or the Winners List, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to CRW
Airport at the above-address.

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.