WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT RECEIVES $1 MILLION FOR SECOND PHASE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT RECEIVES $1 MILLION FOR SECOND PHASE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

Today during a special meeting of the Board of Members, the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA) accepted a $1,044,049 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funding will support the completion of Phase 2 of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed airfield, safety, and terminal improvement project.

This Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being completed to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed projectbeing studied would establish standard 1,000-foot-long by 500-foot-wide runway safety areas at both ends of Runway 5-23 and runway extension to meet the takeoff runway length needs of the existing and forecast future aircraft fleet mix at CRW. Additionally, the proposed project would improve the efficiency of operations in the terminal area and modernize the terminal complex to improve the passenger experience and provide a modern and efficient terminal.

Three West Virginia Airport’s received more than $8.7 million as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

We would like to thank Senator Manchin, Senator Capito, Congressman Mooney, and the FAA for their continued support as we work to improve CRW’s infastructure to allow us to attract additional air service and welcome visitors to West Virginia,” said CRW Airport Director and CEO,Dominique Ranieri.

The CWVRAA also formally accepted the Small Community Air Service Development Program (“SCASDP”) Grant to recruit, initiate, and support new air service to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) or George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) awarded to CRW last month.

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT AWARDED 2021 SCASDP GRANT FOR NEW AIR SERVICE

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT AWARDED 2021 SCASDP GRANT FOR NEW AIR SERVICE

Today the West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) was awarded a Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant to support new service to Dallas Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) or Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

 

The grant can be used for a revenue guarantee, start-up costs, recruitment costs, and marketing to initiate and support new, nonstop service to DFW or IAH. The grant will support CRW’s effort to restore nonstop air service to a significant hub west of Mississippi.

 

“We are thrilled and thankful to have been selected to receive this opportunity and share it with our loyal passengers,” said Airport Director and CEO Nick Keller. “West Virginia’s economy is experiencing significant growth, and we’ve noticed the increasing demand for air service here. Great air service is critical to our region, quality of life, and the ability to attract new visitors and business.”

 

CRW was one of 25 grant proposals to be selected, and we are grateful for the community participation, local funding, and letter of support American Airlines filed for the project.

 

Previously, CRW was able to attract service to Orlando International Airport (MCO) on Spirit Airlines with the support of a SCASDP grant.
WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE FROM POLICE OFFICER

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE FROM POLICE OFFICER

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) would like to recognize West Virginia International Yeager Airport Police Department (WVIYAPD) Officer Brian Jones for going above and beyond the call of duty.

On July 5, two military recruits traveling to boot camp became stranded at CRW after their flight was canceled and rescheduled for the following day. The two men were stuck with only a $10 meal voucher while waiting for a call from the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO). At around 10:30 PM, the recruits were booked hotel rooms at a hotel in Beckley, West Virginia, over an hour away—allowing for little time to rest before they would have to travel back to CRW for their early flight.

Hearing this, Officer Jones arranged a ride to and from a Charleston hotel, which he paid for himself, and bought the men pizza.

Later, Police Chief Eric Johnson received a call from the mom of one of the men. She had spoken with her son, who told her of his experience and how kind the WVIYAPD officers were. She said her son hopes to be a police officer after military service.

This isn’t the first time Officer Jones has gone above and beyond for customers at CRW. In March, Officer Jones noticed a child who needed to burn off some energy before his flight. With permission from the child’s grandmother, Officer Jones took him around CRW. The child was taken for a walk on the ramp, saw police cruisers, met CRW Hercules, and was able to visit with a pilot inside the cockpit of a Spirit Airlines aircraft.

CRW would like to thank Officer Jones for creating memorable moments for our passengers and congratulate him on being named Employee of the Month for July.

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT ASSISTING WITH TRANSPORT OF WOODY WILLIAMS

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT ASSISTING WITH TRANSPORT OF WOODY WILLIAMS

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) will be working with American Airlines to transport the family of an American Hero to Washington D.C. this Wednesday at 3:00 PM.

After laying in state at the West Virginia State Capital, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams will be flown via West Virginia Air National Guard C-130 to Washington D.C., where he will be honored during a state funeral. Williams was the last living WWII Medal of Honor Recipient.

A charted plane from American Airlines will follow the C-130 and transport family and friends of Williams to D.C. The aircraft will receive a water cannon salute as it departs.

“To be able to assist with the departure out of CRW is a true honor. William’s devotion to this country and all those he served is beyond remarkable,” said CRW Director and CEO Nick Keller. “He’s an American hero who will be missed by many.”

“We are tremendously proud to do our part in honoring Woody Williams and his heroic legacy of sacrifice and service,” said Randy Stillinger, Manager of Military and Veterans Initiatives for American Airlines. “With the help of our team members across the country, we will see that Woody’s family is well taken care of on their journey to Washington DC, where Woody will be honored by a grateful nation. While a hero from our Greatest Generation has passed, we reinforce our commitment to the Woody Williams Foundation and continue to support his heartfelt mission to care for families of the fallen.”

Williams served in the United States Marine Corps. He received the military’s highest decoration of valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroism above and beyond the call of duty in World War II on the island of Iwo Jima.

CRW will continue to honor his memory through our Woody Williams Military Flight Operations Center.

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT TEMPORARY RUNWAY CLOSURES

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT TEMPORARY RUNWAY CLOSURES

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) will have nightly closures of Runway 5/23 starting July 25 through November 18, 2022.

The closures are necessary for Phase 3 of CRW’s Runway 5-23 rehabilitation project, mandated and funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This comprehensive upgrade will provide a 2-inch asphalt overlay of the entire runway, including rehabilitation of the runway lighting system, the installation of energy-efficient LED runway edge lights, electrical conductors, and runway exit sign modifications.

Much of the work will be done overnight into the early morning hours to align the construction with the Airport’s commercial air traffic schedules. Below is a look at scheduled runway closures:

  • Nightly closures begin July 25 through November 18. The runway will close at 11:00 PM and reopen at 6:00 AM Sundays through Thursdays. Commercial air traffic will not be impacted.
  • Runway 5/23 will be closed from Monday, September 12th at 8:00 AM until Thursday, September 15th, when it will reopen at 8:00 AM.

“The runway is at a point where it hasn’t been rehabbed since 2003,” said Airport Director and CEO Nick Keller. “The repairs are necessary to ensure CRW is set up for success as we continue to grow into the future.”

This is the final phase of CRW’s three-year Runway Rehabilitation Project, which was funded by an Airport Improvement Program grant. West Virginia Paving, Inc. was awarded the prime contract, and Airport Design Consultants Inc will provide construction management and inspection services. The airlines that service CRW were notified in advance of the closures.

Pack Your Patience for Summer Travel

Pack Your Patience for Summer Travel

The Transportation Security Administration says there is a pent-up demand for travel, and that will be seen at checkpoints in airports across the nation.

So far, TSA has reported they are seeing checkpoint volumes at about 85% of pre-pandemic levels, and those will only increase as summer travel progresses.

Here are some quick need-to-know tips:

GET TO THE AIRPORT WITH TIME TO SPARE

With labor shortages with airlines and TSA combined with an increase in travelers, you could run into some delays. TSA lines could be unpredictable this travel season. Make sure you have your ID and boarding pass in hand and ready to go.

REMEMBER THE LIQUID BREAKDOWN

TSA says one of the biggest mistakes people make while checking in is bringing oversized liquid, gels, and aerosols.

Each passenger may carry liquids, gels, and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels, and aerosols. Everyday travel items that must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, and lotion.

FLY EARLY

Flying earlier in the day means your flight is less likely to get canceled – and you will have more options if it does. Summer travel also means a higher risk of weather delays since severe weather generally begins later in the afternoon. Flying in the morning could help avoid thunderstorms and weather delays, which in turn can have a domino effect.

CHECKING IN

If you’re checking a bag, make sure to check with your airline on the check-in requirements. Generally, you must do so 45 – 60 minutes before a domestic flight. United, American Airlines, and Delta all require travelers to check their bags 60 minutes before their flight.

TSA PRECHECK

TSA is urging anyone flying to enroll in PreCheck. Not only does it get you through the checkpoint faster, but it also eliminates the need for a bin (in most cases) and decreases the amount of contact you have with TSA agents. Enrolling in PreCheck is relatively easy, but it does take a few weeks.

Enrolling is a two-step process. You can start the application online by scheduling an appointment at an enrollment center. The appointment takes about 10 minutes. Your fingerprints are taken for a background check, and you have to pay $85 for a 5-year membership. After that, it normally takes a few weeks to get your approval. Once you are approved, the renewal process is done online.

FLYING WITH FOOD

TSA has put together a list of what food items can stay in your carry-on and what needs to be in your checked baggage. The simple rule TSA follow is, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it, or pour it, pack it in a checked bag. Here is the full list.

BE KIND AND PATIENT

Be patient and kind to TSA, airline, and airport workers as they work through being short-staffed.