Traveling for Spring Break? CRW Has Your Go To Travel Tips!

Traveling for Spring Break? CRW Has Your Go To Travel Tips!

Spring break is here. But, you don’t need to be a teenager to make all your travel dreams come true this spring break! We can help. At CRW, we want to ensure your travel experience is smooth sailing with no turbulence. So, here are some tips to get you through spring break travel.

It’s going to be a crowded spring break this year, with more travelers than in previous years during the pandemic. Travel agents are reporting significant increases in their bookings for the upcoming spring break, and even summer vacations.

According to The International Air Transport Association, 150 percent more passengers will fly this year than they did last year.

ARRIVE EARLY

One of the most basic rules of flying is to give yourself plenty of time. We know getting through CRW’s TSA checkpoint is a breeze, but you never know if there will be a delay at the checkpoint, or if you need to take more time checking in a bag at the airline kiosk. CRW suggests arriving at the airport 90 minutes before your scheduled flight. But, also check with the airlines.

If you are checking a bag, some airlines require you to arrive at least an hour before your flight. In some cases, if you aren’t at the airport within the hour check-in window, the airline can refuse to allow you to board.

CHECK YOUR FLIGHT STATUS

We aren’t out of the woods yet for winter weather, and neither are certain Spring Break destinations, like Chicago. Even if you are heading to a tropical place, your aircraft may be coming from somewhere cold. Checking your flight status will keep you in the know of any last-minute changes, cancellations, or delays.

The best way to track your plane is to visit FlightAware.com or download the app. Once there, you can enter your flight number and track your flight in real time.

Tracking your flight has perks during busy travel times, such as spring break. Tracking inbound flights is particularly useful when the airline you’re traveling on offers a limited number of flights from CRW.

Knowing where your flight is coming from can help you understand any potential delays, and plan accordingly from there.

BE CHECKPOINT SAVVY 

In order to keep the TSA security line moving smoothly, make sure you have your ID and boarding pass out. Make sure your pockets are empty, belts, jackets, and shoes are off. You can, of course, skip this part if you have TSA PreCheck.

If you aren’t sure what you can or can’t bring with you, head over to this link.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK OR ACCEPT HELP

At CRW, passenger safety and their experience is our top priority. In order to enhance that experience, CRW has recently implemented the Sunflower Program, a program that helps passengers with hidden disabilities. We offer complimentary sunflower lanyards, pins, or bracelets in baggage claim for passengers to wear, if they have a hidden disability. More information on this program can be found here.

MASKS

While the CDC has lessened their requirements on masks, you will still need to wear your mask at CRW and on your flight.

When flying in the United States, you will still need to wear a mask.

TSA PRE✓® Enrollment Soon to Begin at CRW

TSA PRE✓® Enrollment Soon to Begin at CRW

TSA PRE✓® ENROLLMENT EVENT AT WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT MARCH 7 – 11, 2022

CRW invites you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA Pre✓® application program the week of March 7 – 11. The airport will host a convenient temporary “pop-up” enrollment center.

The application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll directly in TSA Pre✓® – an expedited screening program that 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.

Travelers need only to make an appointment online (appointments are being taken now at https://www.identogo.com/precheck) and complete their enrollment in-person or as a walk-in at the application center. It typically only takes 10 minutes to pre-enroll. After completing the pre-enrollment steps, applicants type in the location “Charleston, WV” and click on the search button to select the enrollment site for CRW.

The enrollment center will be in the ticket lobby and will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 7 to 11.

The application fee is $85 and is good for five years. It must be paid at the time of your appointment by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Fingerprints also are required during the in-person enrollment session.

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT UNVEILS NEW BRANDING

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT UNVEILS NEW BRANDING

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT UNVEILS NEW BRANDING

On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) unveiled its new brand, showcasing our story of transformation while maintaining our roots through our new tagline, “It starts at home.”

In developing the new logo, CRW wanted to balance our history with our vision for aviation in West Virginia. Our new logo acknowledges the Airport’s physical location and our state’s nickname, The Mountain State, as portrayed with imagery in the logo.

While the logo has changed, CRW’s mission to become the state’s most important economic engine has not; that is represented by the curved line touching the mountain and arching into the sky to define a flight path as we make advances in aviation and education.

Even as our name has changed over the years from Kanawha Airport to Yeager Airport to West Virginia International Yeager Airport, CRW, our airport code, will always remain the same. Every detail of who we are is represented, down to the detail of the font used for CRW, visually communicating our forward momentum.

“Our new brand is indicative of the vision we have for CRW’s future as it encompasses our continued commitment to West Virginia,” Airport Director & CEO Nick Keller. “As we accelerate the forward momentum, we realized our brand needed to evolve and match the responsibility we have to become the largest economic engine in the state.”

When designing this logo, CRW contracted with the Vela Agency, knowing they would take on the big challenge with creativity and a thorough understanding of who we are.

Customers will see a completely redesigned look beginning with CRW’s website and social media platforms.

 

CRW Receives $2.1 Million from Infrastructure Bill

CRW Receives $2.1 Million from Infrastructure Bill

YEAGER AIRPORT RECEIVES MILLIONS FROM HISTORIC INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

Yeager Airport will receive $2.1 million in first-year funding from The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funds will come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, that will be awarded to more than 3,000 airports across the United States.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $15 billion for airport-related projects as defined under the existing Airport Improvement Grant and Passenger Facility Charge criteria. This is the first round of funding CRW will receive over five years that could be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit, and roadway projects.

“The funding will go a long way as we invest in projects that will upgrade and modernize our airport. We now have the opportunity to fund projects that will meet our needs for the next 30 to 40 years,” said Airport Director & CEO Nick Keller. “’The funds will also help create jobs for West Virginia and bolster our state’s economy.”

CRW will be able to submit project proposals to the FAA for review in the coming weeks.

“I want to thank Senator Manchin and Senator Capito for their hard work fighting for airport infrastructure improvements” Keller stressed. Our vision at Yeager Airport is to be the biggest economic engine for the State of West Virginia, and this will give us momentum to achieve that goal.”

What You Need to Know for 2021 Thanksgiving Travel

What You Need to Know for 2021 Thanksgiving Travel

A year ago, many of us weren’t traveling for Thanksgiving. COVID-19 cases were still rising, and the vaccine was not available yet. Nevertheless, the travel and leisure industry is still bouncing back, and AAA reports the rebound in air travel alone will be even more significant, up to 80% over 2020.

This year for Thanksgiving, more people are traveling, and if you’re flying, you can expect crowded planes and higher ticket prices. The days of traveling on near-empty planes are gone. As of last week, Thanksgiving flight bookings are 78% higher than last year and 3.2% higher than in 2019.

AAA is predicting that 53 million people will travel by either air, road, or rails this Thanksgiving. In addition, AAA expects the travel volume to rise within 5% of 2019 levels.

Thanksgiving travel kicked off Monday, November 15, and runs through Monday, November 30. The Saturday and Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday are typically the busiest travel days.

If you are traveling soon, you can do a few things to ensure a smooth trip.

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 fairly easy, but it does take a few weeks.

Enrolling is a two-step process. First, you can start the application online by scheduling an appointment at an enrollment center. The appointment takes about 10 minutes. Next, your fingerprints are taken for a background check, and you have to pay $85 for a 5-year membership. Once approved, the renewal process is done online.

RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION AND AIRLINE

COVID regulations vary by state. Before taking off, make sure you have everything you need to comply with your final destination. At CRW, masks are still mandatory inside the terminal, and all of the airlines at CRW require masks while onboard their aircraft. Keep in mind – you are also going through more than one airport while traveling. Checking those airports’ websites is a good idea to ensure you do not run into any surprises while traveling.

FLYING WITH FOOD

Are you the chef in the family? Don’t trust Cousin Eddie to deep fry the turkey? Fair enough. If you are packing up the goods for the big dinner, TSA has compiled 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 follows: if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it, or pour it, pack it in a checked bag.Here is the complete list.

THE USUAL TIPS

During this period, guests choosing to travel will see many of the enhanced health, safety, and sanitation efforts that CRW began rolling out at the beginning of the pandemic. Those measures include:

  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Acrylic barriers at high touch areas
  • New cleaning technology and frequency of cleaning
  • Social distancing markers

To ensure a healthy travel experience, CRW asks all guests to do their part by:

  • Wearing a face mask properly at all times
  • Washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer
  • Maintain social distancing as much as possible
  • Use touchless options and mobile boarding passes
  • Allow ample time at the airport to help avoid crowds
  • Check with your airline for additional guidelines.

The CDC is still recommending that if you aren’t fully vaccinated, you delay travel.

As of November 8, 2021, The White House announced that vaccines would be required for international travelers coming into the United States.

As you start to return to the skies this holiday season, we hope you know that we’re doing everything we can to keep you and your family safe and healthy. For those that are not quite ready to return yet, your friends at CRW will be here when you’re ready. Happy Holidays!