Mid-Ohio Valley Airport mostly quiet during Thanksgiving travel weekend

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va-(WTAP) A record number of people are headed out of town for the holiday weekend-on the road and in the air.

But those looking to fly locally-at least on a commercial airline-are out of luck.

There are no commercial flights in or out of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport this weekend.

That's because Via Airways announced earlier this month it was cancelling its local and incoming flights for the remainder of its contract for service to the area.

Contour Airways is scheduled to begin service December 5th-in time for the Christmas travel rush.

Airport Manager Glen Kelly is relieved Via made its decision two weeks in advance of the holiday travel weekend.

"My concern was for the passengers who were flying for the holidays," Kelly said. "If you were going to wait until the last minute, you're going to have a chance to make other arrangements for their holiday travel."

But Kelly adds overall airport operations remain normal.

He says Wood County is the third busiest in the state because of private, non-commercial air travel.