WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) Contour Airlines has been serving the local area for less than three months. But the carrier already has attracted some frequent fliers.
"We're very happy with Contour so far," said Vienna resident Margaret Gnegy. "The service has been much more consistent."
In fact, taking into account weather-related delays, Contour has a 100% completion rate for its flights from the airport to Charlotte, North Carolina. Its jet aircraft and low introductory fares have also attracted local passengers.
The airport just this week got some very good news. It is now the second-busiest airport in West Virginia. And that was based on numbers it got before Contour Airlines started flying in December.
Takeoffs and landings were up 82% in 2018: a reflection of more oil and gas industry fliers and increased charter traffic.
"The majority of those flights are civilian and military," said Airport Manager Glen Kelly. "But we're also seeing an increase in fuel sales. Those are also good economic indicators for the airport and the community."
And January fliers increased from a year ago. Those numbers point to a good spring and summer travel season.
"I expect, once people know how reliable the service is, and once they ride in this airplane that has business-class legroom in every seat, we're going to see a very good response," Kelly says.
Contour replaced Via Air, which was plagued by mechanical problems and flight cancellations during its two years serving the airport.