WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAP) - 11/26/2019
The manager at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport was told by Contour Airlines Tuesday morning flights for the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend are completely booked.
In fact, business at the airport this year has been so good, it's been a great year for the terminal's restaurant, whose current owners took over early last year.
"Actually, I think it's better in the winter than it is in the summer...I think people are traveling, and sports, and different activities."
More people have boarded airplanes this year than they have in a long time: certainly more than last year, when the previous air carrier regularly had to cancel flights.
Next week, it will be one year since Contour Airlines took over, offering flights to Charlotte.
"Charlotte is actually the third-fastest growing major hub in America," says Glen Kelly, Manager, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. "With all the connections they have-178 daily, 36 overseas-when you look at Columbus, which is a medium hub and Pittsburgh, which is a small hub, you have a lot more options when you go to Charlotte."
Kelly notes Contour's record of completing flights means they're getting to Charlotte on time. That's to make connections to American Airlines flights, thanks to an agreement with Contour finalized this year.
The airport is among the busiest in West Virginia, thanks to both commercial and private aviation.
"We have a lot of good corporate business traffic that comes into our airport," Kelly says. "It's a substantial part of our business."
Contour's current service agreement with the airport lasts two more years.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport has been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to improve the airport’s runway lighting.
The grant is included in $485 million in airport-infrastructure grants to 108 airports in 48 states and two U.S. territories.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the awarding of the grants on Friday.
According to a new release, the Trump Administration has now invested $10.8 billion in safety and infrastructure improvements at more than 2,000 U.S. airports since January 2017.
“The robust economy is enabling more passengers to travel by air so this Administration is investing billions of dollars in America’s airports which will address safer airport operations, fewer airport delays, and greater ease of travel for air travelers,” Chao said.
Officials at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport were not immediately available to comment about how the money will be used.
The Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg also was the only other West Virginia airport to receive a grant. It received $2.3 million to reconstruct taxiway lighting.
A complete listing of grants is available at https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data/media/FY19-AIP-Grants-Announced.pdf