North Central West Virginia Airport is Chicago bound

HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - Brook Ambaw and other 40 passengers were the first to board Skywest Airline's non-stop flight from the North Central West Virginia Airport to Chicago's O'hare International Airport on Nov 1.

"It was pretty good," said Ambaw.

The airline, that flies under contract with United, will offer flights to the Windy City and Washington, D.C., seven days a week on a Canada Air regional jet.

"It took us an hour and a half from take off," said Ron Watson, Harrison County Commissioner and President of the Benedum Airport Authority. "I thought this was a very smooth jet ride."

Cheers broke out in the cabin once the plane landed and people gave a thumbs up while walking towards the terminal.

"Let's hope it's a long term relationship and we're excited about it," said Watson.

This new service will allow travelers to take off close from home, without the hassle of having to drive to airports in Pittsburgh or in Charleston.

"It was a great opportunity for our airport and you know marketing, not only for Harrison County but the North Central West Virginia area," said Watson.

Airport officials said this service will also be very convenient.

"If you come to this airport, you will get treated better than any other airport. That's our guarantee," said Rick Rock, Airport Director. "Also, we have free parking, we have people that really want to earn your business. I don't know if that's the case everywhere else. Here we just want to make your travel experience enjoyable."

They also said it will make it easy for anyone to go to a business trip, a weekend getaway or go for a shopping spree to the city.

"It's a beautiful terminal, easy flight," said Rock. "I think our community is going to respond well to it."