Search is on for a new air carrier in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Last week we told about the North Central West Virginia Airport parting ways with ViaAir after officials say the service was unreliable. Now the search is on for a replacement carrier.

There were high expectations when ViaAir was brought into Bridgeport. But, after a few months service became unreliable and officials at the North Central West Virginia Airport decided to cut ties with the service.

So now they're searching for a replacement. A carrier who will be reliable. And they say talks have already started.

"(The search) has begun. We've got some promising responses. We're hoping to have a replacement airline in here as quick as possible," said Mike Romano of the Benedum Airport Authority. "There's no way to put a definite timeline on that."

Officials want a reliable service. Not only for people who want to take a vacation but for anyone who needs to travel business as well.

"The most important thing is that they meet their obligations," said James Metz, Executive Director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corporation. "The business community will rely on the service to get to meetings and conferences. It makes it extremely difficult and very unprofessional when we can't meet our obligations to be in locations where we've committed to being."

So if a new carrier is brought in, what destinations would you like to see added?

"It would be nice to get a flight to here to New York or Nashville, fun places," said Benjamin Rogers of Marion County.

The board is also writing a letter to ViaAir asking them to stop their services from he airport by May 7th. All flights from Allegiant Airlines will not be impacted.