Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on December 26, 2012 @ 6:20PM
Created on December 26, 2012 @ 5:15PM
Just two months ago it seemed like the North Central West Virginia Airport probably wasn't going to have enough passengers this year to be eligible for $1,000,000 in improvement funding. Although it looked slim, airport officials believe the airport actually did over come the obstacle.
Interim Airport Director Rick Rock said they've unofficially passed the 10,001 passenger mark. He said the Oklahoma game, which brought in 3 planes, and the Choppers for Charity events really boosted enplanement numbers.
The funds could be used towards a couple of the projects in the 20 year master plan update. One is widening the taxi ways and ramp areas. Another is extending the secure holding area, so more passengers can fit.
"Airlines that we go after, they're increasing the capacity of their planes which shows the need of increased holding areas. Some of them are going up to 177 passengers. Those types of projects. So, you know, safety is always at the top of the list," said Rock.
Preliminary results on the enplanement numbers will be released in July and they'll be confirmed in October.
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