Disrupted service of Via Air flights causing delays

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - During one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, newly added Via Air is experiencing disrupted service, leading to delays, cancellations, and re-scheduled flights at North Central West Virginia Airport.

"We were actually supposed to leave at 4 p.m.," said Gary Lake, a Clarksburg resident, whose flight was moved up to noon Wednesday.

An executive from Via Air told 5 News the airline had a maintenance concern, which has left only one aircraft operating in and out of Clarksburg to hubs like Baltimore.

"We've had some [delays] of several hours that turned into cancellations, which is unfortunate," said Rick Rock, director of the NCWV Airport.

The airline has decided to condense morning and evening flights, moving to a modified schedule with one midday flight out of the airport. Normal operations are not expected to resume until December 5th.

"[I'm] a little uneasy because it's my first time to fly, more so than I was this morning," said Maria Gates, a first-time flyer whose flight was pushed back five hours. She was traveling to her daughter's home in Baltimore Wednesday.

Another woman told 5 News off camera that she was on her way out of the house Tuesday, when a representative from Via Air called her to say her flight had been postponed until Wednesday.

You can see 5 News' extended conversation with Rick Rock above this article.