FAA begins review of West Virginia’s Yeager International Airport projects

The Federal Civil Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a statement announcing the start of an environmental review of various projects at Yeager Airport in West Virginia. Let’s take a closer look at what projects the FAA is going to evaluate from an environmental perspective


The FAA will conduct an environmental review of various projects at Yeager Airport

The US Federal Aviation Administration – FAA – has announced that it is working on an environmental assessment project for the reconstruction and expansion projects at the West Virginia Yeager Airport (CRW).

The environmental assessment will include aspects such as the airfield, securityand the terminal improvements. They were proposed by the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA), and the Federal Aviation Administration is said to be holding several public meetings on the draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for the projects, three of which are scheduled for early November.

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Renovated West Virginia Airport

The review by the Federal Aviation Administration follows several renovation projects at Yeager Airport, three miles east of Charleston.

West Virginia Yeager Airport (CRW) is owned by the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA); The FAA will environmentally evaluate its retrofit projects. Photo: Federal Aviation Administration

Among the projects, the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA), which owns Yeager Airport, has proposed to modify and expand runway 5-23 and parallel taxiway. The goal is to improve the runway safety area according to the standard developed by the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, the CWVRAA proposed to improve some terminal facilities as well. All designs reflect the structural needs of Yeager Airport and take into account the airport’s current and future forecast demand. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will assess the potential environmental damage that the redevelopment projects may cause to the area surrounding the airport and the local community.

Next steps

Following the announcement, the FAA will hold two meetings to begin environmental assessments of the projects.

The first in-person meeting will be held on November 2, followed by another on November 3 in Charleston; instead, a virtual meeting will take place on November 7. The public discussion is scheduled for the period from September 30 to November 17. If you would like to attend the public review meetings, you can find more information at this link: https://yeagerairporteis.com/get-involved/upcoming-events/.

The FAA also indicated that it conducts environmental reviews based on the National Environmental Policy Act, Board on Environmental Quality regulations, and other relevant FAA orders, directives, and instructions.

About Yeger airport

Yeager Airport serves the city of Charleston, as well as Huntington and southern West Virginia.

Spirit Airlines is the fourth-most frequent major carrier at Yeager Airport and operates the second-busiest route to Orlando (MCO). Photo: Vincenzo Pace I Simple Flying

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), the airline using the most seats at Yeager Airport is PSA Airlines (JIA) with a total of 104,909 in 2022, followed by Endeavor Air (9E) and Spirit Airlines (NK). On the other hand, in terms of frequency, American Airlines ( AA ) ranks first with a total of 1,578 frequencies from CRW in 2022, followed by Delta ( DL ) and United ( UA ). Indeed, PSA Airlines operates mostly AA flights with CRW, and the same is true of Endeavor Air, which operates Delta flights. Most United Airlines flights to CRW are operated by Air Wisconsin (ZW). The busiest destination from Yeager Airport for deployed seats is Atlanta (ATL), operated by Endeavor Air, followed by Orlando (MCO), operated by Spirit, and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) with Air Wisconsin.

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