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February 1, 2013

Boardings down at most airports across West Virginia during 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Airline pullouts contributed to a drop in passenger boardings at West Virginia’s airports last year.

The exception was at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport in Parkersburg, which saw a 5 percent increase in boardings. Manager Terry Moore said the airport didn’t reach a 2012 goal of 8,000 boardings. Instead, it hit 7,800, up 400 from 2011.

“As long as it’s going up, we’re pretty happy,” Moore said.

Boardings were down about 11 percent at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport and at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. Traffic also was down 6 percent at Tri-State Airport near Huntington and about 5 percent at Charleston’s Yeager Airport, The State Journal reported.

Low-cost carrier Colgan Air stopped service in 2012 at airports in Beckley, Bridgeport and Morgantown and was replaced by Silver Airways. AirTran ceased operations at Yeager Airport.

Morgantown airport director Michael Clow said the airport didn’t lose any flight days after Colgan halted service. “It was that perception that we were going to be without service,” Clow said. “People just didn’t fly like they were doing before.”

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