Yeager Airport marks 15-year anniversary of flight to Houston

Officials gather at Yeager Airport for a ceremony to mark the 15-year anniversary of the flight to Houston. (WCHS/WVAH)

Officials gathered for a ceremony at Yeager Airport in Kanawha County Thursday to mark the 15-year anniversary of the airport’s flight to Houston.

“I’m very proud of this airport, and I’m very proud of this flight,” Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said.

Carper said he predicted that with the Mountain State’s rich supply of natural gas, the flight to Houston will continue to grow in importance and be a money maker for the airport and the airlines.

Terry Sayre, the director of the airport, said Yeager has become a force in the region since its first flight 70 years ago this week.

“Yeager Airport not only serves Charleston and Kanawha County, but we also serve the state of West Virginia,” Sayre said. “Yeager Airport is West Virginia’s regional airport.”

Chris Ferro, vice president of economic development for the Charleston Area Alliance, said the map on Yeager’s website that shows its various flights has become a real marketing tool in recruiting businesses.

“We have a true strategic partnership in Yeager Airport and their fine employees, and we thank them for that,” Ferro said.

In January, United Airlines is upgrading its turbo prop aircraft to jets, making Yeager an all jet airport, the airport’s marketing director said.

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