LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WDBJ7) SkyWest announced yesterday that they will daily United Express jet service connecting Chicago and Washington, DC, to the Greenbrier Valley Airport beginning in April.
The airport has had service in the past, but that didn’t connect into a major air system, requiring passengers to recheck their bags in Charlotte.
“This absolutely is a game changer for our region,” says Airport Manager Stephen Snyder.
A regular, daily service by a major carrier to Greenbrier Valley Airport, much more easily connecting for one the Greenbrier Resort.
“I think it’s going to be huge for the Greenbrier and huge for the Greenbrier Valley and the entire area,” Cam Huffman, the Greenbrier's Director of Public Relations.
Via Air previously served the airport with flights to Charlotte.
“Now it will be a seamless process where can be checked all the way through to wherever your ultimate destination is,” Huffman explains.
At the airport, they envision a much broader effect.
“So the Covington, the Clifton Forge market, the Homestead resort traffic," Snyder says. "We’re here – all ships rise on the same tide. We’re here to serve the broader region to bring people here.”
Along with the new flights, airport leaders say they're able to offer another perk you won't find at nearby airports.
“By the time you park at Roanoke, I think it’s an hour and fifteen minutes. And I think it’s seven dollars for parking," says Snyder. "We’re free.”
And with direct flights to Chicago and Washington, they hope to bring more business as well as tourists to their area.
“Our job here, we hope the first time they come to visit on vacation, the second time they’re come to scope out a location for a new business, and hopefully the third time they’re coming back to open up a new business right here in our region,” Snyder says.
You can buy tickets now, but the first flight doesn’t come until April.