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Flights up at airport

Enplanements second highest since 2007

March 5, 2008
By Jolene Craig, Special to The Times
WILLIAMSTOWN— The Wood County Airport Authority discussed the February numbers for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Tuesday morning.

“The enplanements are surprisingly good,” said airport manager Terry Moore.

The preliminary numbers for February were 524, up from 154 in February 2007.

Moore said the enplanement numbers are the second highest for the airport since November 2007 when enplanements reached 556.

The enplanement numbers are up even with six flights canceled by Colgan Air Inc., the current carrier with service with the airport under the United Express banner, Moore said.

The flights were canceled because of weather and mechanical problems as well as no de-icing fluid because the airline did not pay bills to the airport, Moore said. The airline has since provided de-icing fluid as payment.

“The airport is hardly out of the hole, but it’s a lot better,” Moore said.

Moore also presented board members Blair Couch, Virgil Flinn and Bill Richardson with tentative plans for a FedEx Ground facility in the industrial park on land currently leased by Joe Martin.

The facility has the potential for 40 semi truck bays and employment for 20 to 30 people as well as warehouse storage.

Martin is currently working with FedEx on the project and is expected to go before the airport board concerning the sub lease on the property, Moore said.

“This is informational only and no action will be taken until more is known and Joe Martin comes to us for approval,” Moore said.

The board also discussed the weekend stop by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at the airport.

The presidential hopeful landed at the MOV Airport Saturday night and was greeted by nearly 100 people who he shook hands and took photos with, Moore said.

The West Virginia State Police, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and the Secret Service worked with Moore and the airport staff to make the landing and surprise meet-and-greet run smoothly, Couch said.

“I feel very privileged to have (presidential) candidates come here,” Moore said. “We are very glad to have the resources in the valley to accommodate these people.”
 
 
 

 

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