CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s busiest airport says it broke a record for boardings in May.

Paige Withrow

West Virginia International Yeager Airport said it had 19,606 enplanements last month.

“We’re very excited to see the growth in our passenger traffic at CRW,” airport spokesperson Paige Withrow said Wednesday.

Yeager also reports there were a total of 38,735 travelers at the airport last month which is a 21% increase from May 2023. It was also one of the busiest months since pre-pandemic 2019.

The May numbers were boosted by Breeze Airways beginning seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach and Tampa. Breeze also offers three flights a week to Orlando.

Air travel is up nationwide. TSA said it screened a record numbers of passengers Tuesday. Withrow said that also helps the numbers in Charleston.

“All airports are super busy right now which we love to see,” Withrow said.

Also Wednesday, the airport board took additional steps toward applying for federal month to finance a terminal renovation project. According to airport officials the improvements will include three new mainline gates, a new security checkpoint, updated concessions, a new baggage belt, and restroom renovations that will meet ADA requirements.

The airport put a controversial runway extension project on hold earlier this year and opted to pursue federal funding for the terminal renovations instead.

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