GREENBRIER COUNTY W.Va. (WVDN) – At a recent event held at the Greenbrier Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 28, Director Martha Livesay welcomed Governor Jim Justice, who presented a check in the amount of $5,000,000 for continuing the improvements of the recent runway initiatives. Also in attendance were several key individuals such as West Virginia State Senator Jack Woodrum, Rainelle Mayor, Madam Andrea “Andy” Pendleton, Lewisburg Mayor, Beverly White, the airports’ Board of Directors, local citizens and several news outlets. And of course, Babydog was there to oversee the handling of the giant check.
The recent re-paving of the runway can now proceed with preparations to increase its width from 100 feet to 150 feet. This allows aircraft a better cushion when facing wind shear or turbulent weather while landing, and the extra footage will increase the safety margin. These projects will set the stage for larger aircraft carriers to move into the airports’ current lineup of services, with increasing passenger flow into our valley and improved amenities, which ultimately means healthy competition when it comes to ticket sales, fuel sales, etc.
Fuel sales are the lifeblood of the airport and with an increase in revenue, this gives the airport a new lease on life. New LED lights are also slated to replace the recessed lighting on the runway which will help cut down on the electric bill; all of which prepares the future of the airport for success. The aircraft refuelers are highly trained individuals who also serve as firefighters and will receive the proper yearly training, without interruption. Upgrades to the fire rescue trucks have also been made as well as ordering new snow removal equipment that will clear the runway of snow and ice and a new building to house the large equipment.
The terminal will also get a facelift as it has not seen upgrades in over 60 years. Chairman of the Board Mike Rose, expressed satisfaction about the strides being made to elevate the airport’s appearance and safety measures. Rose said, “The airport will continue to be a key driver in the region’s economics for decades to come.” Additionally, Governor Justice said “The airport is the heart of any city. To facilitate newcomers, boosting tourism to our great resorts, our great rivers, mountains and trails is a win-win. There is much potential in seizing opportunities to solicit major airlines to service The Greenbrier Valley and together we can do it.”
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