CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Yeager Airport and Delta Air Lines have inked a deal to bring daily full-size jet flights back to the airport for the first time since 2001.
The Charleston-to-Atlanta, Ga. flights will start March 2.
A Delta DC-9 aircraft capable of seating 125 passengers will depart Yeager at 7 a.m. each day and will arrive from Atlanta at 8:33 p.m.
The plane features 12 first-class seats — marking the first time Yeager flights have had business class service since U.S. Airways pulled daily flights following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Airport marketing director Brian Belcher said the deal was a major boost to the airport's commercial flight portfolio.
"It's a big deal for us, " Belcher said.
"We're really excited about this because we haven't had DC-9 service since we had U.S. Airways' mainline," he said. "This will be the first daily mainline service we've had since 2001."
Mainline service is one that's operated by a major airline corporation, instead of its regional subsidiaries. Delta subsidiaries currently offer daily flights to Atlanta and Detroit, Mich.
"Delta's never a flown mainline aircraft out of Charleston," he said. "They'll have the only business class cabin — that's really big for us to get that."
Belcher said Atlanta is one of the airport's most popular destinations for business travelers.