CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Officials at Charleston's Yeager Airport are hoping to give visitors a big-city airport feel in the heart of Appalachia.
In the last year, officials have unveiled many amenities designed to improve guest service and give visitors a welcoming first impression to the state.
While the airport located just north of Charleston may not be the size of bigger city airports, officials say they want to make sure they have the full range of services those airports have to offer.
"Nationally, we're probably considered a small to medium-sized airport, but we want to have big-airport amenities," said Brian Belcher, Yeager's director of marketing.
"We're the largest airport in West Virginia, and we want the customers to feel like we're on par with everyone else around the country - and we try to be better, if at all possible," he said.
In December, airport officials announced a new deal with Delta Air Lines to bring daily full-size jet service back to the airport.
The Delta DC-9 daily flights between Charleston and Atlanta, Ga., will carry 125 passengers with 12 of those seats first class.
The mainline service will be the first time Yeager has had a flight offering first-class seats since U.S. Airways discontinued its mainline service following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Because Atlanta is an international flight hub, that will help domestic and international travelers fly first class to and from West Virginia
"If you're a business person or just have the money and want to fly first class from Charleston to Atlanta or even Charleston to Paris, you can now do that first class there and back," Belcher said.
"Now you can get it all the way, which means a lot, because when we had a first-class cabin before it was very popular with people," he said. "U.S. Airways had a ton of people who used it, and we're happy to have it back."
The flights, which begin March 2, aren't the only improvement designed to cater to business travelers.