Airport authority officials recently worked with officials at Executive Air on a $700,000 renovation to the 2,600-square-foot private flight terminal.
Executive Air and its staff of about 35 employees help manage 10 to 15 private flights - mostly carrying business executives - in and out of the terminal each day.
The renovations were designed to impress business travelers flying into the city for meetings.
The customer service area was remodeled using native West Virginia hardwood and stone. A new customer service counter was installed along with leather couches, flat-screen televisions and expanded and remodeled restrooms.
Workers also built a new conference room and business center encased by glass walls.
In the main passenger terminal, airport officials worked with Better Foods Inc. - owner of the Tudor's Biscuit World and Gino's Pizza chains - to open the new Kanawha Cafe, a private eatery inside the airport's security gates.
While the airport had offered eating and drinking options outside the security gates, food options were sparse once passengers cleared the gates.
Belcher said the decision to open a cafe inside the security gates was driven by customer requests. Passengers find it easier to sit back and relax once they've cleared security.
Since the facility opened in January, Belcher said the reaction from passengers has been overwhelmingly positive.
"I think it's been a great addition to the airport," he said. "We've had many comments in the terminal, and online - on Facebook and Twitter - we've had a ton of positive comments."
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