Executive Air chief pilot Shawn Westfall has flown in and out of Yeager since 2003, and said the project is a significant step forward for the airport.
"Now I'd say we're more on a national level," Westfall said.
"So far as decor and modernizations, we're on the same level as Teterboro, N.J., which handles most of the private and commercial traffic coming out of New York City, and Washington, D.C.," he said.
Executive Air leases the facility from Yeager Aiport. Atkinson said a portion of the lease payment goes to a fund for building improvements.
The airport authority used those funds in combination with a loan from Summit Community Bank to finance the project.
"I think it's great the airport authority has put up the funds to keep us competing with the rest of the industry," Westfall said.
Executive Air workers provide a host of services to travelers, including refueling, de-icing, housing planes in hangars, and even washing clients' planes.
Westfall said a lot private aircraft coming into and out of Yeager Airport served business executives, law firm staff and doctors.
"I'd say about 70 percent of traffic is business or corporate, the rest is pleasure," he said. "You've got a lot of doctors and lawyers who use their aircraft for business but also use it to travel to vacation homes."
Westfall said the airport is also a popular stop for Canadian travelers on their way to vacations in Florida. They will often use the stop as an opportunity to clear U.S. Customs procedures and refuel planes.
Westfall said travelers will be impressed by the changes.
"It's a major improvement," he said.
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