"That would make us less competitive and less attractive to airlines," he said. "It's important for the board to consider all other avenues to accommodate our shortfall.
"We recognize how vital it is for the airport to stay competitive and active. We have to maintain profitability."
The board will cut expenses wherever it can, Hill said.
It also decided Wednesday not to purchase a $30,000 truck.
Despite the budget struggles, the board is moving forward with a proposal to help fund a $7 million to $9 million bridge over the Elk River from U.S. 119 near Mink Shoals to Coonskin Park.
The bridge must be built to keep the West Virginia Air National Guard base at Yeager Airport open, said retired Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett, an airport authority board member.
There needs to be a secure entrance to the armory and air base, Tackett has said previously. Coonskin Park's only entrance currently is just past the Guard facilities.
While the airport authority board could never use its general fund to pay for the bridge construction because of Federal Aviation Administration restrictions, it could use other funds, such as those generated by parking garage revenue, Atkinson said.
Tackett hopes the bridge construction can be financed jointly by the airport authority, the National Guard, the Kanawha County Commission and the City of Charleston.
The authority board will take a final vote on its budget June 27.
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