Among the participating units, 14-15 extra aircraft will be present in the area, Ryan said. Aircraft models include the Lockheed C-5, Lockheed C-130 and the Fairchild Republic A-10.
Board members also discussed American Airlines' new service from Charleston to Dallas/Fort Worth, and the future of American and U.S. Airways at Yeager Airport in light of those airlines' possible merger.
Board member Priscilla Haden said that the new flight is proving to be popular, and has been frequently full.
"This is a really good thing for Yeager to have," Haden said, in light of WVU's involvement in the Big XII Conference and the National Boy Scout Jamboree.
American and U.S. Airways together fly to three destinations from Yeager, and are seeking federal regulatory approval for the merger. Part of the issue is that at Washington-Reagan National Airport, which U.S. Airways currently serves from Charleston, such a merger would result in the proposed airline having a 50 percent market share.
Reagan National is an airport that only has a limited amount of slots for flights each day, and the federal government could force a merged American Airlines to allocate some of its slots to other airlines, thereby putting the Charleston flight in jeopardy.
Yeager Airport Director Rick Atkinson provided written testimony to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, and Sen. Joe Manchin penned a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Assistant U.S. Attorney General William Baer in support of the current arrangement at Reagan National.
The regulatory process is ongoing.
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