FIRST impressions do make a difference, and
a $700,000 renovation of the Executive Air
terminal at Yeager Airport should impress the private aircraft crowd that visits Charleston and West Virginia.
Officials hired a Cincinnati-based architectural firm that specializes in aviation designs, Bascon Inc., for the renovations, which are heavy on native West Virginia hardwood and stone.
Executive Air operates the terminal with a staff of about 35 people. Chief pilot Shawn Westfall said the renovation makes the airport competitive nationally.
"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," he said.
Offering New York City-level service without the New York City hassle should give an edge to Charleston and West Virginia.