Shortage of pilots/crew affecting ability to launch new routes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Pilot and airline crew shortages are impacting airports across the country, including smaller airports in our region.

In a statement on Thursday, officials at Yeager International Airport in West Virginia (CRW) said they were worried about keeping a recent grant they received longer than they wanted.

CRW was one of 25 airports last week to receive a grant from the Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Services Development Program (SCASDP).

According to an airport statement, the grant would help attract service to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) or Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Texas.

“Although CRW currently has no service to either airport, the SCASDP grant will help make this opportunity more attractive to airlines. New services and routes are decided solely by airline network planners” , says a statement from the airport.

Dominque Ranieri, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the airport, issued the following statement: “So, while we have great hopes of being able to start services to IAH or DFW very soon, we still have to take into takes into account all the factors that airlines are facing, including pilot and crew shortages, as well as equipment shortages, so it may be some time before you see these flights available during search for your flight departing from CRW.

According to the airport, it was able to attract service to Orlando International Airport (MCO) on Spirit Airlines with the support of a SCASDP grant. This service began years after receiving the SCASDP grant.

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