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Yeager to get jet service to Atlanta in March

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Starting next year, Yeager Airport will have daily jet service.

Beginning March 2, Delta Airlines will offer flights on a 120-seat DC-9 jet on a morning departure to Atlanta, the airport announced.

"We're very excited to see another large jet start using the airport here," Yeager spokesman Brian Belcher said.

This will be the first daily full-size jet service to Yeager since 2001, when US Airways stopped flying a jet to Pittsburgh.

Airlines started cutting capacity after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Belcher said. The industry cut capacity even more during a fuel crisis, and the recession also negatively affected airlines, Belcher said.

Now that spending is under control, Belcher said he thinks more airlines will follow Delta in adding capacity.

Yeager is not paying any extra money for the jet service, Belcher said.

"Our Atlanta route on Delta is pretty strong, and they've noticed," he said. "[Delta] is taking a leap of faith into the market. They're confident they can fill it.

"Hopefully the business travelers will see it's a great product and they'll want to fly it."

The flight will leave Charleston at 7 a.m. and return from Atlanta at 8:33 p.m.

The jet has a first-class cabin, economy comfort seating and Wi-Fi, according to the airport.

Delta also will continue to fly three more weekday flights to Atlanta and two weekday flights to Detroit on 50-seat regional jets.

Reach Lori Kersey at lori.kersey@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.


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