Among airport users that could be adversely affected by curtailed tower hours are post-midnight HealthNet medical helicopter flights to hospital helipads in Charleston and two nighttime LabCorp flights that bring regional blood samples to a facility in Charleston for analysis.
Late-night operations also could be affected for private pilots, including the owners of 92 private aircraft based at Yeager, and slightly more than 100 based at South Charleston's Mallory Airport, who now use air traffic controllers based at Yeager.
"It's not New York," Atkinson said, "but this is a fairly complicated air space."
In other business at Wednesday's airport board meeting, members gave preliminary approval to plans by Executive Air, the operator of Yeager's general aviation terminal, to obtain a final design plan for a new eight-space T-hangar, to be built on a paved area now used as tie-down space for private aircraft.
J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T's Mid-Atlantic region, presented a check for $3,000 to help cover the operating costs for Yeager's lounge area for military personnel.
On Saturday, Spirit Airlines will resume its seasonal nonstop service to Myrtle Beach and Delta will resume its twice-daily nonstop service to Detroit.
On Sunday, Delta will inaugurate its mainline service to Atlanta with full-size, 126-passenger Airbus A-319 aircraft.
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