CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Yeager Airport's governing board is looking into the long-term business impact of the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River.
"There were a lot of things that happened," Rick Atkinson, airport director, said. "We don't have the total cost impact yet."
Under orders from the Kanawha County Health Department, the airport's restaurant, café and lounge were closed for five days.
Those establishments are now back to business. The restaurant is using bottled water to make coffee, offering bottled soft drinks and using ice made without tap water.
All water fountains throughout the airport are open but have bottled water stations beside them.
Airport chairman Edison Hill wants to put notices beside the water fountains.
"People flying in would otherwise have no idea (about the chemical spill and contaminated water)," Hill said.
Atkinson added even rental cars couldn't be washed for days.
All flight crews except American Airlines stay overnight in Charleston between late night and early morning flights.
"They weren't going to stay in Charleston, which would have meant they wouldn't have all the early flights," Atkinson said.
Instead, flight crews stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Barboursville. Atkinson said only a few United flights were canceled because the airline chose to defer flights to Yeager and perform maintenance on its aircrafts.
Once the airport has a full understanding of the cost impact, it hopes FEMA funds will be available to recoup some of the losses.