Facemire said it would be a hardship for many residents if cities other than Charleston lost commercial air service.
"It would be a real setback for us, with the distance people would have to travel to get to an airport," he said.
• Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Steve Dale said the driving public has adjusted to requirements for the state's Real ID-compliant driver's licenses, after an initial uproar early last year.
"It was a little bit of a rocky start, but the calls have dropped off," he said of complaints about stringent proof-of-identity requirements, including providing a birth certificate, Social Security card and two proofs of residency.
The process is particularly cumbersome for women, who have to provide marriage certificates and/or other documents if they changed their names.
Dale said he believes publicity, as well as a federally approved relaxation of identification requirements for drivers over age 50, reduced the complaints.
"There was a little bit of word-of-mouth going on," he said.
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