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There are three parking options available at Yeager Airport for passengers planning to park on a short-term basis or those looking for a longer stay. All parking options can be paid for by cash or using a credit or debit card. Here is a summary of what’s on offer:
There are two long-term parking garages at Yeager Airport which are located just a short walk from the terminal. They are the first parking lots you will find as you round the top of the hill as you approach the airport.
There is a short-term parking garage located just past the terminal building and again you can reach the terminal building on foot.
The 20 Minute Lot is ideal for collecting or dropping-off passengers. Just across the street from the main terminal it allows 20 minutes free parking.
Yeager Airport (CRW) attends to over 400,000 passengers each year, with an average of over 120 aircraft operations per day from its two runways. Four major airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines offer non-stop flights to nine cities. In terms of land mass CRW Airport covers approximately 775 acres and is home to the McLaughlin Air National Guard Base where several military aircraft are kept onsite. This airport, sitting on a hilltop at around 100 meters above the valleys of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, has been described as fast, efficient and friendly.
Yeager Airport is located just five miles (eight kilometers) east of downtown Charleston, in Kanawha County, West Virginia and its hilltop location gives passengers fantastic views of downtown as they arrive. CRW is conveniently located close to the intersection of three major interstates (I-64, I-77 and I-79), so driving to and from the airport from nearby cities is straight forward.
You can reach downtown Charleston from Yeager Airport by renting a car, or taking a taxi or a hotel shuttle service. The car rental concessions are located in the baggage claim area and the parking lot is right next to the terminal.
If you want to take a taxi the ten minute ride to downtown Charleston, you can catch one next to the rental car lot. They are available from 5am until after the arrival of the last flight of the day and there’s no need to reserve in advance.
For those planning onward travel from Charleston you have the option to catch a train from the Amtrak Station or a bus from the Greyhound Station, both less than a 15 minute drive from Yeager Airport.
Yeager Airport first opened in 1930 as Wertz Field when the City of Charleston, unable to fund the development of a planned airfield, leased the land to a group of businessmen who decided to form West Virginia Airways. The site soon became too small and, with no valley floor in the area deemed suitable, a new site was chosen on a hilltop. The airport project was immense with 360 acres of mountainous land having to be cleared and a special pipeline being laid 4,000 feet to take the 2,500 gallons of diesel needed to operate the equipment. The scale of the venture lead to funding problems which meant the new airport didn’t come into existence until 1947. The following years saw growth, increasing passenger numbers and a renaming in 1985, honoring Brigadier General Chuck Yeager who piloted the first supersonic flight in a Bell X-1. Yeager Airport has since seen further growth and now attends to nearly half a million passengers each year.
If you want to grab a bite to eat, buy a last minute souvenir or have a drink, there’s the chance to do so at Yeager Airport. Though the options aren’t varied, this small airport covers the necessities, with most concessions being located airside.
Should you require special attention for your visit to Yeager Airport it is advised to contact customer services before you visit on +1 (304) 344-8033.
CRW Airport has the following facilities on offer:
If you have an early flight from Yeager Airport or are arriving late at night, there is the possibility to book a hotel and parking package. This means that you can start or finish your trip with a good night’s sleep, have your car safely parked while you are away and remove the hassle of driving to and from the airport. Here are a few of the hotels in the area that offer a park, sleep and fly package:
For a top of the range option book into the Embassy Suites by Hilton. Just a ten minute drive from Yeager Airport you can start your trip with a free made-to-order breakfast before catching the complimentary shuttle service to the airport. If you have time the night before you leave make the most of the indoor pool and fitness center or do a bit of shopping at the Charleston Town Center Mall just a short walk from the hotel.
A ten minute shuttle ride from Yeager Airport you’ll find further top end options such as the Residence Inn and the Hampton Inn. The former offers stunning mountain views and the latter a central location so you can take advantage of what’s on offer in downtown Charleston. With both providing a complimentary breakfast and shuttle service to the airport you can start your journey feeling relaxed and recharged.
If you don’t want to dig too deep into the holiday funds but still want to start your holiday as you mean to go on, then try the Holiday Inn Express Charleston. Relax in the hot tub and ease away any of that pre-travel stress, have a good night’s rest, enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet and hop on the shuttle to take you the 15 minute ride to the airport.
If you know you are going to have time on your hands at Yeager Airport book yourself on to one of their tours. You can choose between seven options that range from a guide of the runway and airfield to passenger screening processes. All tours include a visit to the airport observation area on the second floor of the terminal and last between 15 and 45 minutes.
Try West Virginia’s Italian chain Gino’s Pizzeria and Pub at Yeager Airport for a hearty meal before you set off. Serving home made pizzas and pasta dishes until 9pm it’s the perfect place to go for a bite while you are waiting for your flight.
For those wanting to pick up a last minute gift head to the aptly named Airport Gift Shop. Offering Charleston inspired souvenirs and open from the early hours until 10pm, you can find that perfect gift you are looking for.
Try out the Game Room, located across the aisle from Gate B2, to have fun while waiting for your flight. It’s a fantastic way to help you forget you are in the airport and it even has Ms. Pac-man and Galaga for those who enjoyed gaming as it used to be.
Visit the Observation Area on the second floor to have a look at the incredible views this hilltop airport has to offer. The overhead screens let you know when the planes are arriving and departing so you don’t miss any of the action. As Yeager Airport doesn’t see a large number of planes passing through, it may be worth checking the flight schedule in advance to see if your trip coincides with some takes offs and landings.
Fancy trying a biscuit sandwich from the place that claims to have started the tradition? This is the place to do it. Tudor’s Biscuit World & Family Restaurant is open every day from 5am to 7pm and, apart from the famous biscuit sandwiches, serves lunchtime hamburgers and breakfast platters.
The State Capitol building in Charleston, located in the State Capitol Complex and designed in the Italian Renaissance Style, is one of the most visited sites in the city. With its 300 foot gold dome and immense chandelier it sits majestically above the River Kanawha. If you want to learn about the 333 room building you can book onto one of the tours that run every half hour from Monday to Friday 9am until 12pm and 1pm until 3pm. If not, you can simply stroll around the grounds and admire one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the US.
Charleston has its own island in the center of the city and you can get there in just ten minutes from Yeager Airport. Go for a walk, play beach volleyball or see one of the sporting or movie events. You might even get chance to see the ‘Magic’ of Magic Island as it can slip underwater and disappear depending on the level of the Kanawha River. Open all year-round and close to hotels, shopping and dining areas, it’s a fun place for all the family to unwind.
History buffs will love the West Virginia State Museum which charts the development of West Virginia since prehistoric times. Under three miles (four and a half kilometers) from CRW Airport you can visit the center designed to preserve and present the art, culture, and history of West Virginia. With videos, simulations and even events, it’s an enriching experience for the old and young alike.
The incredible Clay Center houses performing arts, visual arts and sciences all in one location. The 240,000 square feet complex is a sure success if you are looking for fun things to do with the kids close to Yeager Airport. The museum is home to art galleries with permanent and traveling exhibitions, interactive science exhibits and there are even two theaters in the center. To have a look what is taking place during your visit click here.
For outdoor lovers, the Kanawha State Forest is the place to go. You can hike, bike, ski, kayak or camp and it’s just under 11 miles (17.5 kilometers) from Yeager Airport. Popular with families because of its picnic and play areas, it is also a key destination for nature lovers as it boasts incredible birdlife. This 9,300 acre park is the perfect place to stretch your legs, relax and take in the stunning scenery of Charleston.
Head to the oldest community in Charleston, home to the Clay Center for the Arts and the State Capitol, to take in the amazing architecture ranging from Greek Revival to the late Victorian era. If you want a vibrant area with bars and restaurants, this is the place for you. If you are lucky and your trip is in June you can go on the self-guided tour of the 25 gardens that form part of the East End Garden Showcase.
At just four and a half miles (seven kilometers) from CRW Airport, this modern park is a perfect place for a family trip. Not just a nice place to have a picnic, it also has a 2,500 seated 36,000 square foot amphitheater where events are hosted throughout the year, ranging from car shows to cook-offs.
Just next to the State Capitol Building sits the Governor’s Mansion located on the grounds of the Capital Complex. This 30 room mansion is open for guided tours which must be reserved in advance and take place on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am until 11:30am. Be sure to take plenty of time to stroll through the gardens, arguably the most beautiful part of the mansion complex.
CRW has one passenger terminal comprising of three concourses: concourse A, concourse B (the largest of the three) and the most recent (finished in 2001) concourse C. Yeager Airport is easy to navigate and to help here is a list of the airlines that operate from the airport and the gates they depart from:
|Delta Air Lines||B1, A1|
|United Airlines||A5, A7|
Yeager Airport is located in Kanawha County, West Virginia, in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States and you can navigate there using the ZIP code WV 25311. Its location near three major interstates means that it is easy to reach from any direction. From the north take I-77S, from the south I-77N, from the west I-64E to Charleston and then the I-77S, and from the east I-79S and then I-77S. CRW is located off Exit 99 marked ‘State Capitol’. You need to bear right at the end of the exit onto Greenbrier Street where there will be signs taking you the three miles (four point eight kilometers) to the airport.
If you are staying at a hotel in the Charleston area it is worth inquiring if there is a free hotel shuttle service to Yeager Airport, as many hotels offer a complimentary service. There are also private shuttles available, where you have the option to book a private service or a shared service, the latter usually being the more economical option.
If you have flexibility when booking your flights try to avoid early mornings and evenings as these are the busiest periods. Though CRW is small and queuing isn’t usually a problem, if you can it’s a good idea to choose a midday flight just to be on the safe side.
For those dropping-off or picking-up passengers head to the 20 Minute Parking Lot. It’s located just across the street from the passenger terminal and allows you to park for 20 minutes free of charge while you greet or say good-bye to your loved ones.
If you are traveling during inclement weather, use Yeager Airport’s official website by clicking here to check on your flight status. If your flight is delayed it may save you an unnecessary wait in the airport which you will be especially grateful for due to there not being a great deal on offer airside.
At CRW Airport four airlines currently offer non-stop flights to 9 locations. American Airlines provide flights to Charlotte, Washington and Philadelphia, Delta to Atlanta, Spirit Airlines to Myrtle Beach and one-stop flights to Lauderdale and United to Chicago, Houston and Washington.
The airport, as it now exists, was finished in 1947 when the project, designed on an enormous scale due to the location that was chosen on a hilltop, came to a close. The original airport, Wertz Field, was created in 1930 but was left obsolete as it became too small and approaches were blocked by the erection of a government run synthetic rubber plant.
CRW became Yeager Airport in 1985 when it was given the title in honor of the Brigadier General Chuck Yeager. The Brigadier was born in Lincoln Country West Virginia and piloted the world’s first supersonic flight in the Bell X-1 and was arguably one of the greatest military pilots of all time.
Yeager Airport is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week but the airport services are not. If you are planning to be at CRW in the early hours of the morning bear in mind that restaurants, bars and shops all close after the arrival of the last flight and do not open until at least 5am. The only option for food between these times are the vending machines in the baggage claim area.
Yeager Airport is located five miles (eight kilometers) east of downtown Charleston, the capital of the state of West Virginia, which is located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. CRW sits close to the intersection of interstates 64, 77 and 79 which makes it easily accessible from many cities.
The Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority own and operate Yeager Airport. The Authority is made up of 15 board member who are chosen as representatives from Lincoln, Boone, Kanawha, Putnam and Nicholas Counties and the City of Charleston.
There is a Military Lounge available at Yeager Airport and you can find it in the pre-security lobby area of the airport. It is available for military service men and women and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The lounge offers a television, snacks, WiFi and complimentary newspapers.
There is a TSA PreCheck lane at Yeager Airport and, for those who have applied, it means access to an expedited screening program where passengers don’t have to remove shoes, outerwear and belts and can leave their laptop and liquids in their bags. However, it has been noted that security queues in general are usually short for all lanes and TSA PreCheck doesn’t normally result in a far quicker process.
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