A Guide to Airports in West Virginia

Yeager Airport from above

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For a state that's small enough to fit inside California nearly 10 times, West Virginia has many airports that make flying into the Mountain State a breeze. Not only is this so-called wild and wonderful region home to the picturesque Appalachians and Seneca Rocks, it's also a central connection point for bustling metropolises such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte.

Most people will start their journey from the Yeager Airport in Charleston because of its proximity to the capital city and the inevitably cheaper flight prices. Others may choose a more off-the-beaten-path point of entry, especially if visiting the university or the many attractions dotted along the mountains.

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Yeager Airport (CRW)

Yeager Airport

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  • Location: Charleston
  • Best If: You're looking for cheap flights to the capital city.
  • Avoid If: You're relying on public transportation to travel to more remote areas.
  • Distance from Charleston: Driving to the city center takes about 10 minutes.

West Virginia's biggest airport is, of course, the one nearest to its capital. Yeager Airport, located minutes from downtown Charleston, services 76,000 passengers per year and such major airlines as Delta, American, United, Spirit, and a number of international carriers. Because it's the busiest, it's generally the cheapest, too.

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Huntington Tri-State Airport (HTS)

  • Location: Kenova
  • Best If: Your destination is Huntington or the Tri-State area.
  • Avoid If: You're looking for the cheapest flights or if Charleston is your preferred starting point.
  • Distance from Charleston: Driving to Charleston takes an hour.

Another major city in West Virginia is Huntington, which sits at the borders of both Kentucky and Ohio (hence the name of the Tri-State region). Huntington Tri-State Airport is the gateway to Charleston, Louisville, Cincinnati, and even Columbus.

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Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW)

  • Location: Morgantown
  • Best If: Your destination is West Virginia University or you'll be connecting to another airport.
  • Avoid If: You want to fly into a major airport.
  • Distance from Charleston: Driving to Charleston takes 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Morgantown is home to the West Virginia Mountaineers. The nearby municipal airport is a great option for quick stopovers for sporting events at West Virginia University or other visits to campus. Morgantown Municipal Airport accesses about 1,000 connecting flights to domestic and international locations daily, making it a good liaison to other destinations on your itinerary.

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North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB)

  • Location: Bridgeport
  • Best If: Your destination is north central West Virginia.
  • Avoid If: You're looking for cheap flights and public transportation on the ground.
  • Distance from Charleston: Driving to Charleston takes 2 hours.

Just south of Morgantown, in a more central location, is the small North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport. Although not a major airport, this could make for a great entryway to destinations in the center of the state. There are car rentals at the airport to make up for the lack of public transportation.

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Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB)

  • Location: Lewisburg
  • Best If: You're visiting Snowshoe Mountain Resort, The Greenbrier, or The Homestead.
  • Avoid If: You don't have a flexible schedule or are traveling internationally.
  • Distance from Charleston: Driving to Charleston takes 2 hours.

Wedged between the New River Gorge, the Monongahela National Forest, and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, the Greenbrier Valley Airport is where many travelers fly into for adventures in the mountains (including ski trips at Snowshoe Mountain Resort).

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Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport (KPKB)

  • Location: Parkersburg
  • Best If: Traveling to the Mid-Ohio Valley.
  • Avoid If: Your final destination is a major city or the mountains of West Virginia.
  • Distance from Charleston: Driving to Charleston takes an hour, 20 minutes.

Also known as Wood County Airport or Gill Robb Wilson Field, the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is the nearest travel hub to Marietta and Belpre in Ohio and Williamstown, Parkersburg, and Vienna in West Virginia.

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Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW)

  • Location: Beckley
  • Best If: You're flying in from Charlotte.
  • Avoid If: You're looking for connections to any other destinations.
  • Distance from Charleston: BKW is just 3 miles east of downtown Beckley, but it takes an hour to drive to the Charleston.

Seeing only a few thousand passengers per year, the Raleigh County Memorial Airport is among West Virginia's smallest. It has only one scheduled passenger airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program, but that lone airline is a great option for going to or coming from Charlotte, North Carolina.

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