Yeager Board Approves Budget Cuts

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Yeager Airport in Charleston is using less staff and new technology to cut costs.

Yeager board members approved a plan that to cut the airport's budget by three percent. They are not filling positions when workers quit or retire. They are also not using guards anymore.

New cameras and microwave technology is now being used to protect the airport's gates.

"It automatically dials the police and sets off an alarm if there is an intrusion," Airport Director Rick Atkinson said. "We have cameras that can detect it so you don't have to have someone setting there. You can let technology do it."

The reason for the cuts is a drop in travel. Atkinson says the airport has seen a steep drop in the number of passengers due to the loss of Airtran's Florida flight.

Officials say they are looking for another carrier to bring that flight back to Yeager Airport.

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