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New Air Service With A Reputable Carrier Is Coming To Beckley

New Air Service With A Reputable Carrier Is Coming To Beckley

This Fall the Raleigh County Memorial Airport is upgrading the way they do business in almost every way. Starting with a broader, more regional, passenger base the airport is looking to serve passengers with a new air service with a reputable air carrier and amplified service to Charlotte, NC. Airport Manager, Tom Cochran says “We modeled our upgraded services to cater to modern travelers that demand reliability, exceptional customer service, and a comfortable air travel experience. We feel that what we’re offering is truly outstanding and reflects a new era of travel in and out of the New River Gorge region.”


Beginning by December 2014, a new airline carrier will be servicing all flights in and out of Raleigh County Memorial Airport. ViaAir travelers to book their tickets online through their website (www.flyviaair.com) or online booking agent as well as through their 24hr service/reservation desk, park for free, check baggage and clear security in minutes and enjoy their air travel. With an industry leading reliability rate of 99% dispatch, ViaAir promises passengers an impressive level of care, attention, and dependability. The new flight schedule to and from Charlotte, NC will include the following departures:


Carrier Days Depart Arrive
ViaAir Monday – Sunday Beckley at 6:55am Charlotte at 8:01am
ViaAir Monday –  Sunday Charlotte at 4:29pm Beckley at 5:35pm
ViaAir Monday –  Friday Beckley at 10:20am Charlotte at 11:26am
ViaAir Monday – Friday Charlotte at 8:40am Beckley at 9:46am

Irit Vizer, President and COO of ViaAir stated, “At ViaAir, we still believe that Air Service is not just a means of transportation. Our experienced team of professionals understands that client satisfaction and community support are critical to the creation of a successful flight operation. We pride ourselves at being more than just transportation; as such we always go above and beyond as proven in our excellent client satisfaction rate”

In addition to increased service to a larger international airport, ViaAir will provide a more comfortable travel experience with four Embraer EMB-120 aircrafts (fastest, lightest, and most economical in it’s class) to provide up to 30 passengers ample room in addition to a sizable baggage compartment. The EMB-120 is ideal for the commuter air service requirements. As an airplane that was built to meet the more demanding requirements of FAR-25 it is safe, reliable and fast. Operated by over 27 operators worldwide and over 5 million flight hours, it has great positive past record (See attachment for aircraft specifications and pictures.

Aside from reliable transportation for residents, ViaAir will soon begin using their parent company Mauiva (pronounced Ma-We-Va), with its significant international distribution power, , to book AirCruise adventure vacations for national and international clientele. Plans are to begin promoting single and multi-day travel packages to an international audience at the beginning of November 2014. Adventure tourism travelers are expected to increase the total number of travelers to Beckley anywhere between 14-15,000 in 2015.

In celebration of these new and improved service options out of Beckley, ViaAir will be offering special introductory rates in addition to their frequent-traveler program incentives. During the first three weeks of service ViaAir transportation to Charlotte, NC will cost $59 each way (plus applicable taxes and fees). The low fares will be accompanied by vouchers redeemable for meals on-board and other ViaAir items. The frequent-traveler program will reward passengers based on number of segments flown, not miles accrued. Travelers will be able to redeem points for anything from food, drinks, merchandise, all the way up to free tickets and AirCruise packages.

ViaAir is also offering special partner programs to local businesses allowing these companies to enjoy special pricing and terms based on their travel needs.

Mauiva’s AirCruises encompass several vacation package options. These options include an All American East Experience, Western Wonders Experience, and a Niagara Day trip AirCruise. Each multi-day AirCruise includes air travel, guides, pre-paid activities, and language flexibility. With many Mauiva travelers being international, tours can be operated in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Dutch, Russian, and Italian.

To celebrate all the excitement and change at the Southern Regional Airport, the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority will be hosting an open house and grand tour of revitalized airport facilities, tours and demonstrations of the new aircraft accommodations, and an introduction to Mauiva AirCruises. This event will be held in May 2015. Chad Wykle, the Executive Director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority articulates that “We see reliable and accessible air service as a crucial building block for the success of businesses in the New River Gorge region. We’re thrilled with the innovative efforts of Tom Cochran, ViaAir, the Southern Regional Airport and embrace the changes they’re bringing to regional travel.”

To make reservations, or for inquiries visit www.flyviaair.com or call
toll-free (800) 565-5042 or local (304) 986-4000

About ViaAir: ViaAir LLC is an indirect Air Carrier operating under DOT Regulation 14 CFR 380 together with its subsidiary, Via Airlines, as the Direct Air Carrier on 30 Pax EMB-120 (“ViaAir”). Via Airlines as the Direct Air Carrier has been providing Air transportation service for over 15 years operating 30 passenger EMB-120. ViaAir is known to have an excellent dispatch rate of over 98%, excellent safety record and client oriented service and support. Via Airlines was founded in 1997 and has grown to become a prominent Air Carrier operating 30 passenger planes while maintaining an excellent safety record and an excellent dispatch rates The company has earned an ARG/US Gold rating and continuously strives and maintains best-in-class safety, quality and customer satisfaction.