The North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB) is a public airport owned and operated by the Benedum Airport Authority. Located in Bridgeport, West Virginia the airport proudly serves the communities of Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Weston, and the surrounding region. The airport is currently served by two commercial airlines, with one carrier subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. It encompasses approximately 665 acres and is home to the longest commercial service runway in West Virginia at 7,800 feet. With a full ILS to Runway 21 and an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Index B, the airport is fully capable of handling any and all aviation needs.
The North Central West Virginia Airport is conveniently situated in the middle of the I-79 High Tech Corridor, providing easy access between Charleston, WV, Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA. With daily flights to Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) and weekly flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on ViaAir coupled with less than daily opportunities to Orlando/Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) on Allegiant, passenger numbers continue to grow.
An economic impact study completed in 2014 found the Airport generates a total annual economic impact of $1.05 billion dollars, creates over 3,400 jobs directly and indirectly, and brings nearly 3,000 annual visitors a year to the region. The Airport is also credited for generating $23 million in state and local tax revenue as well as $42 million in federal tax revenues on an annual basis. Tourism also benefits from the Airport to the tune of an estimated $1.5 million dollars. That is how much visitors to the region contribute to the economy annually by utilizing lodging establishments, dining out and participating in recreational events.