Airports are a vital key to our transportation system. From private to commercial and passenger to air cargo, West Virginia's airports play a significant role in the state's economy and the communities they serve.  These airports are also located close to other intermodal forms of transportation, thereby allowing greater access and competitive transportation opportunities to businesses and individuals.

West Virginia remains truly committed to developing and improving airport facilities to ensure that our transportation system meets the current and future air transportation needs and demands.

Aeronautics Commission

The West Virginia Aeronautics Commission (WVAC) fosters and assists in the development of aeronautics in West Virginia and encourages the establishment of airports and air navigation facilities.

Airport Improvement Grant Program

The West Virginia Aeronautics Commission administers a grant program to encourage and support needed capital improvements to the state's public airports. Airports meeting the criteria for Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program funds also qualify for funding from the state program.

Currently, airports that meet the Aeronautics Commission's criteria can qualify for up to half of the local share required to match FAA funds. The grant program is supported by the state tax on aircraft fuel and general revenue funds.

Commission Members

Paul A. Mattox, Jr., P.E.
Cabinet Secretary, WV Department of Transportation
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0440
Phone: 304-558-0444
Fax: 304-558-1004

Eldon J. Haught, Chairman
HC 68, Box 33
Smithville, WV 26178
Telephone: 304-477-3356

Richard S. Wachtel
P.O. Box 1009
Martinsburg, WV 25402
Telephone: 304-263-6586 

 Ben Mallory
102 Mallory Lane
South Charleston, WV 25309
Telephone: 304-768-9536

John W. Woods
P.O. Box 1386
Charleston, WV 25325
Telephone:  304-347-1127


Staff Members

Susan V. Chernenko

Angela D. Talbott
Transportation Systems Analyst

Doreen S. Baria
Executive Secretary


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