By EVAN BEVINS
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — A Contour Airlines jet touched down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wednesday morning with a full load of 30 passengers, about evenly split between people who boarded at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport and Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beckley.
It was the first scheduled flight by Contour, the new Essential Air Service provider for the two West Virginia airports, and the start of a relationship officials hope will restore trust — and passenger numbers — at the local airport.
“We are just thrilled that we have what I think’s going to be a great, reliable jet service for the Mid-Ohio Valley,” airport Manager Glen Kelly said. “Hopefully, our flyers will come.”
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