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October 3, 2022

FAA to start environmental review of projects at West Virginia Yeager Airport

Projects proposed include the shift and extension of the runway, a parallel taxiway and improvements to the terminal facilities.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to begin the environmental assessment for the expansion and upgradation projects at West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW).

As part of this assessment, FAA will review the airfield, safety and terminal improvements at the airport that were proposed by the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA).

The projects proposed by CWVRAA include the shift and extension of runways 5-23 and the parallel taxiway to boost the runway safety area in order to meet the design standards of FAA.

CWVRAA has also proposed improvements to the terminal facilities.

The upgrades proposed aim to support the existing as well as future aviation demand at West Virginia International Yeager Airport.

FAA will be conducting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as per the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations and its other applicable orders, directives, and guidance.

EIS will assess the possible environmental effects that could arise due to the proposed projects.

As part of this initiative, FAA plans to hold several public meetings on the draft EIS for the projects.

The FAA will host two in-person meetings on 2 and 3 November 2022, in addition to a virtual meeting on 7 November 2022.

The public comment period began on 30 September and will be open until 17 November 2022.

Meanwhile, FAA has restored Malaysia’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating to Category 1 (Cat1).

The move is expected to bolster Malaysia’s position as an aviation hub and increase its network connectivity.

Malaysia Airports managing director Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said: “The reinstatement will enhance global confidence in the quality of our air navigation services.

“From the airport’s perspective, this will help in our marketing efforts to attract more airlines to operate in Malaysia thus increasing the country’s network connectivity and hub potential.”

The reinstatement of IASA rating to Cat 1 was completed after 33 issues raised by the FAA were addressed, theedgemarkets reported.

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