- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Passenger boardings at Yeager Airport were down 4 percent in 2014.

Officials at the Charleston airport blame the decline on severe winter weather last January and February and the water crisis involving a chemical spill that turned the taps off to 300,000 people.

The Charlestown Gazette (https://bit.ly/1CzZlcg) reports that 239,852 passengers boarded commercial aircraft at Yeager in 2014. That’s down from 250,350 passengers in 2013.

United Airlines canceled half of its scheduled flights in and out of Charleston during the first two months of last year. The cancellations were because of inclement weather affecting Yeager or its hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Airport executive director Rick Atkinson said the airport is on track to at least match 2013 boardings.

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