North Central West Virginia Airport

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North Central West Virginia Airport
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Airport typePublic
OwnerBenedum Airport Authority
ServesClarksburg / Fairmont, West Virginia
LocationBridgeport, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL1,224 ft / 373 m
Coordinates39°17′48″N 080°13′41″W / 39.29667°N 80.22806°W / 39.29667; -80.22806Coordinates: 39°17′48″N 080°13′41″W / 39.29667°N 80.22806°W / 39.29667; -80.22806
CKB is located in West Virginia
Location of airport in West Virginia / United States
CKB is located in the US
CKB (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 7,800 2,377 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations20,142
Based aircraft48
Source: FAA[1] and airport website[2]

North Central West Virginia Airport (IATA: CKB, ICAO: KCKB, FAA LID: CKB) is a joint-use public and military airport located one nautical mile (2 km) northeast of the central business district of Bridgeport, a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, United States.[1] While located in Bridgeport, the airport is primarily associated with Clarksburg, West Virginia. It is owned and operated by the Benedum Airport Authority, serving Harrison and Marion County, and was formerly known as Benedum Airport and Harrison-Marion Regional Airport.[2] The airport is served by one commercial airline with scheduled passenger service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 10,344 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 10,234 enplanements in 2009, and 10,694 in 2010.[4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]


The airport first opened in 1935 as the Tri-County Airport, a joint effort of Harrison, Marion and Taylor County. It was a grass airstrip operated on leased land. In 1937, Marion and Taylor County withdrew from the project. In 1938, Harrison County purchased additional land and expanded the airport. The current airport authority was established in 1960. The runway was extended to a length of 7,000 feet (2,100 m) in 1999.[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

North Central West Virginia Airport covers an area of 434 acres (176 ha) at an elevation of 1,224 feet (373 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 7,800 by 150 feet (2,377 x 46 m). It also has one helipad designated H1 with a concrete surface measuring 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m)[1]

For the 12-month period ending October 31, 2011, the airport had 24,600 aircraft operations, an average of 67 per day: 54% military, 35% general aviation, 10% air taxi, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 80 aircraft based at this airport: 61% single-engine, 20% multi-engine, 4% jet, and 15% military.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from North Central West Virginia
(January 2017 – December 2017)
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 15,020 Allegiant
2 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 4,250 Allegiant
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 1,310 United
4 Washington–Dulles, D.C. 630 United
5 Charlotte, North Carolina 400 ViaAir
6 Baltimore, Maryland 240 ViaAir
7 Beckley, West Virginia 10 Other
7 Lewisburg, West Virginia 10 Other
9 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania <10 Other
9 College Station, Texas <10 Other


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for CKB (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ a b North Central West Virginia Airport, official web site
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Mid Atlantic Aerospace Complex: About the Airport
  7. ^ "Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV: North Central West Virginia (CKB)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved March 16, 2018.

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2005-20736) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Notice (March 22, 2005): of Air Midwest, Inc. of its intent to discontinue scheduled non-subsidized Essential Air Service between Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, effective June 20, 2005.
    • Order 2005-4-19 (April 19, 2005): prohibiting Air Midwest, Inc., from terminating its unsubsidized, scheduled air service at Parkersburg, Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia, beyond the end of its 90-day notice periods, and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing replacement essential air service (EAS) at the communities, with or without subsidy.
    • Order 2005-9-8 (September 9, 2005): selecting RegionsAir, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air Service (EAS) at Parkersburg, Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia for a two-year period and establishing a combined subsidy rate of $1,051,333 per year for service consisting of 18 nonstop round trips each week between Parkersburg and Cincinnati, and 18 round trips to Cincinnati each week over a MGW-CKB-CVG-CKB-MGW routing, with 34-seat Saab 340A aircraft.
    • Order 2007-1-16 (January 25, 2007): selecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Parkersburg, Morgantown, and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia, for two years, beginning when the carrier inaugurates service. Each community will receive 19 weekly round trips to Pittsburgh with 34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft. Service from Parkersburg will be nonstop in each direction. Service from Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont will be served with a Pittsburgh - Morgantown - Clarksburg - Pittsburgh or a Pittsburgh - Clarksburg - Morgantown - Pittsburgh routing. The total combined annual subsidy is $2,421,914.
    • Ninety-Day Notice (March 28, 2008): of intent of Colgan Air Inc. D/B/A United Express to terminate scheduled essential air service at Parkersburg, Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV, effective June 28, 2008.
    • Order 2008-5-37 (May 27, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia, at a total annual subsidy rate of $2,116,650, for the two-year period of June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2010,
    • Order 2010-6-25 (June 29, 2010): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc. to provide essential air service (EAS) at Clarksburg/Fairmont and Morgantown, WV, for a combined annual subsidy of $2,976,438, and at Beckley, WV, for an annual subsidy of $2,313, 457, for the two-year period from August 1, 2010, through July 31, 2012. Also selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc., to provide EAS at Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,642,237, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS through the end of the 24th month thereafter. The total annual subsidy for all four communities is $7,923,132.
    • Order 2012-4-32 (April 30, 2012): selecting Silver Airways to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont ("Clarksburg") and Morgantown, West Virginia, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,968,744 ($2,512,494 for Beckley; $3,456,250 for Clarksburg and Morgantown), for the two-year period beginning when the carrier begins full EAS at all three communities.

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