Photographs by Mike Miriello ('09M)
Increasing Access

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport has partnered with United Express and SkyWest Airlines to offer daily service to and from Chicago O’Hare and Dulles International airports.

As a result, JMU faculty, staff and students have convenient access to hundreds of United’s destinations in the U.S. and around the world, and alumni, parents and visitors to the university can reach campus more easily than ever.

The regional airport in Weyers Cave is a 20-minute drive from Harrisonburg and offers a hassle-free passenger experience. Travelers can move through the facility quickly, and the airport applies the same federal Transportation Security Administration standards as large metropolitan airports. Parking is free and shuttle service is available for guests of the new Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center.

“It’s reliable service that the community can count on, and that’s reflected in the passenger traffic we’ve seen in the first few months of operation,” says Greg Campbell, executive director of the regional airport. “And as word continues to spread about the availability of the service, how reliable it is, how well timed and connected it is with the two hubs, we look for those numbers to increase throughout the fall and into next year.”

Support from the JMU community is critical, Campbell says, not only to sustain the service, but also to be able to expand the airport’s commercial service offerings over time to include additional carriers. “It will allow our local airport to grow along with the university and to meet the needs of a growing community."

Read more about the new service in the Fall print issue of Madison.

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