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People looking to stay warm are likely to turn to air travel this winter.

Geoffrey Millstone, who owns Clarksburg Travel Service, said his business is always busy at this time of the year because customers are looking for a change of climate.

"I expect it [to be busy] every winter because quite frankly, who wants to go to Mexico or Jamaica when it's 115 degrees out and 90 degrees here. They want to come back with a tan," said Millstone.

Millstone added that the deals this time of the year are exceptional, especially to popular destinations such as the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

He typically advises his customers to fly non-stop, so they don't have to worry about delays when switching flights.

Passengers who fly from North Central West Virginia Airport always connect in Washington D.C., which is why Millstone said it makes him nervous to recommend this airport in the wintertime.

Airport director Rick Rock noticed passengers using his airport for leisure declines each winter. He said business in regards to these types of travelers picks up after February.

But, the local airport is still busy with business travelers and sports teams.

Rock said he would like his airport to become the face of West Virginia. He wants people to be aware of the flight options they offer and the convenience the airport provides to local residents.

The airport director said he thinks some major draws to the North Central West Virginia Airport are "short lines, friendly customer service, and parking."