Huntington Tri-State Airport prepares for President Trump's rally

Tri-State Airport prepares for President Trump's rally. (WCHS/WVAH)

President Donald Trump will be in West Virginia Friday, marking this his eighth visit to the Mountain State.

This time, the president is making his way to Huntington Tri-State Airport to hold a "Make America Great Again" rally.

"We've been working closely with the Secret Service and West Virginia State Police to prepare the airport and make sure everything's secure for his arrival," Airport Chief of Police Mike Wentz said.

Wentz said everything will be shut down and secured by the airport police, State Police and local law enforcement agencies.

The rally begins at 4 p.m. on the tarmac at Tri-State Airport.

"Our flights are all on schedule so we're kind of hoping it stays that way," Ashley Draper, airport administrative assistant, said.

Anyone flying out or coming to pick up passengers will have to pass through a checkpoint and show their ticket at the bottom of the airport hill, Draper said.

"It should be pretty normal since he's not leaving the airport," Draper said. "All the roads should be fine and there should be no shut downs."

Officials said one American Airlines flight to Charlotte might have a slight delay, but other than that, it's business as usual.

"There's four remote locations and so they're going to have 15 charter buses," Draper said. "They will also have some set up for anybody with a disability."

If you want to attend the rally, shuttles will start running at 10 a.m. at Ceredo Plaza, Camden Park, and ResCare HomeCare Barboursville location.

"It's just going to keep rotating and then it will be also that way to get them off of the hill after the rally they'll take them back to the parking lot," Draper said.

Officials said local law enforcement will deal with any protesters on private property.

"There's not going to be any protesters on airport property," Wentz said.

Their number one concern is making sure the safety of their passengers and the public.

"We're looking forward to a wonderful event and everyone should feel safe while they're here," Wentz said.

The gate for the rally will open at 1 p.m. when Airport Road will be shut down and will not reopen until President Trump leaves the property.


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