<strong>By Peggy Mackenzie<\/strong>\r\n<h1>The Greenbrier Valley Airport is undergoing upgrades to infrastructure, involving 23 separate projects and a few equipment purchases, said Airport Director Stephen Snyder at the Greenbrier County Airport Authority (GCAA) board meeting on Tuesday.<\/h1>\r\nPart of the improvements included approving a bid of $50,350 to completely repaint the entire terminal exterior. The fresh look will complement the new restaurant, Landings, expected to have a \u201csoft\u201d opening later this month, Snyder said.\r\n\r\nBuried amidst the many topics of discussion during the meeting was the anticipated airline service question, which is still unresolved as the Department of Transportation (DOT) awaits the closure of the public comment period before determining whether to award the GVA rebid contract for Essential Air Service (EAS) to Sky West Airlines. Snyder said Via Airlines has determined to not voluntarily step out of their contract until after the public comment period closes.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhat\u2019s the worst case scenario?\u201d asked Greg Furlong, vice president of sales and event services with The Greenbrier, who, along with Chief Operating Officer (COO) Elmer Coppoolse, was in attendance at the meeting. Putting it bluntly, Furlong said, \u201cWhat if the DOT doesn\u2019t force ViaAir out of their contract, what then?\u201d\r\n\r\nSnyder responded, stating that although he couldn\u2019t speak for the DOT, he said, \u201cThey get it.\u201d He said he was confident that DOT understands how critical to economic and tourism development a reliable EAS is for the Greenbrier Valley. The inconsistent air service situation at GVA is supported by documentation from other airports experiencing similar service failures by Via Air, said Snyder.\r\n\r\nSnyder went on to say that when the order to rebid is signed by DOT, SkyWest, under the regional name of United Jet Express, will begin service at GVA within 90 days, with ticket reservation sales to begin within 30 days.\r\n\r\nThe the DOT\u2019s rebid approval, the airport will initiate an ambitious advertising campaign, working with all media and tourism partners, Snyder said, to bring in customers and to make them aware of the far-reaching travel expectations available direct from Greenbrier Valley\u2019s new air service provider.\r\n\r\nIn other business, GCAA Board President Lowell Johnson asked that the members of the newly formed Airport Advisory Committee begin their meetings on a regular monthly schedule so that they can start making their recommendations to the board this fall. The board discussed term limits and subcommittee assignments and approved a staggered initial term of one, two and three years to be followed by three year term limits for the advisory committee. Subcommittee discussions will encompass economic development, tourism and special events and public outreach, Johnson said.