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Passenger count soars at Youngstown-Warren Regional



Published: Fri, August 10, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Jamison Cocklin

jcocklin@vindy.com

Vienna

Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport recorded a 32 percent increase in passengers in July compared with the same time last year.

Overall, the airport had 10,869 passengers last month, its highest count in 20 years. The last time the airport recorded a similar count was in 1992, when 12,357 passengers used the facility.

The increase comes shortly after the Western Reserve Port Authority, which operates the airport, applied for a $780,000 grant with the U.S. Department of Transportation to help it attract daily air service, which it has not had since 2002.

Officials say the sharp increase in passengers should help to attract a daily regional carrier.

“The more passenger volume you have, the more transportation money you can get,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Paul Heltzel. “It’s certainly good news.”

Dan Dickten, director of aviation at the airport, attributed the increase in passengers to expanded and affordable service to points in Florida and South Carolina.

“Flights to Myrtle Beach are up 100 percent this year,” he said. “We also cranked up our flights to Sanford-Orlando.”

Allegiant Air, the airport’s sole carrier, set a record in July, flying nearly 10,000 passengers to those destinations. All told, the carrier sold 93 percent of its available seats for the month.

Although Allegiant earned most of the profits from additional passengers, Dickten said those parking at the airport helped its bottom line.

According to figures provided by Dickten, net revenue from parking in July was $26,154, up significantly from June when the airport earned net revenue of $17,463.

“It’s all relative,” he said. “That’s the only thing we make our money off of, is the parking lot. Allegiant operates at will from this airport.”

Heltzel noted an uptick in passengers will mean more sales tax money for both the county and the port authority.

Since the beginning of the year, 48,251 passengers have used the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, a 6 percent increase from the same time in 2011.

“The impressive increase in passenger traffic clearly demonstrates that a steadily growing number of travelers are choosing YNG over other airports in the region because of our convenience,” Dickten said.


Comments

1Erplane(482 comments)posted 2 years ago

Congrats to Dan Dickten and his staff! The airport has been making slow, steady progress every month, every quarter since Dan has been there. Nothing pie-in-the-sky, but a diligent rebuilding. That is what has been needed there. Thank you Alleigiant for putting your trust in the Mahoning Valley!

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2Ytown20(118 comments)posted 2 years ago

This was previously a nice airport, however I will no longer be using it, along with other airports that have become infested with TSA's (Terrorists Searching Americans) nude body scanners which strip search a person without probable cause that they have committed a crime.

If you refuse to stand like a criminal in a body scanner, then you can opt out and can have a full body frisk, which would be considered sexual in any other place. And once again, is performed without probable cause that a person has committed a crime. We are slowly loosing our treasured liberties. See the 4th amendment.

TSA is merely security theatre, meaning it does nothing to keep us safe, rather it gives us the illusion of providing safety at a tune to $6 billion a year. After all, TSA fails 70% of the time to keep guns and weapons off of planes in tests as per the Government Accountability Office's reports.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Ben Franklin

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3Ytown20(118 comments)posted 2 years ago

Sexual assault*

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4GoPens(397 comments)posted 2 years ago

Oh lighten up Ytown. Hope you enjoy driving then. These are not that big of an intrusions to ensure public safety. Would you rather people just walk onto a plane without being searched? You're nuts

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5GoPens(397 comments)posted 2 years ago

That tin foil hat he wears keeps setting off the machines

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6Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years ago

ytown

Just quit trying to get on a plane with a gun or weapon or whatever your trying to bring on and not suppose to.

So if you get pulled over for a traffic violation you going to complain about that? Maybe you should get a horse and buggy, wait, you might complain about that to.

2.75 billion passengers don't feel there losing their Liberty over a search. You can't be that stupid? Well maybe you can...

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7Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years ago

ytown

Was this you?

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/...

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8southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years ago

Great, bring in more revenue for the city!

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