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$780K grant to help lure daily flights to Youngstown-Warren airport



Published: Wed, August 15, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

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By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

VIENNA

The U.S. Department of Transportation, which took away the remaining portion of a $575,000 Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport grant in February, has restored funding with a $780,000 grant.

The money will be used to continue the local airport’s effort to restore daily air service between it and a hub airport in the Midwest or East. The airport’s main service now is to leisure destinations in Florida and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Dan Dickten, the airport’s director of aviation, said he hopes the grant will encourage some of the airlines he’s been courting to commit to starting service.

The money, which the airport must match with about $420,000 in local funds, would be used as a revenue guarantee as funds an airline could use if its service is not self-supporting right away.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, noted that the grant also can be used for marketing and promotional strategies and studies to measure air-service deficiencies.

Dickten said he continues to talk to airlines about daily air service from Youngstown-Warren to Dulles International near Washington, D.C., Chicago O’Hare or Detroit International.

The goal would be to have an airline provide several flights per day to one of those locations to attract business and other types of travelers, Dickten said.

The airport has received a pledge from the nonprofit YNG Air Partners to help raise the matching money for the grant.

In February, the DOT took away the remaining $470,000 from the local airport’s 2007 Small Community Air Service Development Program grant on the grounds that the airport was looking at attracting a different type of aircraft than the airport had hoped to attract in 2007.

Originally the airport was looking toward a 50-to-90-seat regional jet, but it now expects the best results will come from airlines using a prop-jet aircraft that seats fewer than 50 passengers.

The new generation of prop-jet aircraft provides a quieter and smoother ride than ones used a decade ago, Dickten said. Prop-jet aircraft use less fuel than regional jets, making them a good choice for trips from here to Detroit, Chicago or Washington, D.C., Dickten said.


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1AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

If they can get any airline in and fill the plane that would be great. Daily service to Chicago or Detroit would get people many destinations with only one stop.

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2DwightK(1268 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I would use the airport more if they connected to a hub. Driving to Cleveland or Pittsburgh is a pain, especially now that you have to arrive early due to the security nonsense.

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3HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Is there any question as to why the government is broke? Is almost a million dollars wasted on this black hole not enough?

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4southsidedave(4786 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

This is more good news for the region...be more positive.

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5fess2it(30 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

It was easier for me when flights made trips to O'Hare. Presently, I book a room near the Pittsburgh airport, take the shuttle, just so I can catch an early flight. I feel safer leaving my car at YNG than PIT, plus it is only a 20 minute ride home compared to an hour after a 4 hour plane ride and do not even mention the layovers.

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6georgejeanie(848 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

LAST TIME i FLEW INTO AND OUT OF YOUNGSTOWN REGIONAL AIRPORT YOU COULD NOT EVEN BUY A NEWSPAPER PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW IN THE WORLD YOU ARE EVER GOING TO GET AN AIRLINE TO COME IN HERE AND MAKE MONEY. NO WAY. TtHESE GUYS THAT RUN THIS PLACE SHOULD BE LAID OFF AND BE REPLACED BY PEOPLE TO SELL OFF THIS GOVERNMENT RUN BOONDOGGLE T O SOME ONE WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO TURN THIS INTO A PROFIT CENTER.

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7HonestAbe(274 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Flew out of Youngstown on Allegiant last year and it was a great experience. Bring daily service to YNG...and people will come.

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8valleyred(1098 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

To our good friend GeorgeJeanie, I present you with some more facts:

-Allegiant Air has been operating out of the YNG Airport since 2006.

-A SCASD grant, similar to this one, was used to attract Allegiant Air to YNG. It was used for marketing, not as a revenue guarantee. Similarly, a SCASD grant was used to bring AirTran to CAK... Just some proof that this program can work.

-After six years of service at YNG, Allegiant has been making at PROFIT at this airport each year. Allegiant is quick to pull out of unprofitable markets. We are making money for them.

-Allegiant has expanded to offer service to Tampa and Myrtle Beach, in addition to the Orlando flights. There is hope for an additional destination in the near future.

For someone so critical of the airport, it is evident you are blinded of the facts in front of you. 10,869 passengers flew out of YNG in July... the most passengers since June 1992.

Continue to criticize the airport all you want, but things are moving in the right direction at YNG thanks to the work of the Director Dan Dickten.

Thanks for your kind words HonestAbe... That is the case for most passengers flying out of YNG!

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9Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Flew out last year on Allegiant to Florida and back and loved every minute of it. So convenient. Going to fly back down in October and will go via YNG once again.

You idiots that complain about everything, don't you ever get tired of bi@#ing all the time?

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10valleyred(1098 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

To zz3, you question the work of the airport in trying to bring airlines to town. Read this grant and try asking that question again.

Grant: http://www.regulations.gov/#!document...

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11valleyred(1098 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The money is not used until an airline is secured. If YNG cannot get an airline that fits the details of the grant, the Feds keep the money.

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