Airport survey finds most favor a change of name

Staff report

VIENNA

Northeast Ohio Regional Airport is the name preferred by the largest percentage of respondents to a survey asking what new name they would give to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

The name was preferred by 36 percent of respondents, followed by Mahoning Valley Regional Airport at 10 percent, Ohio-Penn Regional Airport at 7 percent and William H. McKinley Regional Airport at 7 percent.

The survey, conducted in November and December, received 625 responses, and 63 percent said they felt a change in the name was warranted. YNGAir was asked to conduct the survey by the Western Reserve Port Authority, which runs the airport and conducts economic development activities. The survey was conducted in the airport terminal during Allegiant Air and charter flight operations and online at the organization’s web site www.yngairpartners.org.

Nineteen percent of respondents were in favor of keeping the present name, said Doug Kibby, president of YNGAir Partners, a nonprofit group formed to support the idea of daily air service being restored to the local airport.

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