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Name change for Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport?

Published: Thu, January 19, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.





To accompany the big changes taking place at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, officials are debating a proposal to change its name to Northeast Ohio Regional Airport.

The name was the leading vote-getter in a poll conducted by a volunteer group called YNGAir Partners. 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.

On Wednesday, members of the Western Reserve Port Authority, which runs the airport, had their first discussion of the proposed change.

But the discussion didn’t get very far because first they want to discuss it with the county commissioners in Mahoning and Trumbull counties as well as the mayors in Youngstown and Warren.

Port Authority member Don Hanni III was ready to move forward with the change Wednesday. He asked for a vote on a resolution asking that Dan Dickten, airport aviation director, talk to Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone and any other officials necessary to make the change.

“The consultant we are paying said it will bring more business to the airport, and that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” Hanni said, referring to Tom Reich of Washington, D.C.

Among the steps needed to change the name is for the city of Youngstown to approve a resolution to allow the name change, Hanni noted.

But only Hanni and two others of the eight board members agreed with the resolution.

Chairman Scott Lynn and board member Rick Schiraldi said it’s premature to recommend a name change now. Both said it makes sense to discuss the idea as part of a strategic planning process the board hopes to begin next month.

That process might take only about three months, Lynn said.

Board member James Floyd said the board is “missing the direct input from Mahoning and Trumbull counties,” which provide most of the funding to run the airport through countywide hotel-motel taxes.

The county commissioners make the decisions on whether to provide hotel-motel taxes to the airport and in what quantity.

Floyd said he’d also heard that the mayor of Warren was concerned about taking “Warren” out of the name. Doug Franklin, Warren’s new mayor, did not return a call seeking comment.

The only board member to express his own opinion on the name change was Scott Lewis, who said he was opposed to the suggested change. “I thought we were going to change it to the Youngstown-Warren-Sharon Regional Airport,” Lewis said.

When reached after the meeting, Trumbull County Commissioner Paul Heltzel said he disagrees with taking the names of Warren and Youngstown out and replacing it with “Northeast Ohio” because that doesn’t tell someone where the airport is located.

“Where is Northeast Ohio or Western Reserve? I like it just fine the way it is,” Heltzel said.

Heltzel noted that Reich provided the airport with research indicating several airports saw an increase in business after changing a name, but he thinks there were probably other things going that also affected business.

As for the comment Dickten and Reich have made about the airport’s image being tarnished because people associate the current name with loss of daily air service in 2003, Heltzel cites the example of General Motors.

“When you hear the name General Motors, you think of the company that went bankrupt. But now you hear it’s about to become the biggest carmaker in the world again.”

Likewise, Heltzel said he doesn’t think the loss of service in 2003 matters to people today. More important to them are positive changes being made, such as installing restrooms in the secure area of the airport terminal for a better airport experience.

The airport sold bonds in December to raise $3.7 million to make other improvements at the airport over the next year, such as an expanded baggage-claim system, improvements to curbs, facade, heating and cooling and parking lot, plus replaced waiting-area seating and a new boarding bridge.

Fees charged to airline passengers called Passenger Facility Charges will pay back the money being used for the improvements.

Trumbull Commissioner Dan Polivka said he likes the current name but added, “If they’ve done some research and feel it would be better for advertising, I’d be willing to sit down and talk to them.”

Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti said he credits Dickten with doing “just an incredible job” of running the airport, and part of that is “doing what we can to market the airport.”

Regarding the new name, he said, “Maybe this is something we should do. We are bringing a lot of people there [into the airport]. I may have to support it.” He said he had no problem with the name “Northeast Ohio Regional Airport,” but he would like to look more at the survey that was conducted.

Commissioner John McNally IV said airport officials discussed the idea of changing the name with him months ago, and he’d like to talk it over with them again before anything is finalized.

“I don’t think anyone is seriously opposed to the idea,” McNally said. “I’d like to hear what other names they’re thinking about. I’m not wedding to any particular name, including Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.”

Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone said he has talked with several people about changing the name since the idea came up last summer, and they all say the same thing: “What difference does it make what its name is?”


1block50(128 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

All this for a name change? Fix the place up. Bring it up to ,say, 1980's standards. The facility is so crummy it's scary.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Who needs this airport with great airports of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Akron-Canton so close by? Waste of time and money.

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3northsideperson(366 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

It doesn't matter what color lipstick you put on a pig. Perhaps auction naming rights to cover the improvements?

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4NoBS(2758 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

First, suefull, what do unions have to do with this story? Keep your hate to yourself!

Second, I agree with those who expressed their amazement at the amount of rhetoric and kerfuffle over something as trivial as a name-change for a minor, regional airport. Who cares if they call it "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" ?? I'm sure glad those board members don't have anything important to decide!

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5RFederer(116 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

More waste of taxpayer dollars so suefull doesn't have to be inconvenienced. Who cares what they call it? What do they have, 2 commercial flights a week? Close it down and spend the money where it's needed instead of keeping this white elephant open.

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6commyliberal(94 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

SO how much is it going to cost to change the name? It would help to know the specifics. Is it a few thousand dollars or $20,000?

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7Miki(99 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Hanni will do anything to get his name in the paper! Can you say political appointment?

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8legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Call it the JIm Winner Memorial airport. It's a blackhole anyway, eh Verb?

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9valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

As the article states, the airport recently issued a bond that contains funding for new signage, etc. at the airport. A large portion of the bond will be payed by PFC charges which all commercial airports receive off of passenger tickets.

Anyhow, I support the name Northeast Ohio Regional Airport. It broadens our target market to reach out towards Ashtabula and westward to the eastern portion of Cleveland and Akron. A large portion of our passenger base comes from OUTSIDE of Youngstown and Warren. It is a smart marketing move to show we are an airport that supports the entire Northeastern Ohio passenger base.

Just look at Southwest Florida International Airport. Instead of it being called Fort Myers International, they chose Southwest Florida to include Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, and down south to Marco Island.

Re-branding when the airport has had its best year since 1999 is a smart move.

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10walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Agree with valleyred and the name change. This is a good marketing move. The next move to make is to offer the parking areas to any of the major carriers that would agree to establish commercial service here again. This way, parking could be included in the price of the air ticket, especially for long term. This would allow potential customers to shave a large bill off of a vacation.

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11Owlguin(50 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Waste of time and money. They would be better advised to close the passenger service at YNG and spend the money focusing on a fast and convenient rail system to PIT.

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12VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Dan Dickten and Tom Reich agenda: "enroute" to prosperity.

Identify a name. Give the name 'a face'!
Branding of a company proves key to success. It doesn't cling to the "old" ways that worked in the past, it creates/establishes a refreshing approach. Re-inventing, re-modeling, re-branding and innovations stimulate; Perks interests, creates employment, economical boosts. A strong logo is visually expressed for the audience; then advertisements for media, consumers, etc. Branding / Logo are marketing strategy tools that businesses use all the time. Studies upon studies reveal prosperity. The business industry changes constantly with facelifts, names, merging, plus (+) trademarks, image equals (=) loyalty.
"Change" is a GOOD THING!

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13JoeFromHubbard(1768 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

call it "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"

What the foxtrot ?

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14AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe some of the comments in this article. Paul Heltzel really? You don't know where Northeast Ohio is? Hey Paul, more people in this country know where Northeast Ohio is compared to the City of Warren Ohio.

Pepsi Cola has changed their logo and slogan numerous times. So has Coca Cola. Many, many companies change names, slogans, looks all the time. Why? To keep up with compitition, to progress, and develop for future profits.

Many improvements have already taken place at the airport. And it is an on going process. Go take a look for yourselves. I know the airport has improved over the last three years. I've seen it many times. Today is the best the terminal has been for many years.

Oh by the way, Mickee's restaurant has great all you can eat fish on Friday's. Wings on Wednesday's are awesome, along with the areas best fries. Dollar burger night is really good also.

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15valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

To the naysayers that call the airport, the "Black Hole", please take a look at these photos and tell me again that this airport is a black hole:




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16VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago


Excellent Photographs from your websites above!

Exactly, the naysayers should venture out of their little cocoons, nest, or shells and experience the airport...perhaps a "reasonable" Mickee's Rest. drink and dinner, MD-80 flights to sunny Florida's St. Pete or Orlando, Myrtle Beach, or Lucky Junkets Vision Charter Flight to Gulfport/Biloxi ....(but their rationale and negative attitude keep them complaining since the 80's) This is 2012...the naysayers truly don't know what's out there to appreciate and expel good stored energy with bitterness.

Again, Excellent Photos!

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