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Airport continues to set passenger records

Well, I think the term "Black Hole" can now be revoked!!

July 9, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. suggest removal

Youngstown council sends airport officials to suburbs for funding

Nurse, the airports we do have are shrinking their services. The flying public will need to be served. Bringing United here will create at least 50 full time jobs at the airport alone. Less drive time, less parking fees, less time in the terminal and for the same price as the other airports. No brainer! If a new business was coming to the area they would be offered incentives, tax breaks and infrastructure upgrades. This is no different. Akron-Canton airport used the same funding method for AirTran which is now Southwest. United will only collect from the fund if flights have less than 72% capacity and even they say that will only be in the first few months. They only ask for the money to get to 72% so if that is one ticket, that is it. If they sell over that 72% they don't draw from the funding. Incentive to fly now isn't it? By the way, one last thing. United approached us so they do want to come here.

April 4, 2014 at 1:56 a.m. suggest removal

Airport officials seeking financial support for United flights

Here are some answers to 76Ytown and Thirty:

YNG lost DAILY service 10 years ago due to the airlines deciding YNG was too close to their HUB locations of PIT and CLE. Akron-Canton had AirTran at the time so it wasn't a big deal for them. Now that PIT and CLE have lost their HUB status, YNG is looking more attractive. Load factor is the amount of people on the plane. United has said in order for them to have a profit of 5%, they need to have at least 72% of people on the plane. For a 50 seat aircraft, that is around 36 people. IF and only IF they dip below that number, then they would access the revenue guarantee ONLY to get to that number. If it is one person it is the cost of that ticket. If the flights are above that number, they don't touch the money and after a period of time, usually a year or two, when the passenger numbers are sustained, the guarantee goes away and the airline operates without the guarantee. It is hard to say how long United will keep these fares, but they have to be competitive. Usually the airport and the airline can work out an agreement where they keep the fares low. Keep in mind fuel is the biggest impact on ticket prices.

Thirty, CAK has used this same guarantee to bring AirTran, United and South West, so it is not uncommon for an airline to use this. If your business would be moving into an area, you would be looking for tax incentives, infrastructure improvements and other options to help make your business successful. This guarantee is no different than that. United's prices are based on demand, fuel and fees. Airports like YNG can offer lower fees and with the survey being conducted on demand they will see what they can offer the prices at. They have already said the prices will be around the same as the other three surrounding airports. With that being said, your last question really doesn't make sense. Why spend the gas money, higher parking fees, longer lines and hassle, when you can fly to the same HUB airport CLE now has to fly to in order to get a connecting flight. Same with PIT. I would choose YNG over that every time.

March 31, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. suggest removal

Obama names Youngstown as model for new tech development

There are already at least two companies already producing 3D printers. 3D Sys Corps is producing for the consumer market, and Stratasys is focusing on commercial/industrial applications. Both are publically traded companies. The government is again trying to pick winners and losers...and the taxpayers are guaranteed to be the big losers. Obama needs to stop trying to reinvent the wheel.

February 13, 2013 at 3:34 p.m. suggest removal

Pledges in airport travel bank hit $1.6M

Flick,

I have to refute your claims.

First, the subsidy issue. Akron/Canton used the same subsidies to bring AirTran in and grow their airport to the one you know now. In fact, they still receive some subsides as do many airports around the country. The money is strictly to be used for attracting an airline. Every airport including Cleveland and Pittsburgh, which you and others on here tout, has to offer incentives and breaks to their airlines as well.

Second is your laugh at the companies who have pledged. I don't think you would be laughing if you knew some of the companies who have pledged support for flights into and out of YNG. One company even pledged over $700,000. Don't ask who it could be or who the 55 companies are because companies get a little upset if you give away what their travel budget is. They don't like to tip their competitor’s hand that way.

Travel Banks are not uncommon and are very creditable. Gulfport MS and Elizabethtown KY have airports using a travel bank with pledges.

YNG is not looking to become the next PIT or CLE or even CAK. Those working hard at the airport want to provide service and convenience to the business community and the people who live in the region.

On a side note, by the time the year is out, just over 80,000 passengers will have passed through YNG and is increasing every year for the past 5 years. I hardly would call it a black hole.

October 3, 2012 at 1:24 p.m. suggest removal

Support in region grows for commercial air travel

Great Article! The amount of pledges in the article is a little low. As of today, the total pledges received in just two weeks is nearly $1.4 million! Come out and support your airport during our Open House from 1130 to 1 on Wed. Sept 26th. Hope to see you there!

September 25, 2012 at 11:51 a.m. suggest removal

Righetti criticizes port authority over name change

Vindy,

The name of the airport would change, but the FAA moniker of YNG will not change. The bag tags will continue to say YNG as they have for decades.

January 20, 2012 at 11:01 a.m. suggest removal

UPDATE: State bans injection wells within 5 miles of Youngstown site

Excerps from WKBN on 12/29/2008:

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

A rude awakening ACROSS the Midwest today, after a pre-dawn earthquake rocks Illinois. But all the way into Ohio, residents felt the aftershocks. And it begs the question: Could something like that happen here?

"WE HAVE JUST AS MANY EARTHQUAKES AS CALIFORNIA FOR EXAMPLE."

But Geologist Ann Harris (YSU Geology Professor) says we just can't feel them. Hundreds though are detected here in the Buckeye State.

Harris says Ohio usually experiences quakes that rank about a five on the Richter scale, resulting in very few injuries or damage, much like they felt in the Midwest.

"I WAS LAYING IN BED AND FELT AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN THE ENTIRE HOUSE STARTED TO SHAKE. YOU COULD FEEL IT, THE BED AND EVERYTHING MOVING. IT WAS VERY FORCEFUL."

But officials say a stronger, more damaging one could hit the Valley.

"THERE'S A PREDICTION THAT IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A MAJOR QUAKE IN THIS AREA."

So big, it could be worse than they've ever had in California, mainly because Youngstown sits between two faults. But don't start shaking yet, officials say chances are it won't happen soon. Just remember, earthquakes can rattle both coasts and in between, AT ANY TIME. While it's hard to predict when an earthquake could hit....it's easy to prepare. Ohio does offer earthquake insurance for home owners that's usually relatively cheap.

January 11, 2012 at 4:55 p.m. suggest removal

200 rally in Columbus against hydraulic fracturing

Excerps from WKBN on 12/29/2008:

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

A rude awakening ACROSS the Midwest today, after a pre-dawn earthquake rocks Illinois. But all the way into Ohio, residents felt the aftershocks. And it begs the question: Could something like that happen here?

"WE HAVE JUST AS MANY EARTHQUAKES AS CALIFORNIA FOR EXAMPLE."

But Geologist Ann Harris (YSU Geology Professor) says we just can't feel them. Hundreds though are detected here in the Buckeye State.

Harris says Ohio usually experiences quakes that rank about a five on the Richter scale, resulting in very few injuries or damage, much like they felt in the Midwest.

"I WAS LAYING IN BED AND FELT AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN THE ENTIRE HOUSE STARTED TO SHAKE. YOU COULD FEEL IT, THE BED AND EVERYTHING MOVING. IT WAS VERY FORCEFUL."

But officials say a stronger, more damaging one could hit the Valley.

"THERE'S A PREDICTION THAT IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A MAJOR QUAKE IN THIS AREA."

So big, it could be worse than they've ever had in California, mainly because Youngstown sits between two faults. But don't start shaking yet, officials say chances are it won't happen soon. Just remember, earthquakes can rattle both coasts and in between, AT ANY TIME. While it's hard to predict when an earthquake could hit....it's easy to prepare. Ohio does offer earthquake insurance for home owners that's usually relatively cheap.

January 11, 2012 at 4:50 p.m. suggest removal

Airport survey finds most favor a change of name

Redcent,

Thanks for your input. The airport has set goals and objectives. Passenger numbers are up since 1995. These ideas and plans are reviewed at our meetings and you are always welcome to attend.

Studies have been done where a name change does help an airport attract new business which is why it is being looked into. It is not the only thing that does it, but it is a start. Part of a much bigger plan of economic development.

January 10, 2012 at 2:53 p.m. suggest removal

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