United Airlines pondering daily service from the Valley

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) — With the loss of its hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, United Airlines is looking at bringing a daily service to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

Western Reserve Port Authority Aviation Director Dan Dickten said he recently met with officials from United who are thinking about providing daily flights to Chicago, where passengers could make connecting flights to other parts of the world.

“Two daily flights and then we would like to grow that. Once it sustains itself, we would like to grow that to three daily flights,” Dickten said.

At this point in the discussion, fares would be relatively the same seen at other airports.

“It appears they would try to keep that fare the same, so if you look at the savings we have here with the cheap parking lot and not having to drive, waste your gas and your time, it could actually be cheaper to fly out of this airport,” he said.

The airport and the Chamber will send out surveys to determine how much local interest there would be for a daily flight. Those surveys should take two to three weeks to get back, and United Airlines will make a decision after that.

Dickten said the surveys are geared more toward business travelers, but also seeks input from frequent leisure travelers.

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport has been without daily service since 2003, but some people said they would love to see it return.

“We would love it, we would definitely love it. It would be a good thing for the whole area and it would make travel so much easier,” said Debbie McNicholas of Girard.

“I love to go to Florida and the Bahamas and wherever and hey if we can go there, we will fly out of here,” said Wayne Stamp of Niles.

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