Support sought for airport effort

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Convenience is one of the top selling points Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport leaders are using to help get backing from area community leaders to bring in United Airlines.

Airport officials met with Youngstown city officials on Wednesday to talk about possible funding options.Youngstown City Council suggested the airport ask all local townships and municipalities for funding to help pay the remaining $330,000 needed to bring the airlines to the regional airport.

On Tuesday, the Cafaro Foundation announced they are offering a $100,000 grant to help with funding.

Airport Executive Director Dan Dickten said he is optimistic the airport will get the funding to bring United Airlines back to the area.

“They’re very happy with all of the community support we’ve been getting. We’re in the process of trying to get a few more bucks for revenue guarantee that’s going to be required by the airline to establish a profit margin,” Dickten said.

Dickten said if the funding goals are met, it’s very possible United Airlines may have flights leaving the Valley as soon as late this summer.

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