VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) — It has been nearly three weeks since the Regional Chamber sent out surveys to the community to see if there is enough interest to convince United Airlines to return daily service to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
The surveys are now complete, and information contained in them will be cleaned up, put into a report and sent to United Airlines in the next week or so for their review. Director of Aviation Dan Dickten said what he has seen in the surveys so far looks good and he hopes the airline agrees.
“Our air service deployment consultant seemed very happy with the amount of response we did get. The answers to the airline survey questions were very positive,” Dickten said.
Even though the surveys are done, there is still a lot more work that needs to be complete for daily service to return and part of that is raising enough pledge donations in startup money.
Dennis Gartland, president of the YNG Air Partners, said they are getting closer to their goal but a lot more is needed.
“They are actually going to get that money back. We have the airlines in here, it saves them dollars, gets their employees to the destination they need to get to,” Gartland said.
The Cafaro Co. already has pledged $100,000 and the city of Warren added its own contribution on Wednesday. Warren City Council approved a resolution that supports up to $30,000 to the YNG Air Partners initiative.
Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said the commitment made by city council shows United the area’s commitment to bring them to the airport.
Dickten said United officials have expressed to him that they are happy with the community support so far.
If United Airlines moves to the Valley, it would provide daily flights to Chicago from the Youngstown-Regional Airport.