Austintown asked to kick in for airline fund

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The campaign to help lure United Airlines to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport continues its tour around the Mahoning Valley.

Monday, Austintown Township trustees heard from Dan Dickten, director of aviation for the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport.

Dickten laid out potential costs and benefits of United Airlines offering daily service from Youngstown to Chicago and its 130 connecting destinations.

Youngstown Air Partners has put together an incentive package to offer the airline, but it’s about $230,000 short of the goal. Trustees are being asked to contribute.

“$22,000 doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but in this economy it is,” said Austintown Township Trustee Jim Davis. “We are going to look at just what exactly and how it will benefit our community and then make a decision.”

The money wouldn’t be collected until after United decides to come here. If there’s no deal, the money would be returned.

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