Airport officials to approach other airlines

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Officials with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport are moving forward with their plan to attract an airline after United Airlines said no to bringing daily service to the area.

Aviation Director Dan Dickten said he plans to attend the annual JumpStart Conference in Canada this June. The JumpStart Air Service Development Program is an industry wide airport-airline marketing event. Meetings are scheduled with eight airlines, including Delta, American Jet Blue and United.

Despite United Airlines officials confirming there is not a solid business case to establish a hub in the Youngstown market, Dickten said they have a great story to tell and believes the airport has a good case for more service.

“We have a very good business case for service out of Youngstown. United had a $489 million loss for the first quarter of 2014, that is 99 percent of the reason why we are not getting service from United,” he said.

Dickten said that they are continuing their revenue guarantee pledge program so they will be prepared when the next airline offer comes around.

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