Youngstown airport gets tentative approval for daily Chicago service


VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – Daily flight service to Chicago from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport is closer to becoming a reality.

Aviation Director Dan Dickten said the United States Department of Transportation announced Monday they are recommending approval for Aerodynamics to operate daily flight service through SeaPort Airlines between the Vienna airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Dickten said there is a 14-day period where the public can offer input to the USDOT on the new service, followed by a two-week response period. After that, the agency is expected to offer final approval.

“The USDOT has officially proven that this airline is fit, safe and capable of sustaining this service, and it is a good value for the community,” Dickten said.

Pending approval, the daily passenger flights could begin as soon as March or April 2016, Dickten said.

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport has been without daily commercial service since 2002.

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