VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The director of aviation at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport says he is confident that Aerodynamics, Inc. will be able to provide daily, nonstop flights to from the Vienna airport to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, despite recent objections filed by competing airlines.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted ADI a certificate of public convenience and necessity, essentially allowing the company to begin daily flights at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. This came after a 19-month evaluation of ADI’s financial and managerial fitness.
On Friday, SeaPort Airlines, whose owner also owns ADI, filed for bankruptcy protection. After the Department of Transportation issues its final order and the public comment period expired, two creditors of Seaport and a competitor filed objections to the certificate.
Dan Dickten, director of aviation at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, said he questions the motivation of the commenters and said the bankruptcy filing does not involve ADI.
“The Department of Transportation would not have granted daily service to our community if they didn’t feel that ADI could adequately perform that service from Youngstown,” he said.
It is expected that ADI’s Youngstown flights will begin in late April to early May, with plans to work up to three daily round-trip flights, depending on passenger demand, according to the airport.
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport has been working with several partners since December 2013 to reestablish daily air service. It has been without daily service for 14 years.
Dickten says Chicago is the most popular destination for those flying out of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
On average last month, Chicago O’Hare had 938 daily domestic flights to 155 different U.S. cities.