COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Federal Aviation Administration recommended maintaining current air traffic control operations at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, according to State Rep. John Boccieri, who applauded the decision.
The federal agency had considered realigning the Valley aviation facility’s control operations with those in Cleveland or Pittsburgh but concluded that such a change would not be cost effective.
“I strongly support the FAA’s preliminary decision to maintain local traffic control operations at our regional airport,” said Boccieri, a commercial pilot and Squadron Commander at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. “With both civilian and military operations co-located at YNG, I believe it is critical to keep our local air traffic control tower operational. From a military standpoint, the type of training we conduct at YNG is supported by FAA air traffic controllers, and maintaining the current level of support is extremely important.”
The FAA released its report this week as part of an annual evaluation to reduce operational costs in air traffic control facilities.
This year’s report analyzed Erie, Akron-Canton, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Youngstown, with Youngstown’s facilities being one of two facilities recommended to sustain operations. The others were recommended for realignment with other nearby towers.
The report is available online for public comment until July 22.