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Northeast Ohio's New Regional Air Service Comes to an Abrupt End

Flight path available from Youngstown-Warren Regonal
Flight path available from Youngstown-Warren Regonal

A month ago, Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport saw daily passenger service return for the first time in nearly two decades. ADI, a specialty airline, had gotten approval to fly to Chicago’s O’Hare International. 

But today, the regional airport owner, theWestern Reserve Port Authority, which had been subsidizing a trial period for the daily service, decided it could no longer do so.

John Moltinero
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John Moltinero

JohnMoltinerois executive director of the authority.

“We all put our best foot forward, and it simply didn’t work out the way would like it to have worked out.  Connectivity to sites and destinations past Chicago became the problem.  The ridership wasn’t there. It wasn’t going back and forth to Chicago; that worked out fine.  It was going past Chicago.”

Moltinerosays the Port Authority still believes the airport can sustain daily service and will keep searching for an approach that works. 

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