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Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport holds open house

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VIENNA, Ohio - Youngstown Air Partners with support from the Western Reserve Port Authority and the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a hope house at the airport in Vienna.

Business leaders and people in the community were given a tour pointing out upgrades such as the new passenger boarding bridges.

The open house was held to coincide with a campaign to entice an airline to bring daily service to the airport. There are discussions with three airlines underway.

The director of the airport, Dan Dickton, said he is in discussions with three airlines and they are focusing on gaining passenger service to Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, or Detroit.

Dickton says with flights to any of the three airports someone can get to the Valley and almost anywhere in the U.S. with one connection.

Tom Reich, a consultant for the airport, said an effort is also underway to build a travel bank where businesses pledge support in terms of estimated dollars they would spend local air service.

He says the goal is to have five million dollars in pledges. Reich says the airport is at about 1.5 million dollars in the first few weeks of starting the travel bank. The web site for interested businesses is yngtravelbank.com/travelbank.

Jason Fink, the keynote speaker and Executive Vice President of the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania, talked about his community's growth and the necessity of air passenger service due to the shale industry.

Fink says in his market they've seen growth across the board in terms of commercial, industrial, residential, retail and all sectors have seen growth due to the shale industry.

Fink said wages have also gone up in non-shale jobs due to competition for workers.

Fink added having passenger service gives communities an advantage if a company is looking to put an office in that region.

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