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VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - If an airline offers daily service from Youngstown to Chicago, will people buy tickets? That's what Youngstown Regional Airport Aviation Director Dan Dickten wants to know. 

Dickten told the members of the Western Reserve Port Authority on Wednesday that United Airlines is considering providing daily service from the Youngstown Regional Airport to the windy city.

Dickten says that all indications are good for daily service, perhaps as soon as this coming summer. 
The flights would connect through Chicago and passengers could then connect to any destination offered by United.

A meeting was held on March 10 in Chicago with United Airlines representatives to discuss United Express daily service at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Dickten believes United wants to maintain a presence in Northeast Ohio, especially in light of the airline pulling the plug on its hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He says growth in the local economy and shale industry has United interested.

"Our presentation included those numbers, our low unemployment numbers, what's happening here in the valley," Dickten says.

While discussions are focused on providing at least two daily flights to Chicago for at least two years, Dickten says the ultimate goal is to provide three daily flights to accommodate business travelers.

"We'd like to grow that to say three daily flights, a morning, a midday and a late afternoon or evening with the aircraft remaining overnight so it can get your early business travelers out of here," he says.

Dickten says that United wants to see signs that the Valley would support daily flights from here.
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