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Cafaro family gives $100,000 to restore flights to Youngstown airport

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Cafaro Foundation is offering a $100,000 grant to help restore daily commercial air service at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

A news release from the foundation describes the money as a gift to the  YNGAir Partners, the non-profit foundation of the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA), which is currently engaged in discussions with United Airlines to institute regular, daily flights to Chicago, where connecting flights to multiple cities are readily available.

As part of this process, a regular fund needs to be established to provide the airline with a revenue guarantee for the near-term. For that reason, the WRPA is soliciting government and business entities to contribute a total of $450,000 to demonstrate local support for daily commercial air service.

"We hope that this $100,000 gift from our family and our charitable foundation will serve as a catalyst for other contributions", said William A. Cafaro, Co-President of the Cafaro organization. "The many companies in our area collectively spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in airfare annually. The need is there. Why not make the service more convenient than having to drive to flights originating in Cleveland, Akron or Pittsburgh?"

The company's other Co-President, Anthony Cafaro, Jr., says business and even leisure travelers would benefit. "Think of this as an investment in our economic future", he said. "Regular, daily service makes our region so much more accessible and appealing to investors and business executives in other parts of the country."

The Youngstown Warren Regional Airport is hoping to capitalize on United Airlines decision to close it's hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, by picking up some of the flights.

United announced on Tuesday that  is cutting direct flights from Hopkins Airport to Baltimore and Albany, New York in addition to several dozen nonstop flight destinations being eliminated starting this month. A United spokesman blamed the new cuts on regional carrier pilot shortages.

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