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Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport continues push to attract United Airlines

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VIENNA, Ohio - The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport continues it's push to attract daily services from Youngstown to Chicago.

Officials with regional airport are making their rounds, hoping to drum-up money they believe is needed to strike a deal with United Airlines.

The Cafaro Foundation, has given a $100-thousand grant.

Warren City Council is also considering a donation to help attract the airline and challenge other local governments to do the same.

"Take Warren's lead and join us," said Councilwoman Helen Rucker. "We can get the money that's needed for this airport."

For the deal with United to take off, the airport needs to prove to United it'll be worth their investment because services typically lose money in the beginning.

"They have to cover their losses, so no airline is coming into any airport that hasn't had service like we haven't without a revenue guarantee," said Executive Director of Aviation Daniel Dickten.

So far, the airport has about $1.3 million towards the goal.

But need another $360-thousand.

Airport officials plan to meet with area county officials, as well as Youngstown in the coming days.

"Anything a particular community can afford to donate so they can become part of the process is very much appreciated," said Dickten.

"We'll see what Youngstown City Council can do to help in any way in this effort," said Youngstown Mayor John McNally.

In addition, the airport is asking businesses to fill our a survey gauging whether or not they'd use local flights to Chicago. So far, the survey has had more than 700 responses.

The survey will remain open through the end of the week. The survey can be found on the Youngstown-Warren Regional web site.









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