AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Executives with the Youngstown-Warren Regional airport believe they are finding their niche with passengers even though the airport’s principal carrier is expanding its own footprint in the area.
Members of the Western Reserve Port Authority met Wednesday morning. The port authority says when Allegiant Air started adding new service in Pittsburgh and Akron, the carrier offered cheaper fares to attract customers.
The directors say the extra competition has not caused any long-term problems for the local airport.
“After those promotionals were over, and savings were not there to drive to other airports, our passengers returned. So we’re actually about 4,000 total passengers ahead of where we were at this time last year,” said Dan Dickten, the Director of Aviation.
Dickten says Allegiant account for more than 19,000 passengers coming and going from Youngstown in July, the most the airport has seen in one month’s time since the carrier started offering service in Youngstown.