VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna celebrated the upcoming Chicago flights by giving business owners a sneak-peek of what to expect.
The goal of the Chamber of Commerce mixer was to encourage people to take the new flights from Youngstown to Chicago, starting July 1.
The big unveil was how the new airline will be branded. It will be called the Great Lakes Jet Express.
Scott Mason, the owner of Valley Truck Outfitters in North Lima, hadn’t been to the Vienna airport in a while.
“I think the place looks great. I mean, it’s fresh and inviting,” he said.
Everyone at the chamber mixer was given a packet with a picture of the jet that will make the flights and a flight schedule. The flights will be still be operated by Aerodynamics Incorporated.
Cortland Mayor Jim Woofter said his city council has committed money to the project, and he’ll go back to council at the end of July.
“Asking council to approve the contribution to the Youngstown Air Partners…About $5,500.”
Airport Director Dan Dickten spoke briefly, saying all they need now is for people to buy tickets.
“The initial bookings have been a little bit slow. The airline reservation system had a few quirks in the beginning. Most of those are worked out now,” he said.
First News compared the cost of the Great Lakes Jet Express and United for roundtrip flights from Youngstown to Chicago. On the same week in the middle of July, tickets would cost:
- Great Lakes out of Youngstown: $153
- Pittsburgh: $127
- Cleveland: $118
- Akron: $157
A flight leaving on Monday and returning on Tuesday would cost:
- Youngstown: $153
- Pittsburgh: $145
- Cleveland: $117
- Akron: $238