Public forum held in Vienna on local air service needs

Talks have focused around a carrier that will cater to the business traveler rather than one that flies to leisure destinations

VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – A public forum was held in Vienna Tuesday to gauge the needs of local travelers.

Airport officials along with local leaders and travelers interested in local air service gathered at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to discuss the potential for another carrier to provide service once Allegiant Airlines leaves in January.

Talks have focused on a carrier that will cater to the business traveler rather than one that flies to leisure destinations.

One option is a proposal being considered from Southern Airways, which would provide service to the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. metro area. Travelers here weren’t interested in that, however.

“The demand was a little below what we had hoped for. Detroit, obviously, is a business destination with a lot of roots here with the automotive industry so we think that would have solid demand for Detroit,” said Mark Cestari, of Southern Airways.

Southern Airways was founded four years ago and flies 9-seat commuter aircraft. It currently has service between Pittsburgh and smaller communities in western Pennsylvania such as Altoona and Franklin.