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 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
September 26, 2003

ODOT Supports Airport Improvements

(COLUMBUS) Several improvements to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport will be made possible through a recently-approved grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Ohio Department of Transportation. A total of $889,000 will help the airport improve security, install runway lighting, and purchase snow removal equipment.

"This funding will provide important support to a facility that is central to revitalizing economic activity in Ohio's Mahoning Valley," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor.

The first of three projects supported by the grant will be used to increase security around the perimeter of the airport by replacing the fence surrounding the airport operations area and adding lighting and intrusion detection devices. Another project will survey the approach to the main runway. The remaining portion of the grant will be used to purchase a snow removal equipment including a front end loader, snow plows, and hydraulic systems.
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport plays a vital role in the area economy. Annually, the airport averages approximately 94,000 take offs and landings from sources including charter airlines, private, corporate and military aircraft. Airline charter flights account for approximately 12,000 passengers annually.

The airport is home to the Youngstown Reserve Station that is home to 16 Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft and approximately 1,500 military and civilian employees. The reserve base alone brings $86 million annually to the local economy.

"Any time the airport makes improvements, we at the 910th Airlift Wing usually get a direct benefit," said Brig. Gen. Michael F. Gjede, Commder of the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station. "In this case, we absolutely benefit from all three potential projects. This is a great day for the airport, the 910th Airlift Wing and the Valley."

The Port Authority rents space for 34 local private and corporate aircraft and services hundreds of transient corporate aircraft annually, which use the airport to pick-up or drop-off business travelers. The Regional Airport also accommodates periodic on-demand charter air cargo serving local businesses including GM Lordstown and Delphi Packard.