There are some very pointed facts that are being uncovered in this story and another which I will now provide. It is what I call the story behind the story.
For starters from the Tribune Article:
If you take a closer look at the Tribune article what is the very first word: Stung
Why did the YNG Administration wait to be "stung" by the news that a company (RTI International Metals, Inc.) that wanted to function in the area would require an airport with air service. What does that tell the local flyers about the motivation by the YNG Administration to provide such a service if a company doesn't require it?
"Thomas Petrarca, a port authority board member, said the airport never can expect to approach the success of the Akron-Canton Airport unless it abandons the excuse that it can't afford to be proactive. It has to sell itself to the public and to the airlines, he said."
What a concept: Sell yourself to the public and to the airlines. What does that require? Communication. No evidence can be found by local interested parties of any communication between the airport and the surrounding public.
This article also seems to state that a positive approach should be on the table. I believe that a First Class Airport Presentation to select airlines needs to be prepared and is clearly in order. Other regional airports have done this with notable results.
The other article: The Vindy
Airport Officials Mull Marketing Director
Now from this report comes their own admission:
"We've been negligent in not marketing the airport," said Don Hanni Jr., a board member since the end of 2005."
"When he asked Bowser whether anyone had specifically asked RTI about its airline needs in recent years, Bowser said no"
Why does a community keep these guys at the helm? The local flyers deserve effort for their tax dollars.
"Taylor said the Akron-Canton Airport was successful in attracting airlines by talking directly to companies and getting commitments from them on the amount of air travel they would use locally if it was available."
I am always reading about other airports that apply common sense creativity and put it into action. FNT, RFD, and now CAK seem to be capable of moving forward in the 21st century even in a similar georgraphical situation.
The population of the Youngstown-Warren area should be livid in reaction to this damaging information.
"He said he has been waiting for months for the Federal Aviation Administration to report which airports have been chosen to receive Small Community Air Service Development grants."
They are banking the entire future of the airport on a SCASD. What is their backup plan for immediate execution if the SCASD proposal fails? Waiting and hoping is hardly a component of determination to move forward with positive results.
Fedex was looking for a spot in this area for a new Ground Operation during this past year. The Ground Operation building would not require being near an airport but at the very least the airport could have made an offer to them which might have provided some additional revenue. Even if Fedex said no at least the YNG administation could have provided the appearance of functioning.