CMHtraveler wrote:Here’s an article with a rather odd interview with the new Executive Director at YNG:
http://www.wfmj.com/story/40334695/futu ... al-airport
“The destination is very, very important,” John Moliterno said, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority. “We could get flights fairly easily right now from some of the smaller airlines, but they need to be to someplace where our people are going to want to go."
1. What “smaller airlines” is he referring to?
2. I appreciate the desire to be discerning, but is YNG really in a position to say no to anyone at this point? I mean what do they have to lose? The worst possible outcome is that a route doesn’t work and they’re back to the current situation. If they could really get service “fairly easily”, what’s stopping them?
My guess is they are referring to someone like Elite or Via, and the “fairly easily” part is they would entertain YNG if a bit of money was thrown their way and the airport gave their services away to them for free. But those sorts of carriers tend to fly RJ’s in oddball markets with a choppy schedule and (often) iffy reliability. Three days per week to someplace like Fort Collins or St Augustine is not what they are looking for.
How this could be worse than no service at all is that it will most likely fail and the airport will have wasted money on them. And perhaps just as troublesome is that it further brand Youngstown as a failed market in the minds of airline planners.