State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today responded to Allegiant airline's recent announcement that the company is pulling out of the Youngstown airport.


"As a former Board Member of the Port Authority, I'm extremely disappointed in Allegiant's decision to leave the Youngstown market," said Boccieri. "The Port waived landing fees, provided unprecedented access to terminal facilities and the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport still remains as the lowest overhead cost."


Allegiant claims a lower demand from the Youngstown market, but Boccieri indicated that passenger counts, according to Port Authority data, were really high until the company began cutting routes and opening gates at larger airports like Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Akron-Canton.


"This area 'pioneered' the market for Allegiant when it first started as a low cost destination Airline and helped them claim a substantial market share," said Boccieri. "I guess this sad news is how the chapter closes."


Boccieri claims Port Authority revenues may be challenged with this pull out. The Youngstown-area lawmaker introduced and passed into law legislation in Ohio permitting Port-Authorities co-located with military installations to use a portion of the bed-tax revenue for operations. 


"They might have to tighten belts a little at the airport, and I am concerned regarding whether the airport can keep the lights on in the tower, keep the runways plowed and the instrument landing system operational with the potential loss of revenue," continued Boccieri. "We'll all need to redouble our efforts to market this airport as the great asset it truly is for our community."


The Air Force Reserve Base is a tenant at the Youngstown airport and is not responsible for airport management. The Air Force Reserve Base is Mahoning Valley's third largest employer.


Rep. Boccieri is an Air Force Reserve Pilot at the Youngstown Air Reserve Base and a commercial pilot for a major airline.

 
 
 
  
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