Boccieri Supports FAA Recommendation To Maintain Current Operations At Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport
Federal report says keeping local air traffic control tower operational more cost effective than realignment

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today applauded initial recommendations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to sustain and maintain current air traffic control operations at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (YNG). The federal agency had considered realigning the Valley aviation facility’s control operations with those in Cleveland or Pittsburgh, but concluded that such a change would not be cost effective. 

“I strongly support the FAA’s preliminary decision to maintain local traffic control operations at our regional airport,” said Boccieri, a commercial pilot and Squadron Commander at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. “With both civilian and military operations co-located at YNG, I believe it is critical to keep our local air traffic control tower operational. From a military standpoint, the type of training we conduct at YNG is supported by FAA air traffic controllers, and maintaining the current level of support is extremely important.” 

The National Facilities Realignment and Consolidation Report Part 2 released this week is a part of an annual evaluation that a FAA working group conducts as a part of its obligations under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The purpose of the collaborative workgroup is to support the transition to NextGen Air Traffic Management System and reduce operational costs in air traffic control facilities. By gathering stakeholder input and assessing various realignment scenarios, the workgroup estimates the costs and benefits of potential realignments. 

This year’s report analyzed five total facilities: Erie, Akron-Canton, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Youngstown. YNG was one of two facilities recommended to sustain operations. The other three – Erie, Akron-Canton and Grand Rapids – were recommended for realignment with other nearby towers.

 The report is available online on the Federal Register for public comment until July 22. 

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