Vienna airport reports banner month

VIENNA – More passengers flew in and out of the Youngstown-Warren Regional airport last month than any month since June 1992, according to numbers released Thursday by the airport.

During June, 12,357 passengers flew in and out of the airport, 99 more than the last passenger record set in June 1992. The airport is on pace to transport some 85,000 passengers this year, most on regular Allegiant Airlines flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Orlando and St. Pete-Clearwater, Fla.

Airport Director of Aviation Dan Dickten attributed the rising count to passengers increasingly traveling from Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh to take advantage of the Allegiant flights. There also was an increase in casino charter traffic operated by Republic Airlines and other “junkets” to Atlantic City, Tunica and Gulfport, he said.

Dickten also noted that the airport continues to negotiate for daily connecting service.

“We have more and more meaningful dialogue with network airlines for destinations such as Chicago-O’Hare, Washington-Dulles, Detroit Metro-Wayne County, and / or Dallas-Fort Worth. The Airport is also expecting additional leisure destinations and increased frequency from Allegiant,” he said.