Port authority, airline will start mediation

YOUNGSTOWN — Mediation between the Western Reserve Port Authority and Aerodynamics Inc. is scheduled to begin today.

The port authority, which runs the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, is looking to recoup $361,714 the board says it paid the airline, commonly known as ADI, to provide daily passenger flights from the local airport in Vienna to Chicago O’Hare International. The service launched July 1, but was abruptly grounded weeks later.

Earlier this year, the port authority sued the airline, accusing it of fraud and breach of contract.

ADI filed a countersuit demanding $294,221 the Georgia-based airline says it billed the port authority for service, but was never paid.

Both sides agreed to mediation at the court’s recommendation. The case originally started in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, but was moved to U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio.