VIENNA TWP., Ohio - The Director of Aviation for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport released a statement on Tuesday expressing confidence in the ability of Aerodynamics Incorporated to provide daily, nonstop flights to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, despite recent objections filed with the Department of Transportation.
The statement from Dan Dickten comes after an air carrier complained that SeaPort Airlines, which has the same owner as ADI, failed to pay one of the carriers for flights it had picked up for SeaPort.
An aircraft leasing company also filed an objection, claiming SeaPort failed to make December and January payments for aircraft used by the airliner.
Earlier this week, SeaPort filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Aerodynamics Inc. claims it is an entirely different company than Seaport, although both are owned by John Beardsley and his wife Janet.
The Department of Transportation recently granted ADI a certificate to offer the daily round-trip service between Youngstown and Chicago.
ADI says the objections to the certificate are attempts to resolve business disputes and has nothing to do with the airline's fitness to provide the flight service.
“These comments are inspired by self-interest, not the public interest, and must be looked at with extreme skepticism,” says Dickten.
Dickten says he expects that ADI’s Youngstown flights will begin in late April to early May, with plans to work up to three daily round-trip flights depending on passenger demand.