Breaking: Regulators Give ADI Go-Ahead for Flights

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted final approval to Aerodynamics Inc. to begin scheduled paseenger service, clearing the way for it to begin selling tickets for its Chicago-to-Youngstown daily service

Catherine O’Toole of DOT’s Office of Aviation Fitness, said the department had reviewed the information ADI submitted this week and last month and found it “satisfactory,” according to an email to legal counsel for the airline.

O’Toole said to consider the email confirmation of DOT granting “oral [e]ffective authority” as of today. “We will follow up with a formal effective order,” she said.

Dan Dickten, director of aviation at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, congratulated Mickey Bowman, ADI’s chief operating officer, and thanked him for his “persistence and dedication to bringing daily air service to your community.” Dickten’s remarks were contained in an email circulated to reporters at noontime, which also contained today’s communications between ADI and DOT.

“All I can say is “Thank God!” Bowman said in the email informing Dickten of the approval. “I would like to sincerely thank you for all of your support and belief in the fact that we would EVENTUALLY get this done.”

Responding with congratulatory emails shortly were  Ron Klingle, chairman of the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors, and Sarah Boyarko, senior vice president, economic development, for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber.

“Fantastic!!!” Klingle exclaimed in the response to Dickten. “Again, great job!”

“Awesome news, Dan. Great way to start the weekend,” Boyarko said.

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