YNGAir Partners Seeks Funds, Volunteers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – YNGAir Partners, a community group formed to support the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, is seeking financial and volunteer support with the upcoming launch of daily service.

YNGAir Partners was organized in 2011 and has a strong membership base, but since helping to secure daily service by Aerodynamics Inc. – which will operate as Great Lakes Jet Express locally – the group is looking to build that base further.

“Community support for the airport and the new airline are key to the success of our airport and our region,” said Bill Ohlin, vice president of YNGAir Partners. “The job is not over just because ADI is providing daily flights. There is much more to do before the flights begin and we need members to help,” he said.

Great Lakes will begin daily service Friday to Chicago O’Hare International Airport from the Vienna Township airport.

To raise money to support its activities, YNGAir is selling banners that will hang on poles in the airport parking lot and along the road leading from state Route 193 to the terminal. The 2’-by-4’ banners are $150 for banners inside the lot and $300 for those along the access road and near the terminal.

The vinyl banners can showcase a business or organization’s logo, address, website and other contact information. “For the amount of daily traffic generated on airport property, the banners are a bargain for any company’s advertising budget,” Dennis Gartland, YNGAir Partners president, said.

The airport is anticipating passenger traffic to exceed 180,000 by the end of 2016 and exceed 230,000 by 2018.

YNGAir Partners memberships are $25.

The funds raise help cover marketing, administrative and other expenses for the organization, Gartland said.

With Friday’s launch of the new service, YNGAir Partners also is seeking volunteer ambassadors to help passengers.

“We are looking for volunteers who are energetic and knowledgeable of our region, who will greet and assist passengers who may not be familiar with our airport and region,” said Gail Stark, chairwoman of the YNGAir Ambassador program. All volunteers will be given an ambassador shirt to be easily recognized by passengers as a person who can provide assistance

Volunteers would direct passengers to appropriate airport personnel or answer questions on specific requested information about the Youngstown, Warren and Sharon areas. “We welcome anyone who works well with the public and has an outgoing friendly personality. They should also expect to represent the airport, our region and our organization in a positive and knowledgeable manner,” Stark said.

For information about the banner campaign or membership, email membership@yngairpartners.org, and for information about or to volunteer for the ambassador program, email YNGAirBassador@yngairpartners.org. Information also is available by calling 330-856-1537.

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