Winner Aviation, located at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (YNG) in Ohio, USA, has announced that the airport will now be a gateway airport for general aviation aircraft wishing to fly into Reagan National Airport in Washington DC (DCA).
Winner Aviation applied for status as a DCA gateway airport last year for its general aviation and flight department customers. Corporate flight departments based in other cities must clear a TSA inspection in a gateway city and hire an armed air marshal before landing at DCA in Washington DC. Winner received the authorization to provide its facilities and personnel for the TSA to conduct this screening at YNG.
Only the flight departments who have been approved to fly into DCA can use the service at YNG and Winner Aviation is also now an approved flight department, meaning it will be able to take passengers directly from YNG to DCA.
“We are pleased that we are approved as a DCA gateway airport and we can provide our customers the convenience of flying from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport directly into Reagan National Airport,” said Michael Hillman, director of flight operations at Winner Aviation. “Our customers’ drive time from DCA to the National Mall is now only a matter of minutes rather than an hour or more from surrounding airports.”