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PORT CLINTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
is the first week that travelers can catch international flights in and out of
the Erie-Ottawa County Airport. The once-regional airport on East State Road in
Port Clinton is expanding.
say on any given day, hundreds of tourists fly in and out of the area, and now
finding a flight just got easier.
are just beginning to explode," said Dick Johnson, a board member for the
airport. "In the wintertime, there's a lot of ice fishermen who come here and
go to the islands for the winter and fish. In the summertime, of course, this
is the Walleye capital of the world."
until now, tourists had to fly through larger, more expensive airports before
making it to their final stop.
their destination was Port Clinton, they'd have to go to Cleveland or Toledo to
come here," Johnson said. "Now they can come directly into here, and that was
Flying Service is relocating from Sandusky to Port Clinton. Airport leaders say
their facility is more equipped to handle the size of big jets and it was in
need of customs operations.
more flyers coming into the area, it could mean more business for nearby
Liberty Aviation Museum and the Tin Goose Diner inside it. That's what leaders
are looking forward to.
in the summer, there's only a limited number of things that you can do here
that don't involve being outside or in the water, so this is another attraction
for people to come with their family and friends," said Edward Patrick, Jr.,
CEO of the museum.
majority of international flights to the airport are expected to come from