ASHLAND -- When creating a bucket list, people tend to make sure skydiving is on there.
If you are one of those bucket list people, then you are in luck as AerOhio Skydiving plans to move to the Ashland County Airport beginning April 1, 2020.
With the move from Rittman to Ashland County, local officials believe it will provide an increase in business for Ashland and the surrounding areas.
“We should see an increase in traffic especially on the 250 corridor generating more revenue for hotels, restaurants and retail stores,” Ashland County Commissioner Jim Justice said.
According to www.aerohio.com, people should plan to spend about 3 to 5 hours at the facility to skydive. That would put people in Ashland County for most of the day, driving them to eat at local restaurants, fill up at local gas stations, and stay in local hotels.
“They’re talking about purchasing 20,000 gallons of fuel per year so that’s going to be a very good asset for us,” Ashland County airport manager Dennis Baum said.
Jumps take place Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to sunset and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to sunset. AerOhio gives rides almost everyday of the week and can fly three loads of jumpers an hour.
“This type of venue supports the momentum that we are experiencing with Ashland County, making its mark on the map and becoming a destination place,” Justice said. “This will bring new faces to Ashland County and hopefully encourage regular visitors to stay an extra day when they are here for another county event.”
According to its website, AerOhio is the “closest full-time, full-service skydiving center to Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland.”
Baum noted the reason AerOhio chose Ashland County is because it is more of a central location to these bigger cities and it is just off of I-71, making it easy for tourists to find.