Airport traffic drops for 9th straight month

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – After months of de-icing, delayed flights, and stranded passengers Dayton International Airport is ready to shake the winter blues.

Travelers like Jay Anderson are too. “Luckily, I’ve missed most of the storms that come through especially this year, so doing pretty good,” he said.

The airport has seen nine consecutive months of declining traffic and airport officials said the unprecedented weather is partly to blame.

“We were a little surprised to have to deal with this kind of weather in Dayton, it obviously wasn’t our normal winter,” said Terry Slaybaugh, Director of Aviation for the City of Dayton.

New numbers released on Tuesday show that there was a 12% drop in airport traffic when comparing January 2013 to January 2014.

Slaybaugh said a big part of that is the 183 canceled flights caused by snow storms and subzero temperatures.

However, weather likely wasn’t the only factor.

Frontier Airlines was still operating out of Dayton International. The company left in April, accounting for a loss of about 3,000 passengers each month.

One of the many challenges Slaybaugh says the airport will have to overcome.

“We’re going to have our wins this year in some areas of service, but i think overall it’s going to be a tough year for airports our size in getting service.”

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