Airport traffic drops for 9th straight month

Traffic at Dayton International Airport on the decline. (WDTN Photo)
Traffic at Dayton International Airport on the decline. (WDTN Photo)

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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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