Airline starts direct flights to NYC

air travel declines

DAYTON (WDTN) – New flights began taking off from the Dayton International Airport following an airlines merger.

American Airlines started three non-stop flights daily from Dayton to New York’s LaGuardia airport. This comes after American merged with US Airways in December.

Aviation Director Terry Slaybaugh said the new direct flights will have a direct impact on airport foot traffic, which has been on the decline in recent months.

He said American each of the three flights will be on 50-seat regional jets. That means up to 150 additional passengers could be making the trip to Dayton International Airport every day.

Slaybaugh called it a significant opportunity for the airport.  “It’s always great to get seats to a business market,” he said. “I think as you look around the country this year, small airports, airports our size, are going to be struggling to get service and to get seats. Anytime we can get 150 seats a day to a major business market, that’s good for the Miami Valley and the Dayton region.”

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