DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton City Commission approved a multi-million dollar deal to upgrade Dayton International Airport at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Commissioners approved $1.3 million to be spent on upgrades to a new heating and cooling system throughout the airport’s main terminal.
The money given tonight is part of a $130 million improvement plan over the next 10 years to renovate and re-purpose the airport. The current system hasn’t been updated in more than 40 years. The $1.3 million will pay for a company to install a central control system.
The new system will make it possible to operate the entire heating and cooling system through one control center. City of Dayton Aviation Director Terry Slaybaugh says the improvements will save them hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility costs.
“It’s going to offer a much better experience to passengers as they use the airport,” Slaybaugh said. “We will have much better control of the climate. The other thing it’s going to do is dramatically decrease our utility costs.”
Slaybaugh says they’re currently spending $1.2 million on utilities. The new upgrades will bring that cost down as much as 25 percent.