Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport continues to soar

Rick Karl of Daytona Beach International Airport / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Rick Karl, supervisor of Daytona Beach International Airport, is plessed passenger service is on the rise.

DAYTONA BEACH — Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport rose 7 percent in August compared with the same month last year, airport officials said.

Last month, the publicly-funded airport had 53,518 fliers, up from the 50,047 in August of last year.

“The traffic increase in August reflects an on-going steady and stable operating picture at Daytona Beach International Airport,” Rick Karl, the airport’s director, told Headline Surfer. “Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways reported combined passenger loads of 90 percent in August while offering nearly 5,000 additional seats in the market compared to last August.”

“The traffic increase in August reflects an on-going steady and stable operating picture at Daytona Beach International Airport,” Rick Karl, the airport’s director, told Headline Surfer. “Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways reported combined passenger loads of 90 percent in August while offering nearly 5,000 additional seats in the market compared to last August.”

Karl said the passenger traffic increases are positive factors for generating additional air service.

“The strong load factors with our existing carriers are evidence the market needs additional service," he added. "We are in regular contact with several airlines in our efforts to court new passenger service.”

FAST FACTS: DBIA

Daytona Beach International Airport / Headline SurferDaytona Beach International Airport is county-owned, three miles (5 km) southwest of Daytona Beach, next to the Daytona International Speedway, in Volusia County, FL.
The airport has three runways, a six-gate domestic terminal, and an international terminal. Daytona Beach is the headquarters of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
 
n 1969, Volusia County took over management of the airport from the City of Daytona Beach and renamed it Daytona Beach Regional Airport, before its current name. In the following decades, Embry-Riddle expanded its campus on the northeast side of the field. By the mid-1980s, a midfield control tower had been completed.
 
Daytona Beach has two carriers, Delta Air Lines to Atlanta and New York(LGA) and US Airways to Charlotte. 
 
Delta has mainline MD-88s, DC-9s and 737s year round and 757s for the Spring Break season. US Airways uses regional jets, CRJ-200s to CRJ-900s depending on season. Both airlines upgrade for the Daytona 500 weekend with Delta bringing in B757s and US Airways bringing B737s and A319s.
 
Daytona Beach International Airport covers 1,800 acres (730 ha) and has three asphalt runways: 7L/25R, 10,500 x 150 ft. (3,200 x 46 m), 7R/25L at 3,195 x 100 ft. (974 x 30 m) and 16/34, 6,001 x 150 ft. (1,829 x 46 m).
 
In the year ending April 30, 2010, the Daytona Beach airport had 290,455 aircraft operations, an average of 796 per day: 97% general aviation, 1% scheduled commercial, 2% air taxi and less than 1% military. 231 aircraft are based at this airport: 72% single engine, 16% multi-engine, 11% jet aircraft and 1% helicopters.

Did You Know?

The first flight on the beach was in 1906 by Charles K. Hamilton, using Israel Ludlow's glider. The glider was pulled by an automobile and actually took place in Ormond. He went as high as 150 feet (46 m) on his first try, and 250 feet (76 m) on the second, before crashing into a flagpole and surviving with a bruised knee. 
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