Daytona Beach International Airport passenger traffic up 9%

Passenger traffic up 9% at Daytona International Speedway / Headline Surfer®Small planes use Daytona Beach International Airport / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Large and small planes use Daytona Beach Internatuonal Airport, which has seen passenger service increase by 1 percent in thr past year.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 9 percent during October compared to October of a year ago.

During October, 50,930 incoming and outgoing passengers traveled through the county-operated airport. This compares with 46,704 passengers in October 2012.

And for for the past 12 months, 602,146 travelers have flown in and out of the airport, a 1 percent increase compared to the year.

The airport’s passenger traffic increase in October continues a trend that began in November 2009. During those four years, the airport recorded a passenger traffic increase in 44 of the 48 months, said Stephen Cooke, the airport’s business development director.

Cooke pointed out that during October, the airport’s main carriers – Delta and USAir – reported a combined passenger load factor of 94 percent, a reflection of the increasing demand for air transportation services in the market. Airport officials are continuing their efforts to seek new or expanded air service opportunities for the benefit of the region.

“With the recently approved merger of U.S Airways and American Airlines, this creates a new opportunity for Dallas and Miami service in addition to existing service to Charlotte now offered by U.S Airways,” Cooke told Headline Surfer®. “We’re continuing our discussions with JetBlue Airways concerning potential nonstop service to New York City and I’m optimistic this could move forward in 2014.”

Daytona Beach International Airport, in partnership with Volusia’s three regional tourism authorities, has offered JetBlue a $2.2 million community-based incentive program as an inducement for the air carrier to provide service in Daytona Beach. 

Nothing, however, has been solidified on that front since the offer was made earlier this year.

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. 
 
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