Daytona Beach passenger traffic up nearly 23% in September compared to year before

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport  increased 22.8 percent for September in comparison with September last year.

During the month, 53,691 passengers flew in or out of the county-operated airport, compared to 43,728 passengers last September.

For the 12 months ending Sept. 30, total passenger traffic at DAB increased 22.8 percent with 622,294 passengers traveling through the facility last year compared to 689,586 passengers this year. This month marks the 11th consecutive month of year-over-year passenger traffic increases, Volusia County officials said.

“Even in a slower travel month like September we saw very positive growth in passenger traffic over last year,” Airport Director Rick Karl said in a prepared statement. “We remain cautiously optimistic heading into 2017, since we
haven’t experienced this type of growth in more than 10 years." 

However, Delta and American have both added capacity over the last six months, and the demand has kept up, Karl said, adding Delta had its strongest load factor of the year at 94 percent.

"These are all very positive indicators for continued growth.” Karl added.

Rich Karl / Headline Surfer“Even in a slower travel month like September we saw very positive growth in passenger traffic over last year,” Airport Director Rick Karl said in a prepared statement. “We remain cautiously optimistic heading into 2017, since we haven’t experienced this type of growth in more than 10 years." 

However, Delta and American have both added capacity over the last six months, and the demand has kept up, Karl said, adding Delta had its strongest load factor of the year at 94 percent.

"These are all very positive indicators for continued growth.” Karl added.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.