LEAVING DAYTON: 5 questions answered about Southwest Airlines

DALLAS - MARCH 12: Southwest Airlines planes take off from the airline’s hub at Dallas Love Field Airport March 12, 2008, in Dallas, Texas. Southwest Airlines said it has grounded about 40 of its jets to inspect for possible damage after admitting they missed safety inspections. (Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

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DALLAS - MARCH 12: Southwest Airlines planes take off from the airline’s hub at Dallas Love Field Airport March 12, 2008, in Dallas, Texas. Southwest Airlines said it has grounded about 40 of its jets to inspect for possible damage after admitting they missed safety inspections. (Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

Southwest Airlines is pulling services out of Dayton International Airport, a company spokesman told this news outlet. Here’s what you need to know about the discount airline’s departure from the city.

1. WHY IS SOUTHWEST LEAVING DAYTON?

“Unfortunately the trend has meant smaller to medium-size markets including Dayton have been losing routes,” said Terrence Slaybaugh, Dayton’s Director of Aviation. “Although we hate to lose any airline service, especially one that the community has been very supportive of, we realize the volatility of the industry and the current trend of airlines to focus on hubs.”

2. HOW MANY FLIGHTS DID SOUTHWEST OPERATE AT THE DAYTON AIRPORT?

Currently, the airline operates three daily departures to and from Chicago. The company will continue operating flights until June 3. The airline is expected to announce services are coming to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to WCPO.

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3. WHAT OTHER OPTIONS DO PASSENGERS HAVE AT DAYTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT?

Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta and United offer services at the Dayton airport. Frontier Airlines previously had a presence at the airport, and then discontinued services in May 2013. Low-discount airline Allegiant only offers flights to five cities in Florida.

4. HOW LONG HAS SOUTHWEST OFFERED SERVICES AT DAYTON AIRPORT?

Southwest originally started offering services to Dayton in August 2012 with one, daily round-trip flight to Denver. Then, Southwest had three daily non-stop destinations to Baltimore, Denver and Orlando. Back in April, Southwest shifted all of its Dayton services to fly to its hub at Chicago Midway International Airport.

5. WHY IS SOUTHWEST HEADING TO CINCINNATI?

According to WCPO, CVG offered new incentives to Southwest and other airlines beginning this week. The incentives include waiving landing and gate use fees, among other monetary support. Dayton International Airport has the highest average domestic airline fares in the region. The average airfare out of the Dayton airport is $412, $35 more than other regional airports, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data.

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