The addition of Houston will be the 17th nonstop destination from Dayton airport. Dayton airport is currently served by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Allegiant Air and United Airlines. The new flight will give business travelers an easier route out west, where several companies with local connections have headquarters.
Dayton already serves the business community with flights to major hubs like Charlotte, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Detroit and Atlanta.
"(The airport) is an integral part of the future success of the region," said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition.
In addition to the new flight, the airport is spending millions of dollars for its terminal renovations. The next phase of the airport’s terminal modernization project began earlier this month, focusing on the airline ticketing end of the terminal and the outside of the parking garage across from baggage claim. The portion of the project is expected to be finish up in August.
The construction will impact the flow of traffic in front of the terminal, airport officials said.
“This phase begins the dramatic improvements to our passenger’s overall experience,” Slaybaugh said.
During the renovations, the airline ticket counter entrance to the terminal will be closed and traffic will be redirected to the main entrance and the baggage claim entrance. A construction fence will begin along the entrance drive directly after the short-term parking lot entrance and continue to the edge of the second terminal entrance doors, according to airport officials.
Airports across the U.S. will need an infusion of nearly $100 billion in the next five years to accommodate passenger and cargo growth, and to rehabilitate aging hubs, according to a 2017 report from the Airports Council International - North America.
The renovations and new flights come after a tumultuous year of changes for the airport. In June 2016, Southwest Airlines halted service at the Dayton airport in favor of adding flights at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The move impacted the Dayton airport’s traffic numbers and average fare prices.
Allegiant, after its first full year of service in Dayton, continues its growth with new flights down south to Florida and Myrtle Beach. Allegiant officials told this news organization that the low-cost carrier has seen continued success in the Dayton market since its first flight in April 2016.
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