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Dayton airport passenger traffic plummets because of coronavirus

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Passenger traffic at the Dayton International Airport has declined by at least 50% in the last week because of mounting concerns about coronavirus, airport officials said.

Passenger traffic volumes change daily, but many local companies have suspended business travel for employees, and people are trying to follow directions of the governor, CDC and public health officials to shelter in place as much as possible, officials said.

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The Dayton airport has seen few scheduled flights cancelled, and those have been for maintenance issues, but passenger traffic is declining, said Linda Hughes, air service manager.

The airport wants passengers and staff to remain healthy and safe while it continues to help people with their traveling needs, Hughes said.

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“COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on global travel,” Hughes said. The Dayton International Airport leaders are working closely with Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County to monitor the COVID-19 virus and its impact on travelers.”

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