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Dayton International Airport: The Birthplace of Aviation

The Dayton International Airport finds its strength in the community it serves.

By Livability on August 16, 2022

The Dayton International Airport finds its strength in the community it serves

Dayton is known as the birthplace of aviation (Wilbur and Orville Wright invented controlled power flight here), so it’s fitting that the Dayton International Airport has so much to offer locals and visitors alike. 

Located near the “Crossroads of the America” – Interstates 70 and 75, the Dayton International Airport – the third largest in the state – provides air service to meet the needs of travelers to and from Southwest Ohio. 

Gil Turner, director of aviation at the Dayton International Airport, says there’s more to airports than meets the eye – they provide an important public service. 

“Airports are important to a community because they provide local businesses with access to the global market,” Turner says. “They help retain and attract business to a community and thus provide jobs and economic prosperity for the area. Air service allows both existing and new business to succeed and increase a community’s tax base. The Dayton International Airport is proud to provide this vital service to the community.”

Unfortunately, several factors have reduced the demand for passenger air travel in recent years. Additionally, airlines in larger nearby airports can offer ticket prices at lower price points that smaller community airports just can’t match. Travelers are often concerned about staying within a budget when planning a trip. Turner’s advice is to consider the true total costs up front.  

The Dayton International Airport finds its strength in the community it servesThe Dayton International Airport finds its strength in the community it serves

“Passengers must consider all costs when traveling” he adds. “If flying from a neighboring airport, the cost of gasoline must be considered, the cost of parking and, if an overnight stay is required, then that adds to the travel expense. Don’t forget to factor in the value of your time, and the stress of driving, as well as potential road construction.” 

The Dayton International Airport continues to make improvements based on its master plan. Some of those include decreasing environmental impacts and improving efficiency, safety and sustainability, as well as preparing for future aviation demand. Currently Dayton International offers 14 nonstop destinations.

“When passengers board flights at DAY, it makes a case for us to gain additional service,” Turner concludes. “Our airport can be as strong as our community makes it.”   

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