Airport passenger traffic up 9 percent in October

Posted On: November 20th

Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 9 percent during October in comparison with October last year. During October, 50,930 incoming and outgoing passengers traveled through the county-operated airport. This compares with 46,704 passengers in October 2012.

For the past 12 months, 602,146 travelers have flown in and out of the airport, a 1 percent increase compared to the previous 12 months.

The airport’s passenger traffic increase in October continues a trend that began in November 2009. During those four years the airport recorded a passenger traffic increase in 44 of the 48 months, according to Stephen Cooke, the airport’s business development director.

Cooke pointed out that during October, the airport’s main carriers – Delta and USAir – reported a combined passenger load factor of 94 percent, a reflection of the increasing demand for air transportation services in the market. Airport officials are continuing their efforts to seek new or expanded air service opportunities for the benefit of the region.

“With the recently approved merger of U.S Airways and American Airlines, this creates a new opportunity for Dallas and Miami service in addition to existing service to Charlotte now offered by U.S Airways,” he said. “We’re continuing our discussions with JetBlue Airways concerning potential nonstop service to New York City and I’m optimistic this could move forward in 2014.”

Daytona Beach International Airport, in partnership with Volusia’s tourism authorities and numerous businesses, has offered JetBlue a $2.2 million community-based incentive program as an inducement for the air carrier to provide service in Daytona Beach.

Rick Karl, the airport’s director, echoed Cooke’s comments. “We are very pleased with the strong increase in passenger traffic recorded for October and remain optimistic that 2014 will continue the trend of passenger increases we have seen over the past several years as well as added air service opportunities.”

For further information contact: Stephen J. Cooke, Director of Business Development at 386/248-8030, extension 8309. 

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