Passenger traffic declines 3 percent in February

Posted On: March 11, 2014

Flight cancellations due to winter storms affecting Atlanta and Charlotte, contributed to a passenger traffic decline of 3 percent at Daytona Beach International Airport in February compared with February 2013. 

During February, 46,346 passengers flew in and out of the county-operated airport.  This compares with 47,734 travelers recorded in February, 2013.  

Rick Karl, the airport’s director, said extensive flight cancellations by Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways on February 11, 12 and 13 contributed greatly to the monthly passenger traffic decline.  Winter storms during these dates resulted in cancellation of most flights to and from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the airport’s primary hub with Delta, and also affected flight operations at many airports up and down the eastern seaboard, including Charlotte.  An increase in available seats, primarily from U.S Airways combined with a well attended Daytona 500 race event mitigated February’s traffic decline. 

For the last 12 months traffic at the airport is up 4 percent and the overall trend of airport passenger traffic is projected to be steady to increasing during 2014, according to Karl.  Over the past 50 months, airport traffic has increased during 45 of those months compared to the same month of the prior year.  “The airport plans to continue to pursue expanded air service opportunities through existing or new air carriers and we are optimistic about 2014 and beyond,” he said.

For information, contact Business Development Director Stephen J. Cooke at 386-248-8030, ext. 8309.

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