- By Kara Driscoll Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines is dropping a route at the Dayton International Airport.
The airline is halting its Dayton-New York LaGuardia nonstop route this month, according to a statement from Delta. The route will end on March 31, due to under-performance, a spokeswoman said. The airline is adding a non-stop route to LaGuardia from Chattanooga starting July 10.
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Terry Slaybaugh, Dayton’s aviation director, said the change is primarily a result of American Airline’s increased frequency of flights to LaGuardia from Dayton. Last fall, American increased trips to three flights per day from Dayton. United also serves New York nonstop.
Slaybaugh said the airport is still “looking at a pretty flat year” in passenger traffic.
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In 2017, Delta served approximately 20,257 passengers at the Dayton airport — a decrease from the 22,915 enplanements in 2016. Dayton already serves the business community with flights to major hubs like Charlotte, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta.
The move comes after a rough year for Dayton, when Southwest Airlines announced last June that it was halting all services at the airport. Southwest added service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport instead.
However, United Airlines will add a nonstop, daily flight to Houston from Dayton starting in early June. The air carrier will also add another flight to Chicago, a city it already serves from Dayton. The new route and added flights are a clear sign that United is invested in Dayton, city officials said.
This news organization has reached out to Dayton airport officials and Delta for more information.
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