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Ready for a new travel experience? Airport renovations start next week


Get ready for some major changes at the Dayton International Airport.

The next phase of the airport’s terminal modernization project is set to begin in January, focusing on the airline ticketing end of the terminal and the outside of the parking garage across from baggage claim. The portion of the project is expected to be finish up in August.

The construction will impact the flow of traffic in front of the terminal, airport officials said.

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“This phase begins the dramatic improvements to our passenger’s overall experience, said Terry Slaybaugh, director of Dayton International Airport. “Updates here include reconstructing the drive curb to follow the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, installation of the front glass walls to showcase more natural light and construction of a new passenger assistance center that will include restrooms.”

During the renovations, the airline ticket counter entrance to the terminal will be closed and traffic will be redirected to the main entrance and the baggage claim entrance. A construction fence will begin along the entrance drive directly after the short-term parking lot entrance and continue to the edge of the second terminal entrance doors, according to airport officials.

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Additional signage and personnel will help direct traffic and passengers.

Airports across the U.S. will need an infusion of nearly $100 billion in the next five years to accommodate passenger and cargo growth, and to rehabilitate aging hubs, according to a 2017 report from the Airports Council International - North America.

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