Dayton, Ohio, Airport Activity Continues Dip

DAYTON -- Passenger boardings at Dayton International Airport dipped 12.1 percent in October compared with the same month last year, continuing a year-long downturn, according to airport figures released Tuesday.

For the first three quarters of the year, passenger boardings were down 15.3 percent from the same period last year. The airport reported 105,046 boardings in October and 1,037,985 for the first three quarters.

Delta Airlines and its Delta Connection regional carriers remained the airport's top airline despite a 28.5 percent decline in boardings in October and a 22.1 percent decline over the first three quarters.

The bankrupt carrier's mainline service dropped 53 percent in October, from 23,934 boardings to 11,240.

Its biggest regional carrier, Cincinnati-based Comair, carried 5,692 passengers, a 4.9 percent gain for the month. For the first three quarters, Comair boardings were up 13.3 percent, according to airport figures.

AirTran Airways, Delta's main competitor at Dayton, remained the airport's second busiest airline in October with 19,172 boardings -- a 29.1 percent increase. AirTran's boardings in the first three quarters were up 4.1 percent over the same period last year.

U.S. Airways was third in October with 17,269 boardings, all on regional carriers and most on Dayton-based PSA Airlines.

Frontier Airlines, which entered the market Aug. 31 with nonstop flights to Denver, had 3,358 boardings in October and 6,590 for the first three months.

Air cargo, dominated by UPS Supply Chain Solutions, which operates a cargo hub on the airport, was down 7.6 percent in October and flat for the year. UPS carried nearly all the 31,341 tons that moved through the airport in October.

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