Dayton International Airport

James M. Cox
Dayton International Airport
Logo for Dayton International Airport containing airport name, aircraft silhouette, and the slogan "Easy to and through."

Aerial image of Dayton International Airport showing runways, taxiways, buildings, and surrounding area.

Airport in June 2012
Airport type Public
Owner City of Dayton
Operator Dayton Department of Aviation
Location Dayton, Ohio[1]
Elevation AMSL 1,009 ft / 308 m
Coordinates 39°54′08″N 084°13′10″W / 39.90222°N 84.21944°W / 39.90222; -84.21944Coordinates: 39°54′08″N 084°13′10″W / 39.90222°N 84.21944°W / 39.90222; -84.21944

Location of airport in Ohio/United States

Direction Length Surface
ft m
6L/24R 10,900 3,322 Asphalt/Concrete
6R/24L 7,285 2,220 Concrete
18/36 8,502 2,591 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations 50,173
Cargo tonnage 10,068.93
Landed weight (1,000 pound units) 1,556,881.54
Total passengers (2015) 1,072,630
Sources: FAA,[2] airport website,[3] ACI[4]

Dayton International Airport (IATA: DAY, ICAO: KDAY, FAA LID: DAY) (officially James M. Cox Dayton International Airport), formerly Dayton Municipal Airport and James M. Cox-Dayton Municipal Airport, is ten miles north of downtown Dayton, in Montgomery County, Ohio.[2] The airport is within the city limits of Dayton, located in an exclave of Dayton not contiguous with the rest of the city.[5] Its address is 3600 Terminal Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45377.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems called it a primary commercial service airport.[6] Dayton International is the third busiest and third largest airport in Ohio behind Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Port Columbus International Airport.[7] In 2009 Dayton was one of the nation's 10 fastest growing airports.[8] The airport is home to the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Interstate 70 exit sign

Dayton International Airport handled 2,607,528 passengers in 2012 and made 57,914 combined take offs and landings in 2012.[9] Dayton ranked No. 76 in U.S. airport boardings in 2008.[10] The airport has non-stop flights to 15 cities.

It is headquarters for American Eagle carrier PSA Airlines. On August 12, 2012 Southwest Airlines began serving Dayton with flights to Denver International Airport. This was expected to be a major boost to the airport and increase passenger traffic by at least 15 percent.[11]

Expansion room exists, with plenty of open gates, though Concourse D, which was built in 1978 and used by Piedmont Airlines and US Airways for their mini-hub operation until its closure in 1991, was demolished in 2013.

Dayton International is separate from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, a municipal airport south of the city in Miami Township, also owned and operated by the City of Dayton.

In 2015, Southwest Airlines announced a major reduction in flights to and from Dayton. Nonstop flights to Baltimore, Denver, Orlando and Tampa all end April 11, 2016. This will leave only one nonstop destination from Dayton via Southwest. Passenger traffic is down nearly 9% since 2014, along with aircraft departures down 8%. Fares from Dayton have continued to rise while neighboring airports are lowering fares with new low cost carriers. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has drastically reduced fares since 2014 while also experiencing over 10% growth in passengers.[12]

On November 19, 2015, Dayton officials announced that Allegiant Air will begin adding service in April twice a week to Orlando and Tampa.[13] Allegiant Air will be the only low-cost fare carrier at the airport and will fill the gap left by Southwest Airlines' reduction in flights to and from Florida.


In August 1928 a property in Vandalia, Ohio was called the "Dayton Airport".

On December 17, 1936 the airport opened as the "Dayton Municipal Airport" with three 3,600-foot (1,100 m) concrete runways and connecting taxiways.

In 1952 the city named the airport "James M. Cox-Dayton Municipal Airport" in honor of the former Governor of Ohio and Democratic candidate for President of the United States. A ground breaking ceremony was held in 1959 for a new $5.5 million terminal designed by Yount, Sullivan and Lecklider,[14] completed in 1961. The airport's name became "James M. Cox Dayton International Airport" in 1975.

The April 1957 OAG shows 73 weekday departures: 56 TWA, 13 American and 4 Lake Central. TWA had two nonstops to New York but no other nonstops reached beyond Chicago-Detroit-Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Cincinnati.

The airport was a hub for Piedmont Airlines from July 1, 1982 until its merger with US Airways, which continued the Dayton hub for a year or two. In March 1988 Piedmont had nonstops from Dayton to 27 airports, California to Boston to Florida, plus eight more on its prop affiliate. USAir and successor US Airways kept Dayton as a focus-city. The airport was a hub for Emery Worldwide, a freight carrier.

In 1981 Emery Worldwide completed an air freight hub sortation facility next to Runway 6L–24R. Emery added to the facility until the early 1990s, making it one of the world's largest air freight facilities at the time.

A$50 million renovation of the airport's terminal building, designed by Levin Porter Associates,[15] was completed in 1989. A new 2-lane access road was built.[5]

In 1998 the airport started renovating the terminal building. The $25 million project was completed in 2002. The renovations included energy efficient climate control systems, lighting, windows and entry/exit doorways, a new paging system, and ceiling tiles and carpeting. The news, gift shops, and food and beverage concessionaires improved their leased areas in the terminal building.[5]

Today the airport covers over 4,500 acres (18 km2), and has about 4.7 miles (7.6 km) of runway. It is served by fifteen airlines and has sixteen non-stop destinations. The airport has an estimated $1 billion economic impact on the Dayton area economy.[5]

Completed construction projects

In 2011, Dayton International Airport completed a new air traffic control tower. The tower is about 254 feet (77 m) high with a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) base building of office and operational space for FAA personnel. The switchover to the new tower was at midnight on June 4, 2011. Construction cost $21 million (the tower project's total cost was $30.6 million including equipment) and will eventually reduce the current staff of 38 controllers in Dayton to 12.[16]

The airport broke ground in April 2009 for a new multi-level parking garage, which opened in the summer of 2010.

A parking lot improvement project began in October 2008 and provided for: (1) the construction of a new entrance/exit for a new "red" long term parking lot and economy parking lot; (2) reconfiguration and restriping of the existing credit card parking lot; (3) installation of revenue control equipment for the overflow parking lot; (4) upgrade of electrical and lighting within various parking lots. These improvements are to be completed in May 2009. The access road to the terminal has been undergoing several upgrades since October 2007 which involves the rehabilitation of Terminal Drive pavement, drainage system upgrades, installation of underground utilities and erection of new signage and other related roadway improvements.

The airport began a multi-year project in October 2006 to the perimeter roadway network to provide access around the airfield and to enhance safety by eliminating vehicle crossing of runways and taxiways. The project was completed in November 2009.

Access road from I-70 to terminal

In June 2009, the airport completed a project to enhance safety by improving the 6R/24L runway safety area. Runway 6R pavement was extended by 285 feet (87 m) to connect to the taxiway pavement. In addition, a high pressure gas transmission main and an 8-inch (200 mm) service main were relocated from under the footprint of the runway extension. The installation of wildlife fencing, completed in May 2009, enhances airport safety by reducing the movement of wild animals on the airfield.


Terminal building

Dayton International Airport covers 4,200 acres (1,700 ha) and has three paved runways:

There are thirteen instrument approach procedures: six instrument landing system (ILS) approaches, six Global Positioning System approaches (GPS) and one Non-Directional Radio Beacon (NDB) approach. Runways with an ILS are 6L, 24R, 24L and 18; 6L has capabilities for a CAT II and III ILS procedure. GPS approaches are set up on each runway. Runway 6R is the only runway with an NDB approach.


In 2010 the airport had an average of 300 aircraft operations per day totaling in 58,327 operations: 38% general aviation, 36% air taxi, 25% scheduled airline, and 1% military.[17]

For 2012, the airport reported 102,700 departures. This decreased to about 98,200 in 2013.[18]

Ground transportation and rentals

Taxicab service is available at curbside. Liberty Cab (in operation since 1929), Dayton Checker Cab, All America Taxi, Dayton Express Company, Diamond Taxi, Petra Cab, Charter Vans Inc. and Skyair, Inc. all provide ground transportation throughout the Dayton metro area.[19] There are also several rental car companies serving the airport.[20] On August 11, 2013, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority began offering public transportation service to and from downtown Dayton. A new route, No. 43, serves the airport three times per day.[21] With the exception of a few unsuccessful routes in the past,[22] the airport was not served by local public transportation prior to this date, which made it the second busiest airport in the continental United States lacking public transportation options.


Some of the restaurants include MVP Bar and Grill, 12th Fairway Bar and Grill, Starbucks, Quiznos, The Great American Bagel Bakery, Max & Erma's, Chick-fil-A, and two Boston Stoker coffee locations.[23] Several convenience shops and newsstands are also located within the airport.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

The terminal has two concourses: Concourse A has 12 jet bridges, and Concourse B has 8. Concourse D closed in 1991 and was demolished in 2013.[24]

Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers,[25] St. Petersburg/Clearwater A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth A
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta B
Delta Connection Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia B
Southwest Airlines Chicago–Midway
Seasonal: Orlando (resumes March 11, 2017),[26] Tampa (resumes March 11, 2017)[26]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Newark, Washington–Dulles B

Passenger statistics

Passenger enplanement numbers at Dayton by airline[27]
Rank Air Carrier 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
1 Delta Air Lines 250,135 308,618 343,730 339,543 312,126 325,657 261,963 289,159 297,397 277,100 317,662 409,063 408,410
2 US Airways 195,131 227,125 220,941 223,194 219,742 217,975 196,979 233,356 221,459 212,345 191,140 212,336 181,218
3 United Airlines 162,717 199,495 224,665 227,021 166,429 162,710 133,573 153,888 169,261 152,364 126,161 160,474 156,947
4 American Airlines 149,858 188,955 170,077 157,875 145,068 116,321 103,167 158,613 165,727 158,458 158,542 165,374 179,032
5 Southwest Airlines 142,681 156,816 51,279 15,540 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 AirTran Airways 0 60,820 222,696 253,718 253,992 246,091 288,507 332,657 294,786 256,814 209,554 194,185 133,331
7 Frontier Airlines 0 0 17,989 86,407 92,194 87,580 77,316 76,321 69,032 48,474 13,248 0 0
8 Continental Airlines 0 0 0 6,315 77,567 95,329 89,501 104,203 102,369 99,910 78,874 90,356 78,837
9 Air Canada 0 0 0 0 728 2,965 3,827 2,371 0 0 0 0 2,210
10 Midwest Airlines 0 0 0 0 0 8,480 11,271 17,788 17,787 8,297 6,890 5,779 5,620
11 Northwest Airlines 0 0 0 0 0 0 86,249 96,117 89,381 91,877 116,888 140,381 115,827
12 ATA Airlines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,539 51,619 52,528
13 Independence Air 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16,174 0
Total 902,065 1,143,724 1,253,287 1,304,313 1,269,106 1,264,650 1,253,782 1,465,480 1,427,630 1,306,454 1,222,362 1,446,673 1,315,106


Busiest domestic routes from DAY (Dec 2014 - Nov 2015)[28]
Rank Airport Passengers Top carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 192,000 Delta
2 Chicago, Illinois 155,000 American, United
3 Dallas, Texas 111,000 American
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 97,000 American, US Airways
5 Denver, Colorado 71,000 Southwest, United
6 Baltimore, Maryland 67,000 Southwest
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 58,000 American, US Airways
8 Washington-National, D.C. 53,000 American, US Airways
8 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 46,000 Delta
10 Detroit, Michigan 46,000 Delta


FedEx Express Memphis

The Dayton International Airport once ranked among the nation's busiest air freight facilities and was the Midwestern hub for Emery Worldwide, a CF company.[29] Emery, which was then operating under the name Menlo Worldwide Forwarding, was acquired by United Parcel Service (UPS) at the end of 2004.[30][31] UPS closed the facility on June 30, 2006, moving operations to Worldport at Louisville International Airport.[32][33] The Dayton International Airport is also a significant regional air freight hub hosting Aviation Facilities Company Inc., FedEx Express and FedEx Trade Networks.

In the 2008 film Eagle Eye, the two main characters are told to take a bus to the Dayton International Airport. The airport's name was mentioned several other times in the movie, even though there are no actual screen shots at the Dayton International Airport in the making of the movie. The actual airport scenes were shot at the Los Angeles International Airport.[34][35]


March 9, 1967, TWA Flight 553, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15 jet airliner operated by Trans World Airlines, en route to Dayton when it collided with a Beechcraft Baron over Urbana, Ohio. Visual flight rules (VFR) were in effect at the time of the accident. However, the uncontrolled VFR traffic around Dayton airspace contributed to, also with high rate of descent of the DC-9 prompted, Federal Aviation Administration's decision to create Terminal Control Areas or TCAs (either called Class B airspace and Class C airspace) coordination.

On July 28, 2007 an aircraft performing a loop over the airport at the Vectren Dayton Air Show slammed into the runway when attempting to finish the maneuver. The pilot, Jim LeRoy, was killed in the crash.[36][37]

On June 22, 2013, a stunt plane carrying wing walker Jane Wicker crashed at the air show, killing both Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker.[38]

On May 29, 2014, a Cessna 201 with 1 crew on-board landed with the landing gear not lowered. The pilot was not hurt. It was ruled to be caused by "pilot error".

See also


  1. "Airport at a Glance". Dayton International Airport.
  2. 1 2 FAA Airport Master Record for DAY (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective July 5, 2007.
  3. "Airport Facts". Official website. Dayton International Airport.
  4. 2010 "North American final rankings" Check |url= value (help). Airports Council International. 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 4 "Airport History Cont. 3". Dayton International Airport. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2009.
  6. "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)
  7. "2006 North America Final Traffic Report: Total Passengers". Airports Council International. 2007. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  8. "Top 10 fastest growing airports". Retrieved July 29, 2009.
  9. Dayton International Airport (2013). "Passenger Enplanements and Air Cargo Trends". Dayton International Airport. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  10. "Dayton Airport Saw 2.5% Jump in '08". Dayton Business Journal. August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  11. Cogliano, Joe (January 20, 2012). "Southwest Officially coming to Dayton". Dayton Business Journal. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  13. Cogliano, Joe (November 19, 2015). "Allegiant Air adding flights at Dayton International Airport". Dayton Business Journal. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  14. "Ohio Architect Magazine Listing of Ohio Buildings, 1954–1970".
  15. "Awards". Levin Porter Associates.
  16. Nolan, John (March 22, 2011). "Dayton Airport's New Control Tower to Start Operating in June". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  18. Navera, Tristan (January 21, 2014), Dayton airport closes out year with another dip in traffic, Dayton, Ohio: Dayton Business Journal, retrieved January 24, 2014
  19. "Ground Service". Dayton International Airport. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  20. "Airport Rental Car Companies". Dayton International Airport. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  21. Bennish, Steve (August 2, 2013). "New bus route to airport added". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  22. "FAQ". Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  23. "Airport Restaurants". Dayton International Airport. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  24. Page, Doug (October 10, 2012). "Funds Approved to Demolish Unused Airport Concourse". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  26. 1 2 "Southwest March 2017 Frequencies by Direction" (PDF). Southwest Airlines. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  27. "2014 Passenger Enplanements and Air Cargo Trends" (PDF). Dayton International Airport. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  28. "Dayton (OH): James M Cox/Dayton International (DAY)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Mar 2015.
  29. "Dayton International Airport and Economy". Retrieved April 3, 2009.
  30. Bohman, Jim (October 6, 2004). "CNF Sells Freight Unit to UPS". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  31. Gaffney, Timothy R. (December 21, 2004). "UPS Completes Takeover of Menlo". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  32. Bebbington, Jim; Giovis, Jaclyn (February 26, 2005). "Louisville benefits after UPS dumps Dayton". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  33. Gaffney, Timothy R. (June 30, 2006). "Bad Friday: Area Loses About 2,600 Jobs". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  34. "Eagle Eye Film". The Movie Spoiler. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
  35. "Eagle Eye Film". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
  36. Nolan, John; Ullmer, Kitty; Greenlees, Ty (July 28, 2007). "Pilot Dies After Crash at Air Show". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved July 28, 2007.
  37. "Pilot Dies in Crash at Dayton Air Show". WCPO-TV. July 29, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2007.
  38. Gomez, Alan (June 22, 2013). "Pilot, wing walker die in crash at Ohio air show". USA Today. Retrieved October 28, 2013.

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