DBIA Sees Traffic Increase Despite Flight Cancellations

By on July 23, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – Despite concerns about 30 flight cancellations during the month of June, Daytona Beach International Airport posts its fifth straight month of passenger traffic growth.

Officials at DBIA tell us passenger traffic increased 4.1% for June in comparison with the same month last year, with 65,404 passengers flying out of DBIA that month versus 62,845 in June 2017.

For the past 12 months up to June 30th, DBIA saw total passenger traffic increase 3.76%, with 734,046 passengers traveling through the Volusia County-owned facility this year compared to 707,413 passengers last year.

“American’s (28) cancellations were caused by computer hardware outages in Charlotte, causing flight disruptions for several days,” said Airport Director Rick Karl. “Delta also had two flight cancellations due to mechanical issues.”

Delta and American added more new flights this month compared to last year, helping to offset the cancellations, per Karl.

DBIA Business Development Director Jay Cassens thinks passenger traffic would have increased double-digits over last year if not for the cancellations.

“We should see a pretty substantial increase [in July] because Delta and American both have added flights over last year as well,” Cassens added.

Having said that, DBIA’s ongoing $35 million taxiway rehabilitation project may cause reductions in seat capacity because smaller planes may have to be used, per airport officials.

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