Daytona Beach, FL – Officials say Daytona Beach International Airport saw its highest increase in passenger traffic in 20 years, and December’s numbers were up nearly 16 percent when compared to the same month in 2015.
Over the course of 2016, 707,657 passengers flew in and out of DBIA. That marks a 12.78% traffic increase over 2015 which saw 699,912 passengers come through the airport.
In December of 2016 alone, passenger traffic was up 15.9 percent over the same month in 2015, where they counted 48,604 passengers. That number rose to 56,349 travelers in December of 2016.
These numbers are largely attributed to the addition of non-stop flights from DBIA to JFK in New York. “The success of the airport’s passenger traffic growth is directly attributed to the community support during our efforts to recruit JetBlue over the last five years,” said County Manager Jim Dineen. “Our focus on relationships and economic development efforts really paid off in 2016. Credit goes to the Volusia County Council for their continued support of our airport, specifically in approving the Air Service Incentive Program, and to our business partners and the local community for using and supporting our hometown airport.”
Airport Director Rick Karl added, “We have made a lot of progress in the last year. It is great to see our passenger traffic numbers at the highest point since 1997. We are very encouraged for 2017, but it is going to be very important the community continues to support the JetBlue service. For any additional service, we must continue to demonstrate a demand for the existing service to and from Daytona Beach International Airport.”
For more information on passenger traffic numbers, go to RITA.DOT.gov.
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