Dayton International Airport
|James M. Cox
Dayton International Airport
Aerial image of airport, June 2012
|IATA: DAY – ICAO: KDAY – FAA LID: DAY|
|Owner||City of Dayton|
|Operator||Dayton Department of Aviation|
|Elevation AMSL||1,009 ft / 308 m|
Dayton International Airport (IATA: DAY, ICAO: KDAY, FAA LID: DAY) (officially James M. Cox Dayton International Airport), previously known as Dayton Municipal Airport and as James M. Cox-Dayton Municipal Airport, is a public airport ten miles north of downtown Dayton, in Montgomery County, Ohio. The airport forms an exclave of Dayton. Its address is 3600 Terminal Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45377.
The airport is owned and operated by the City of Dayton. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems called it a primary commercial service airport. Dayton International is the third busiest and third largest airport in Ohio behind Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Port Columbus International Airport. In 2009 Dayton was one of the nation's 10 fastest growing airports. The airport is home to the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show.
Dayton International Airport handled 2,607,528 passengers in 2012 and made 57,914 combined take offs and landings in 2012. Dayton ranked No. 76 in U.S. airport boardings in 2008. The airport serves direct flights to 16 markets.
It is headquarters for US Airways Express carrier PSA Airlines. On August 12, 2012 Southwest Airlines began serving Dayton with flights to Denver International Airport. This is a major boost to the airport and is expected to increase passenger traffic by at least 15 percent.
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.
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, 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 1985 Piedmont had nonstops from Dayton to 24 airports, California to Boston to Florida. USAir and successor US Airways kept Dayton as a focus-city. The airport also was a hub for Emery Worldwide, a freight carrier.
In 1981 Emery Worldwide completed an air freight/cargo 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Completion of the perimeter roadway project is slated for November 2009.
The extension of runway 6R pavement by 285 feet (87 m) connecting to the taxiway pavement coupled with the relocation of a high pressure gas transmission main and an 8-inch (200 mm) service main from under the foot print of the runway extension will improve the 6R/24L runway area. This project, scheduled for completion in June 2009, enhanced safety by improving the 6R/24L runway safety area. The installation of wildlife fencing, completed in May 2009, enhances airport safety by reducing the movement of wild animals on the airfield.
Dayton International Airport covers 4,200 acres (1,700 ha) and has three paved runways:
- Runway 6L/24R: 10,900 ft (3,300 m) × 150 ft (46 m) Asphalt/concrete
- Runway 6R/24L: 7,285 ft (2,220 m) × 150 ft (46 m) Concrete
- Runway 18/36: 8,502 ft (2,591 m) × 150 ft (46 m) Asphalt/concrete
There are thirteen instrument approach procedures at the airport: 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.
For 2012, the airport reported 102,700 departures. This decreased by 4.4 percent to about 98,200 in 2013.
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. There are also several rental car companies serving the airport. 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. With the exception of a few unsuccessful routes in the past, 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. Several convenience shops and newsstands are also located within the airport.
Terminals, airlines and destinations
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth||B|
|American Eagle||Chicago-O'Hare, New York-LaGuardia||B|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||B|
|Delta Connection||Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia
|Southwest Airlines||Baltimore, Denver
Seasonal: Orlando, Tampa
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Newark, Washington-Dulles||B|
|US Airways Express||Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington-National||A|
|1||Delta Air Lines||234,884||343,730||339,543||312,126||325,657||261,963||289,159||297,397||277,100||317,662||409,063||408,410|
Through May 2014
|2||Chicago, Illinois||162,000||American, United|
|4||Charlotte, North Carolina||99,000||US Airways|
|6||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||62,000||US Airways|
|7||Denver, Colorado||62,000||Southwest, United|
|9||Washington-National, D.C.||49,000||US Airways|
|10||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||49,000||Delta|
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, before Emery ceased operations in 2003. The Dayton International Airport is also a significant regional air freight hub hosting Aviation Facilities Company Inc., FedEx Express and FedEx Trade Networks.
In popular film
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.
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.
On June 22, 2013, a stunt plane carrying wing walker Jane Wicker crashed at the air show, killing both Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker.
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".
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dayton International Airport.|
- Official website
- Aerial image as of October 2000 from USGS The National Map
- 1956 Jeppesen airport diagram
- (PDF), effective January 8, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DAY, effective January 8, 2015
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