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Dayton International Airport

James M. Cox
Dayton International Airport
Logo for Dayton International Airport containing airport name, aircraft silhouette, and the slogan
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
DAY is located in Ohio
Location in Ohio
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 (2012)
Aircraft operations 57,914
Cargo tonnage 10,068.93
Landed weight (1,000 pound units) 1,556,881.54
Total passengers (2012) 2,607,528
Sources: FAA,[2] airport website,[3] ACI[4]

Dayton International Airport (ICAO: KDAYFAA 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 an exclave of Dayton.[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 is a major boost to the airport and is expected to 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.


  • History 1
  • Completed construction projects 2
  • Facilities 3
    • Traffic 3.1
    • Ground transportation and rentals 3.2
    • Amenities 3.3
  • Terminals, airlines and destinations 4
  • Passenger statistics 5
  • Destinations 6
  • Cargo 7
  • In popular film 8
  • Accidents 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


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,[12] 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,[13] 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.[14]

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:

  • 6L/24R: 10,900 ft (3,300 m) × 150 ft (46 m) Asphalt/concrete
  • 6R/24L: 7,285 ft (2,220 m) × 150 ft (46 m) Concrete
  • 18/36: 8,502 ft (2,591 m) × 150 ft (46 m) Asphalt/concrete

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.[15]

For 2012, the airport reported 102,700 departures. This decreased to about 98,200 in 2013.[16]

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.[17] There are also several rental car companies serving the airport.[18] 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.[19] With the exception of a few unsuccessful routes in the past,[20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

Airlines Destinations Concourse
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth B
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington-National B
Delta Air Lines Atlanta B
Delta Connection Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia B
Southwest Airlines Baltimore (ends April 11, 2016), Chicago-Midway (begins April 12, 2016),[23] Denver (ends April 11, 2016)
Seasonal: Orlando (ends April 11, 2016), Tampa (ends April 11, 2016)
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Newark, Washington-Dulles B

Passenger statistics

Passenger enplanement numbers at Dayton by airline[24]
Rank Air Carrier 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
1 Delta Air Lines 147,252 308,618 343,730 339,543 312,126 325,657 261,963 289,159 297,397 277,100 317,662 409,063 408,410
2 US Airways 113,600 227,125 220,941 223,194 219,742 217,975 196,979 233,356 221,459 212,345 191,140 212,336 181,218
3 American Airlines 89,802 188,955 170,077 157,875 145,068 116,321 103,167 158,613 165,727 158,458 158,542 165,374 179,032
4 United Airlines 89,137 199,495 224,665 227,021 166,429 162,710 133,573 153,888 169,261 152,364 126,161 160,474 156,947
5 Southwest Airlines 87,251 156,816 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 527,799 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 (Apr 2014 - Mar 2015)[25]
Rank Airport Passengers Top carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 213,000 Delta
2 Chicago, Illinois 162,000 American, United
3 Dallas, Texas 118,000 American
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 99,000 US Airways
5 Baltimore, Maryland 74,000 Southwest
6 Denver, Colorado 65,000 Southwest, United
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 59,000 US Airways
8 Washington-National, D.C. 49,000 US Airways
8 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 48,000 Delta
10 Detroit, Michigan 47,000 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.[26] 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.[27][28]


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.[29][30]

On June 22, 2013, a stunt plane carrying wing walker Jane Wicker crashed at the air show, killing both Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker.[31]

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. ^ a b 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" .  
  5. ^ a b c d "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" ( 
  7. ^ "2006 North America Final Traffic Report: Total Passengers". Airports Council International. 2007. 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. 
  12. ^ "Ohio Architect Magazine Listing of Ohio Buildings, 1954–1970". 
  13. ^ "Awards". Levin Porter Associates. 
  14. ^ Nolan, John (March 22, 2011). "Dayton Airport's New Control Tower to Start Operating in June".  
  15. ^
  16. ^ Navera, Tristan (January 21, 2014), Dayton airport closes out year with another dip in traffic,  
  17. ^ "Ground Service". Dayton International Airport. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Airport Rental Car Companies". Dayton International Airport. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  19. ^ Bennish, Steve (August 2, 2013). "New bus route to airport added".  
  20. ^ "FAQ".  
  21. ^ "Airport Restaurants". Dayton International Airport. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  22. ^ Page, Doug (October 10, 2012). "Funds Approved to Demolish Unused Airport Concourse". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ "2014 Passenger Enplanements and Air Cargo Trends" (PDF). Dayton International Airport. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Dayton (OH): James M Cox/Dayton International (DAY)".  
  26. ^ "Dayton International Airport and Economy". Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  27. ^ "Eagle Eye Film". The Movie Spoiler. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Eagle Eye Film". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  29. ^ Nolan, John; Ullmer, Kitty; Greenlees, Ty (July 28, 2007). "Pilot Dies After Crash at Air Show".  
  30. ^ "Pilot Dies in Crash at Dayton Air Show". WCPO-TV. July 29, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2007. 
  31. ^ Gomez, Alan (June 22, 2013). "Pilot, wing walker die in crash at Ohio air show".  

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

External links

  • Official website
  • Aerial image as of October 2000 from USGS The National Map
  • 1956 Jeppesen airport diagram
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective June 23, 2016
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for DAY, effective June 23, 2016
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KDAY
    • ASN accident history for DAY
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KDAY
    • FAA current DAY delay information
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