Coronavirus: Dayton International Airport loses 90% of passengers during pandemic

Dayton International Airport loses 90% of passengers during pandemic

DAYTON — Dayton International Airport is still operating during the stay-at-home order as an essential business, but according to staff, they have lost 90% of their customers.

News Center 7′s Adam Marshall visited the airport Monday to see how they were dealing with this pandemic.

He ran into Emiliga Houzina, a foreign exchange student from Latvia, traveling home two months early from her program.

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“My flight is going to take three days," said Houzina. "I have to go to Newark, then I have to go Germany. Then from Germany to Latvia.”

Linda Hughes, a spokeswoman for the airport, said despite low volume of passengers, it is a good thing the airport is remaining open.

“There are certainly essential personnel that must travel," said Hughes. "So I’m grateful we still have airlines that have flights to get those essential personnel where they need to go.”