Dayton International Airport has increase in flight availability ahead of 4th of July travel

DAYTON — The skyways are quickly filling up with millions of Americans looking for a Fourth of July getaway, and airports are having to work through the strong increase in customers.

Flight vendors, including the Dayton International Airport, are trying to get employee rosters back to pre-pandemic levels.

During the pandemic, some long time pilots chose to retire, staff members chose other jobs, and less planes were in the sky.

These are all things the airport is now working to correct as they get back into business and the number of flights increases.

Linda Hughes, Dayton International Airport spokeswoman, says the airport is managing to put up about 35 planes a day and that they’re optimistic about keeping those numbers up and available for passengers coming in from around the Miami Valley looking for a seat to their summer destination.

“All potential seats between Friday and Monday July 5 is approximately nine thousand seats, and from nine thousand seats we anticipate 90 percent should be passengers coming through flying out,” Hughes said.

As a reminder to travelers, the Dayton International Airport still has a mandatory mask policy in effect.