|Dayton International is the third largest and third busiest
airport in Ohio; seeing almost 3 million passengers per year
makes it one of the nation’s fastest growing airports. The
public airport is owned operated by the city of Dayton, Ohio.
The Vectren Dayton Air Show is an annual event that takes place
on the airport’s grounds and is considered one of the country’s
premier aviation events; it brings in an estimated $5 million to
the local economy.
Serving primarily the residents of Southwest Ohio, Dayton
prides itself on being “easy to and through”. Almost 55% of the
country’s population is only a 90-minute flight from Dayton
International, making the airport central in serving passengers
as well as freight.
Dayton International is nine miles north of downtown Dayton, easily
accessible from Airport Access Road, off of I-70. The airport’s layout
provides a smooth transition from air to vehicle with ground
transportation only a few steps from the Terminal Building. Short term,
long term and valet parking are all available options for travelers, in
limousine service, and chartered vans. Rental cars are also
available on site.
The history of Dayton International is full of a rich and vibrant
aviation history, starting with the Wright Brothers. A working, private
airport began at the original site and was called Dayton Airport in
1928. A dedication ceremony happened 1936 and renamed the airfield as
Dayton Municipal Airport. World War II brought significant changes to
the airport, and it was the largest airport in Ohio by 1947.
A brand new $5.5 million terminal was open in 1959, and received a
U.S. Customs facility in 1975; the name was changed to James M. Cox
Dayton International Airport to reflect the status. Growth continued for
the following decades, with a surge in domestic travel. Today, Dayton
International has recently welcomed a new control tower, multi-level
parking garage and improved runways.
Dayton’s main terminal hosts an ‘Arts in the Airport’ program which
enhances the passengers’ experience while at the airport. Travelers can
see Dayton’s rich aviation history, technology and innovation while
promoting the greater Dayton artistic community.
While travelers are waiting for their flights they can dine in any of
the airport’s several eateries or shop in their numerous news and gift
shops within the Terminal Building. These services include Starbucks,
Quiznos, Sbarro and newsstands.
*Information accuracy not guaranteed.