Dayton airport officials hope renovation draws more carriers


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials of an airport in Ohio say a $29 million terminal renovation project could help it compete with other airports.

The Dayton Daily News reports the project at Dayton International Airport included widened TSA lanes, architectural renovations, relocating the USO to better serve military passengers and new restrooms, among other changes.

Interim Airport Director Gil Turner says the airport hopes to persuade low-cost carriers such as Spirit Airlines, Frontier, Allegiant to return to increase competition with legacy carriers and help reduce fares.

The airport has seen decreasing passenger traffic for more than a decade. The lower passenger numbers have contributed to higher ticket costs.

S&P Global Ratings earlier this year improved its credit outlook for the airport, partly because it believes passenger numbers are stabilizing.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com