County-0wned Daytona Beach International Airport has welcomed the news that American Airlines is expanding its service at the Florida hub.
From January 2020, the American carrier will replace some aircraft from PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines to the mainline Airbus A319 for one of its daily flights between Daytona Beach and Charlotte, North Carolina. And in addition to increasing the number of daily flights to Charlotte to five it will resume a non-stop service to New York (La Guardia).
“With American adding the Airbus A319, it’s a good indicator for the future here at DAB,” said Rick Karl, airport director. “This mainline carrier opens up the possibility of more destinations. American has increased its available seats to and from Daytona Beach substantially in the last few years. In 2019 alone, available seats have increased 16%, compared to 2018. Since 2015, the airline has increased capacity 25% and passenger traffic has outpaced capacity growth with a 29& increase.”
Expressing his delight that American will resume its service to LaGuardia from 11 January following the success of the summer service that began in May this year Karl added: “The community can take credit for American’s expansion at our airport because they are the ones filling the seats, which creates the need to add bigger aircraft and shows airlines the demand for increased service.”