DAYTONA Seaside — Richard Agnew was stunned to be welcomed to applause and cheers as he acquired off his American Airways flight right here from Philadelphia soon right before noon Thursday.
Agnew was the to start with arriving passenger on just one of two new day-to-day nonstop routes to Daytona Seaside that American Airlines released on Thursday. The other is service to the airline’s key hub airport in Dallas/Fort Value, Texas.
In all, 11 passengers took the to start with flight from Philadelphia to Daytona Beach front, with airport officers attributing the minimal quantity tothe nasty winter season weather conditions in the Northeast.
“It can make it so a great deal a lot more easy,” mentioned Agnew of the just above two-hour flight he took from Philadelphia.
Agnew works in southern New Jersey just a limited push to Philadelphia. He owns an oceanfront trip condominium in Daytona Beach Shores.
“Before I was flying to Charlotte (North Carolina) and then owning to swap above to a further flight to get listed here. You could insert a different hour to an hour and a 50 % to my journey time.”
American Airways for now is offering day-to-day nonstop support to Daytona Seashore from Philadelphia and Dallas/Fort Worthy of as a result of the stop of April. American frequently provides numerous flights each day from Daytona Seaside to its hub airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“They (assistance to the two new locations) are seasonal at this place, but we’re hoping to earning them long term calendar year-spherical,” reported Lisa Schwartz, typical manager of Daytona Beach functions for Piedmont Airways/American Airlines.
Piedmont is the regional airline that supplies the smaller 74- and 70-seat jetliners that American works by using on flights to lesser airports such as Daytona Seaside.
American will consider the level of need for its new Daytona Beach front-Philadelphia and Daytona Seashore-Dallas/Fort Worthy of routes involving now and April 30 before generating a determination on regardless of whether to proceed all those routes, according to Daytona airport officers.
Brian Sanders, a regional supervisor for Piedmont Airlines/American Airways, mentioned American will take the decreased-than-typical passenger site visitors for the reason that of the coronavirus pandemic into thing to consider in generating its choice with regards to the new routes.
“We are constantly looking for new development options,” claimed Sanders of the selection to supply support to two new places to and from Daytona Seashore. “It was the correct time in light of the present-day COVID scenario. But regardless of that, I imagine Daytona in itself is an interesting market place.”
Daytona Seashore Intercontinental Airport Director Karen Feaster stated Daytona airport commenced 2020 with passenger site visitors on tempo to exceed 2019 levels. The onset of the COVID-19 disaster caused air travel to plummet worldwide, not just locally.
April 4 marked Daytona airport’s minimal place when it only counted 67 travellers on incoming and outgoing flights. Because then, passenger website traffic has steadily enhanced but continues to be properly below pre-pandemic degrees.
The selection by American to add each day nonstop company to two new locations is ending 2020 on a superior observe for the Daytona airport in what otherwise has been a person of its most hard many years at any time.
“At a time when lots of airlines have been compelled to pull out of a number of airports, American has been a solid spouse and has confirmed their self-confidence in this sector by adding two new flights,” explained Feaster.