American Airlines adds Daytona Beach flights

Area residents will soon be able to capitalize on more travel options.

American Airlines recently announced plans for weekly, nonstop flights servicing Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) to and from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) for the upcoming spring break season, according to a county media release.

The weekly flights will be every Saturday in March, arriving at DAB at 10:54 a.m. and arriving at DCA at approximately 1:19 p.m. According to route planners with the airline, if advanced bookings are solid, there will be an opportunity to extend flights into April.  

“We are thrilled that American Airlines is adding this new non-stop flight during one of our peak travel times,” said Joanne Magley, the airport’s director of Air Service, Marketing & Customer Experience, in the release. “The Washington, D.C. area consistently ranks as one of the top destinations to and from the Daytona Beach area. It is a market we continuously talk about with the airline route planners, and the planners with American Airlines recognize the demand for service.”

Cyrus Callum, the director of Aviation and Economic Resources for Volusia County Government, said while the new Washington D.C. flights will begin as seasonal, it could open the gates for additional or year-round service.

“American Airlines has already indicated there’s opportunity for extending the DCA flights and a good way to ensure an extension is for the community to use the service,” Callum said in the release. “When the demand for air service has increased, the airlines have responded with additional flights, larger aircraft and new routes. Each time our current airlines increase the number of available seats or add service, other airlines take notice.”  

The most recent FDOT Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study shows the Daytona Beach International Airport provides a total economic impact of more than $2.1 billion annually to Volusia County while providing more than 2,382 local full-time employees.