DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Hurricane Irma impacted airport traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport, according to numbers released by Volusia County on Monday.
Passenger traffic had decreased by twelve percent for the month of September, compared with the same month last year.
Volusia County Government released that during the month of September this year 47,272 passengers flew in or out of the county, compared to 53,691 passengers last September.
“Hurricane Irma had a significant impact on our operations in September,” said Airport Director Rick Karl. “With 67 flights cancelled, we expected that September passenger traffic would be down compared to last year. The storm not only negatively impacted passenger numbers in Daytona Beach, but universally across the state of Florida.”
However, for the 12 months ending September 30, total passenger traffic at the airport increased 3.1 percent.
“Even with nearly 100 flights canceled this year because of weather events, we still ended the fiscal year with a 3 percent increase. We anticipate the next six months to trend upward over last year, as we experienced during the months prior to the hurricane," said Karl.