Janet Bednarek, a professor of history at the University of Dayton, specializes in airports—and in the idea of the airport as a hub for economic growth. She thinks airports bring a lot of potential, but there are also limitations; ultimately, she says, corporations decide where they want to go, and an “if you build it, they will come” approach can backfire.
“Dayton has always tried to capitalize on the fact that we’re at the intersection of two major interstates,” says Bednarek. “It just seems like the ability to capitalize on that hasn’t seemed to happen yet.”
State and local leaders are pushing to grow the logistics and transportation industries, particularly around the I-70/I-75 interchange, with one major new project already under construction west of the Dayton International Airport.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline next year's Dayton Air Show.
Officials with the show said Tuesday that the air demonstration team will appear June 22 and June 23 at the Dayton International Airport. The announcement was made at the International Council of Air Shows' annual convention in Las Vegas.
Others named to the Dayton show's lineup include the Birmingham, Ala.-based AeroShell Aerobatic Team and aerobatic pilots Skip Stewart and Melissa Pemberton. The show also will feature a jet-powered school bus and the flying B-29 Superfortress known as "FIFI."
One of Ohio's larger airports is seeking $4.4 million in extra federal funding to help create more room for airlines to park their planes overnight.
Dayton International Airport also wants to tear down a concourse it hasn't used for almost 20 years.
The Dayton Daily News reports the upgrades would be paid for with the additional federal money, plus the airport's $2.7 million in regular annual support from the Federal Aviation Administration. The city of Dayton would chip in $375,000 from the airport's capital reserve fund.