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Travel Safely through DAY Airport

Updated: 5/26/2020

The Dayton International Airport leaders are working closely with Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County to monitor the COVID-19 virus and its impact on travelers. DAY International Airport is essential infrastructure and remains open and operational at this time. Our goal is for our customers and staff to remain healthy and safe while we continue to provide passengers with their traveling needs. Conditions due to COVID-19 are very fluid and changes are occurring daily and sometimes hourly. Be sure you are acquiring truthful and honest updates on Coronavirus. Links to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County and to Ohio Department of Health and the CDC’s websites can be found below. Also, please visit your airline’s websites for the most current and up to date information regarding your flight.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Dayton International Airport currently open?
    • Yes, the airport is open. The Dayton International Airport is considered a critical regional asset and is open for travel. Our staff has been hard at work making sure the airport is clean and operational for the safety of all passengers who need to travel at this time.
  • Will my airline cancel my flight?
    • There are four airlines that operate from the Dayton International Airport; Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Express.  Due to the abundance of inquiries, airlines are currently focused on travel set to occur within 72 hours. Please check with your airline 72 hours before departure for the latest information on your flight. You can contact them at any time for reservation changes or other questions you may have. Here are phone numbers to take you directly to their reservation/customer service centers;
      • Allegiant Air Reservations                                 (702) 505- 8888                              allegiantair.com
      • American Airlines Reservations                   (800) 433-7300                              www.aa.com
      • Delta Air Lines Reservations                           (800) 221-1212                                   www.delta.co
      • United Airlines Reservations                           (800) 864-8331                               united.com
  • Are your parking lots and garage open?
    • The Dayton Airport has several parking options available; Garage, Short Term Park & Walk Lot, Long Term Lot, Economy Lot, Cell Phone Lot. Temporary changes have been made to DAY Parking for your convenience during the COVID-19 outbreak:
    • The Economy Lot Is OPEN – Credit Card Only
    • Short-Term Park & Walk Is OPEN – Credit Card Only
    • The Garage Is OPEN
    • The Long-Term Lot Is OPEN
    • Valet Is temporarily CLOSED
    • Overflow Is temporarily CLOSED
    • Please note that the DAYrider courtesy shuttle is not in service at this time to keep our passengers and guests safe due to COVID guidelines.  If you need special assistance with parking in Economy Lot, call 937-898-1555. The NE section in the Economy Lot has over 400 spaces that are less than a 2-minute walk to the Terminal.
    • If you are picking passengers up from DAY, we highly encourage you to wait in the cellphone lot to maintain social distancing and refrain from entering the terminal.
  • Are any of your restaurants or shops open for food, beverages, or travel essentials?
    • The CNBC store and Great American Bagel are open. Both of these establishments are located post security just beyond the check-point area.  All other DAY restaurants and gift shops in the concourses are temporarily out of service until further notice.
  • Should I wear a face-covering inside the airport?
    • In compliance with new guidelines provided by Governor DeWine, all DAY employees will wear face coverings, and It Is strongly recommended for customers who are able do the same. Many airlines are requiring or strongly encouraging passengers to wear face coverings during flights as well. Please check with your airline before you travel.
  • Will airlines require me to wear a face-covering?
    • On May 4th some airlines started to require customers to wear face coverings at check-in and/or onboard flights. Please check your airline’s website for specific information about its policies.
  • Will hand sanitizer stations be available in the terminal?
    • The Dayton International Airport will continue to provide hand sanitizer stations in various areas of the terminal for use by all employees and travelers.
  • Will sneeze guards be installed at ticket and gate counters?
    • Sneeze guards are scheduled to be installed at the ticket counters for airlines and some vendors. Please adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule while standing in any lines.
  • How can I reduce the amount of physical contact for myself and my luggage while I travel?
    • We encourage passengers to use mobile boarding passes, also to limit the amount of luggage they travel with by bringing a carry-on bag instead of checked luggage. This all reduces the number of times a bag/ticket/ID gets touched by a human.

Stay Up to Date

This situation continues to evolve quickly, and we will be monitoring it closely. For updates, please go to the Public Health of Dayton & Montgomery County website, the Ohio Department of Health,  & the CDC’s website for more information.

New DAY Protocols

We are currently taking precautionary steps in response to the spread of COVID-19, including increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

  • In compliance with the new guidelines provided by Governor DeWine, all Airport employees will wear face coverings whenever in the public areas of the airport.
  • Assuring we have the appropriate cleaning agents to kill germs
  • Increased intensity and frequency of disinfecting hard surfaces and high-touch areas throughout the airport
  • Increased cleaning efforts in the restrooms and other public areas
  • Assuring public restrooms are supplied with soap and towels
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be installed throughout the airport for staff and travelers
  • Staff has been reassigned as necessary to assure key areas are continuously disinfected and properly maintained
  • Employees are asked to work from home if their job allows and if they are not identified as essential personnel
  • Essential personnel will continue to work from the airport to maintain a safe operation
  • Employees are asked to stay at home if they do not feel well

Airport Changes

Temporary Restaurant Closures at Dayton International Airport (DAY)

Following the direction of Gov. Mike DeWine to enforce “social distancing” and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the airport has kept open a few dining and shopping options post-security for your convenience.  The CNBC store and Great American Bagel are open.  All other DAY restaurants and gift shops are temporarily out of service until further notice. We highly encourage patrons to maintain the CDC recommended distance of 6 feet from others at this time.

USO Closing Airport Locations Over Virus Concerns

USO plans to close all USO Airport Centers in the United States by Friday, March 13, 2020, until further notice in order to maintain safe environments and avoid unnecessary risks of exposure due to the spread of coronavirus. USO is following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and working closely with military, airport and civil authorities. These measures are being implemented to ensure the safety and health of military service members and families, USO staff, and 30,000 USO volunteers and to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in the communities in which USO serves.


Temporary changes have been made to DAY Parking for your convenience during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • The Economy Lot is OPEN – Credit Card only
  • The Short Term Lot is OPEN – Credit Card only
  • The Garage is OPEN
  • The Long Term Lot is OPEN
  • Valet is temporarily CLOSED
  • Short Term Park & Walk is OPEN – Credit Card Only
  • Overflow is temporarily CLOSED

Ground Transportation 

Due to COVID-19, there are temporary changes in Ground Transportation to and from the Airport.  Please call ahead to confirm the operational status of any airport transportation partner. Some changes include reduced operational hours for Rental Car counters, Transportation Network Companies (Uber and Lyft), Taxi Cabs, Charter Vans and other commercial ground transportation companies working minimally per the Stay at Home order. The airport DAYrider courtesy shuttle to the Economy Lot can be reached by calling 937-898-1555.

What is COVID-19 and how to protect yourself*

Symptoms may include, runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, & a general feeling of being unwell. Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands, rarely, fecal contamination. The virus is potentially more serious in the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. How to protect yourself. There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following: Practice good hand hygiene, follow appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette, don’t go to work or school when you feel ill. Stay home and rest, avoid exposure to others who are sick.


For information on your flight status and health updates from your airline:


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