I just recently traveled to Ohio for the very first time. It was a short (and cold) trip, and I really didn’t spend any time in town, but I did realize a few things about Ohio…..
1. They made LeBron James. So thank you for those two Miami Heat championships.
2. They have the Cincinnati Reds. Which for some reason I really liked growing up.
3. They have The Ohio State Buckeyes. Who are currently National Champions, also, everyone in Ohio makes sure that you understand that.
4. They mix chili with spaghetti and it tastes awesome!
5. They think they have a University of Miami. LOL!
But we’re here to talk about Dayton International Airport. Although it’s a tiny airport, relax, it has a Starbucks. It also has low ceilings and therefore feels like a maze.
It’s easily walkable, except if you need a rental car. There’s no shuttle, but it is in a weird place. The counters are right next to baggage claim and the cars are right across the street. What’s weird is that you sign your paper contract and then carry it across the street to the rental car booth. Yes, you carry your paper contract in your hand, walk across the street in the cold and slush and ice in the outside parking garage all the way down to where you would get your car.
If you have TSA Pre-check then you’re in luck, it’s available. If you’re looking for an airport lounge then you may be in luck, there’s a business center run by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, but it was closed.
On the bright side, for a small airport, Dayton International Airport has plenty of seating and all the food essentials plus more, except for one very important thing.
1. The great American bagel bakery. Serving up bagels, coffee, and baked goods.
2. A CNBC news store. You know the kind, the typical airport store.
3. Max and Erma’s. Burgers and appetizers kind of place. Lots of options.
4. Airport bookstore. Basic food options.
5. Chick fil a.
6. Boston Stoker. Huge one before security and smaller one after security. I had the Americano in the small one right after security, kind of disappointed.
7. No WIFI. Wait, what? There was no WIFI. It wasn’t even an option near Boston Stoker and near the gate, I could find it, but it wasn’t working. So in reality, there was no WIFI.
Accessibility to corresponding city:
Dayton International Airport is close by Dayton plus other large cities.
Ease of transport within the airport:
Very easy to get around.
Pretty comfortable. Plenty of seating, although no WIFI.
Decent amount of option, although nothing original.
The Wildcard is the rental car issue. It’s too large to ignore.
There are a few things I look for in airports. Accessibility to corresponding city. Ease of transport within the airport. Comfort (seating/plugs/shopping). Food. And the wildcard. The wildcard is something unique that helps or hurts the airport.
The Dayton International Airport receives a 6 out of 10.