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The Dayton International Airport is located in west central Ohio. The primary objective of the Dayton International Airport Master Plan is to enhance safety, to reduce delays, increase airfield operational flexibility, while taking into consideration environmental impacts. The current Dayton International Airport Master Plan recommends future development projects that will provide airfield and landside improvements to meet forecast projections for passenger and cargo operations well into the 21st Century.

An evaluation of the existing airfield showed that its current geometry is the main constraint to achieving the primary objectives of the Dayton International Airport Master Plan. The Master Plan recommends extending Runway 6R-24L to 9,500 feet in length, and extending Runway 18-36 to 9,500 feet in length and relocating the 36 threshold to the north side of Runway 6R-24L.

These proposed runway projects would provide the following improvements:

  1. Provide sufficient length to accommodate the existing and future aircraft fleet mix during all weather conditions.

2. Enhance the runway safety areas of the airport by providing an airfield layout that meets current FAA design standards.

3. Balance airfield capacity to meet future demand levels during all weather conditions.

4. Enhance the flow of aircraft movements and reduce the number of aircraft runway crossings.

5. Enhance the flow and safety of the on-airport service road system by virtually eliminating all vehicle runway crossings.

The Runway 6R-24L extension to the southwest should be implemented first, followed by the extension and relocation of Runway 18-36 to the north. Lastly, the Future Airport Layout Plan drawing depicts a future southwest extension to Runway 6L-24R. The Runway 6L-24R extension project will be undertaken only when needed. The third parallel runway, which was originally envisioned to be needed beyond the 20-year planning horizon, has been removed from the plan.