Passenger traffic jumps at Daytona airport

DAYTONA BEACH — Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport rose 12.8 percent in July, compared with the same month a year ago.

The Volusia County-run airport counted 60,262 travelers pass through its gates during the month, up from 53,431 in July 2015, according to the unofficial numbers released by the county. July was the ninth month in a row that more passengers fly in and/or out of the airport than in the same month the previous year.

It also marked the best month JetBlue has had locally since beginning its daily nonstop New York-Daytona Beach in January. The airline filled 85 percent of all available seats on its flights to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to a news release from the county. The increase for JetBlue was largely thanks to more visitors coming here from the New York area, said Jay Cassens, director of business development at Daytona Beach International Airport.

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