The airport at Daytona Beach is one of those places that I just love to travel through. Quick, efficient, friendly and uncrowded. Little wonder I am happy to provide a glowing Daytona Beach Airport review.
The Daytona Beach International Airport is located away from the main town centre. However it is right beside the Daytona 500 Speedway track and across the road from Volusia Mall on located on the 92 W International Speedway Blvd. All this makes it easy to find for a small, yet international airport.
The airport is serviced by numerous big name US carriers who flies to Daytona Beach such as American / US Airways and Delta. You will also see lots of small private jets coming in and out of the airport too.
In typical American style the departure terminal has lay by marked areas for the airlines operating from here.
Car parking space is available and also appears ample when I’ve visited, yet I guess it can be hectic at busy times of the year.
The ground floor level is both the arrivals and departures hall.
On one side are a couple of luggage carousels and the various car rental desks. (See below for a list of car rental companies at Daytona Beach Airport.)
When you pass via the centre of this building you come across a range of performance cars on display. A permanent resident as far as I can tell is the one for the Petty Driving Experience at the Daytona Racetrack, which is literally yards from the airport.
I did see a few other cars as I made my way to the check-in desks.
Although I’m Sky Priority, which means I have an exclusive check-in line 🙂 it is rarely of great need here. I’ve been to this airport 3 times and every time it is very quiet. Typically there are less than a dozen scheduled departures in a day, the remainder are private jets.
Spoilt with room to swing my arms I then proceeded up the escalator towards the security check point.
You can pause to catch your breathe here at a cafe, sometimes security isn’t open because it is that quiet! Or read of the history of the airport. This is quite interesting because at first aircraft used to land at the World’s Most Famous Beach – Daytona Beach. Then in 1928 they moved to an official airport at Bethune Point.
In 1930 the airport was placed at the current site. I find it quite amusing that in 1940 the airport was put in the hands of a zoo keeper who brought his furry friends with him! By 1992 the $46 million construction of this modern day, international airport was complete.
I can’t ever admitting to going through security checks at airports, it is a necessary evil I suppose. However it is always a pleasant experience at Daytona Airport.
The place is so quiet and the staff are just generally relaxed, up beat and good humoured. I always have a pleasant conversational interchange with them which leaves us all smiling.
Then in all it’s glory itself I find the 6 gated terminal!
Yes, only 6 gates and it is very quiet. As it turns out my flight to Atlanta was in fact full, yet 150+ people didn’t fill this small airport.
If you look carefully you can even find some fancy artwork.
My usual luxuries of an airline lounge was not available, there aren’t any.
However, I didn’t need a Priority Pass to access a Business Lounge I found towards the end of the terminal.
This is free to enter and offers work desks and a relatively quiet spot. There was also a free wifi network to connect to without any log in details required. It was pretty fast too.
Just beyond the lounge is a floor to ceiling window with a fairly good view of the runway and also the Daytona racetrack.
The terminal had a news/souvenir shop. There is also normally a cafe however this was undergoing renovation at the time of my visit.
Daytona Beach International Airport had the feel of airports which I like. Calming, quiet, stress free and very relaxing.
Daytona Beach International Airport Address:-
700 Catalina Drive
Tel: 386 248 8030
The Daytona Beach Airport Code is DAB
Daytona Beach Airport Car Rental Companies