Dulles, Reagan airports set records; Upcoming event for cyclists

Image credit McEnearney Associates
Image credit McEnearney Associates

D.C.-area airports are setting impressive numbers lately when it comes to passenger counts and more. January through November of 2015 saw Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) beating the passenger counts of the year before. In just the month of November, 1.94 million travelers passed through the airport, making for a 14.1 percent increase from the previous year. In all, a total of 20.8 million people traveled through DCA between January and November. This total shows passenger counts rising 11.6 percent from 2014. Because of this, DCA has now had record amounts of passengers flying into and out of the busy airport for six straight years.

Washington Dulles isn’t nearly as popular, but the Virginia airport is holding its own. The passenger count was 1.65 million for November alone, which was an increase of 1.6 percent. From January to November, though, Dulles’ 19.9 million passenger count only put them at a 0.5 percent increase. So far, the biggest annual total for Dulles occurred in 2005: more than 27 million people.

If planning to fly out of Dulles, the most popular airline option might be United Airlines, as the big-name line and its regional-carrier affiliates account for almost two-thirds of passenger traffic at airport. United fueled a 3.6 increase in domestic-passenger activity when they added more flights to their schedule, this resulted in a 10 percent jump more than the previous year.

But no airline compares to low-cost carrier powerhouse Southwest Airlines when it comes to taking over an airport’s business. As the dominant carrier at the other main airport in the area, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Southwest accounts for a little over 70 percent of all passenger traffic at BWI. In November, the Baltimore-based airport had a count of 2.02 million passengers that was up 14.8 percent from the previous year.

— McEnearney Associates, “DCA and Dulles airports set record”

Upcoming Events

Regional bike gathering
Photo credit Adventure Cycling Association

The Adventure Cycling Association, Reston Association and the Reston Bike Club will hold a gathering for cycling enthusiasts from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Reston Association (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). Information about Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary events, national advocacy projects, bike tours and membership will be provided. Email info@adventurecycling.org or 406-532-2751 by March 3 to register. Click here for more information.

Reston is the only designated Bicycle Friendly Community in Fairfax County and home to more than 100 miles of paved and natural trails.

Volunteers are also needed to help by prepping the gathering location and cleaning up. Email info@adventurecycling.org or call 406-532-2751 if you are interested.

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