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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

Why does DC have DCA and IAD airports? Is DC following the pattern of NYC with LGA and JFK...LGA is more a regional airport and JFK gets most the heavy international traffic. I've flown into both DC airports, recentally IAD. Seemed like a big airport heavy for traffic. Any comments?

AA777jr

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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

DC does not really have 3 airports, as DCA is in DC, IAD is in Virginia and BWI is in Maryland. There is no room for DCA expansion (and it was at full capacity once), and IAD is not ideally located and handles larger aircraft with overseas service, and BWI really is far from Washington DC, serving Baltimore.

User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (9 years 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

"DC does not really have 3 airports, as DCA is in DC, IAD is in Virginia and BWI is in Maryland. There is no room for DCA expansion (and it was at full capacity once), and IAD is not ideally located and handles larger aircraft with overseas service, and BWI really is far from Washington DC, serving Baltimore."

DCA is in Virginia, albeit not far from the DC border. BWI is really not all that far from DC. I would still consider it inside the DC metro area.



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User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (9 years 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

That's why it's called Baltimore/Washington Airport or BWI

Ed



Ed
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

I thought it was BWI because the folks in DC realized early on in IAD's life that it was more popular than IAD and threw a fit to get their name on it so as to provide an alternative to the unpopular Dulles... (or something like that)


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User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 12 months 19 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

5 minute busride from terminal to train statiuon
25 minute trainride from train station to DC train station

That is not far away at all.


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (9 years 12 months 19 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

IAD/DCA/BWI are all co-terminals when it comes to booking flights. Even tho usually BWI are generally cheaper. DCA has a mailing address of Washington, D.C. but is actually in Crystal City, Va.


Sean from MCO and CVG



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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

Actually, the only airport in DC is Bolling AFB (not counting a few heliports). All the other airports in the region are either in VA or MD.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 8, posted (9 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Heh, well sort of. DCA is an annex of Washington. Technically, yes it is in Arlington.

You'll find the Pentagon is also an annex of Washington. Pentagon addresses are Washington, DC despite also being located in Arlington.

Other places where this is true are DEN, ORD. Both are on land annexed by their namesake cities and therefore technically in the city.

Back to the original question. DC is a huge metro area, and can support all three airports, just like New York can support all of its airports.

The DC MSA includes Baltimore.

N


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