IAD has become quite crowded over the past few years.
1) A majority of the BizJets moved from DCA
The effect has been uneven ops, since these are unscheduled. To make matters worse, there are two FBOs (Hawthorne and Signature) on opposite sides of the field, so either approach tries to line them up for their closest runway, or there is an increase in cross ramp traffic.
2) The arrival of Indy saw a huge increase in the number of operations at IAD
. The RJ
Hub "Strategy" was interesting at best, but frequent flights of small (50 pax airliners) wreaks havoc during the IAD
rush hours at 9am and 3pm.
I don't want to see anyone lose their job, but it is time for Indy to go. UA
is understaffed, and the Washington DC area has one of the lowest unemployment rates of any place in the USA. That means work for baggage handlers and agents may not be in aviation, but there is no where in the US Constitution that guarantees a job, much less one in a profession of your choosing. Higher skilled folks (A&P and Pilots) tend to be a bit more mobile. FAs have their own issues, but folks who complain about FA
work fall into the same category as people who move into a house under and arrival corridor, and then complain about the airplane noise: You made your choice, now live with it or change. Just because you didn't research the downsides, doesn't mean you're not responsible.
Even if Indy just de-evolves into an A319 operator, that would make life at IAD
much easier on the rest of us who have to use the airport. The reduction of RJ
ops is already beginning to help.