I've always thought that airport had so much potential to be so much more. It's certainly had an interesting history over the years.
I remember as a young avgeek, watching planes for hours on the observation deck under the control tower, seeing everything from Russian built airframes to airlines I had never heard of - operating every type of plane I could imagine. Also, the mobile lounges had the best up close views.
It's certainly had it's ups and downs, pardon the pun. With ACA becoming Independence Air growing large only to disappear. Not to mention having JetBlue at one point becoming the second-largest carrier in the mid 2000s, I was hopeful they would make it a secondary hub, but they choose BOS instead, and DCA as their primary airport for DC.
The article mentions a number of new airlines and current ones expanding operations, should be interesting to see what will happen over the next 10-15 years.
Points of interest:
- IAD again has more traffic than DCA, first time since 2014
- 5.1% growth over last year
- 24.1 million pax in previous year
- BWI still ahead by 23 million a year
- PFC at Dulles hit $25 at one point, vs $14 at DCA and $10 at BWI
- Silver Metro line should be completed by end 2020
- C/D concourse not likely to be replaced intol 30 mil mark
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