United Airlines staff members took a few minutes off during their hectic workday Monday morning to celebrate 30 years of hub service at Dulles Airport.
“United is the pivotal player here at Dulles Airport, so we’re very happy they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary, and we wish them 30-plus more,” said John E. Potter, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority president and chief executive officer.
United is the only major airline to operate a hub at the airport, serving as an anchor with the most flight activity of any carrier. On Monday, the airline had scheduled 224 arriving flights at Dulles and 227 departures.
“It’s a great hub, especially because it connects so many capitals,” said Toby Enqvist, United Airlines vice president of Airport Innovation, Hubs, Domestic and International Line Stations. “It’s capital-to-capital service.”
Dulles has been an essential underpinning to Loudoun’s growth.
“Dulles, since the late 1960s, has been really the economic driver of Loudoun County, and that interdependence between our county economic development effort and airport has gotten stronger over the years, not weaker,” Del. J. Randall Minchew (R-10) said.
“If you look at all the development in the whole Dulles corridor area, there’s a very large number of global corporations that either have headquarters or offices here, and the connections that the airport offers are a major driver of that, and all the jobs and development that come with that,” said David Mould, MWAA vice president of communications. “It’s a big part of the reason this is one of the fastest growing and most prosperous parts of the country.”
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) also spoke.
“It’s great to be celebrating 30 years with you, and here’s to 30 more,” Comstock said.