The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced last week that Ronald Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport served 45.6 million passengers during 2016—growing 1.9 percent year-over-year to the highest combined annual passenger total ever.
Increases were driven by record-breaking domestic airline activity at Reagan National and growth of international activity at Dulles.
Reagan National experienced record-setting passenger traffic for a sixth consecutive year, serving 23.6 million. Southwest, Delta, United, JetBlue and Frontier all increased traffic, while American, the airport’s largest carrier, held steady.
At Dulles, international traffic grew for the 13th consecutive year, to a record 7.5 million passengers. Domestic activity also increased for a second straight year, growing overall passenger traffic by 1.5 percent, to 21.8 million, in 2016. United Air Line’s Dulles hub operations reported domestic growth, while Air Canada, LAN Peru and Royal Air Maroc began new international service. Other carriers credited with contributing to passenger increases included Emirates, Qatar, Copa, Icelandair, South African, Ethiopian, Aer Lingus and Turkish Air.