Dulles Airport Traffic Grew 5 Percent Last Year

Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport served 47.5 million passengers during 2018—growing 1.6 percent from 2017, according to recently released figures.

The growth was attributed to a surge in both international and domestic activity at Dulles and steady passenger traffic at Reagan National.

Dulles handled more than 24 million passengers last year, nearly one-third of those coming from domestic travel, which was up 6.3 percent from the previous year. The growth was fueled by domestic carriers including Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, and an increase in local passengers choosing Dulles. In addition to the 12 new domestic routes added by United in 2018 and 2019, new international service included flights to Edinburgh, Scotland, Hong Kong, San Salvador, El Salvador and increased passenger counts on Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Emirates and Air China.

Dulles is expected to get another bump this year with new airlines and routes, including United Airlines three times a week nonstop service to Tel Aviv, Israel, in May; Alitalia, with five times a week nonstop service to Rome, also in May; and TAP Portugal, with five times a week nonstop service to Lisbon, Portugal, in June.

This week, EgyptAir announced it will begin round-trip flights to Cairo three times a week on June 3. The route will offer a nonstop flight using Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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