Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Airport in Arlington County, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., United States

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
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Airport typePublic
OwnerDepartment of Transportation
OperatorMetropolitan Washington Airports Authority
ServesWashington metropolitan area
LocationArlington, Virginia, U.S.
OpenedJune 16, 1941; 79 years ago (1941-06-16)[1]
Hub forAmerican Airlines
Elevation AMSL15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates38°51′08″N 077°02′16″W / 38.85222°N 77.03778°W / 38.85222; -77.03778Coordinates: 38°51′08″N 077°02′16″W / 38.85222°N 77.03778°W / 38.85222; -77.03778
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Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 7,169 2,185 Asphalt
4/22 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
15/33 5,204 1,586 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Aircraft operations292,682
Total Passengers23,945,527 Increase1.8%
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[2] Passenger traffic[3]
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LocationThomas Ave.
Arlington, Virginia
Area861 acres (348 ha)
Built1941 (1941), 79 years ago
Architectural styleModerne
NRHP reference No.97001111[4]
VLR No.000-0045
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 12, 1997
Designated VLRJune 27, 1995[5]

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA, ICAO: KDCA, FAA LID: DCA), also known as National Airport, Washington National, Reagan National Airport or simply Reagan, is in Arlington, Virginia, next to the border of Washington, D.C. It is the smaller of two airports operated by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority that serve the National Capital Region (NCR) around Washington (the larger airport being Washington Dulles International Airport about 25 miles (40 km) to the west in Virginia's Fairfax and Loudoun counties).[2][6] The airport is 5 miles (8.0 km) from downtown Washington D.C. and the border is visible from the airport.

The airport's original name was Washington National Airport. Congress adopted the present name to honor President Ronald Reagan in 1998.[7][8] MWAA operates the airport with close oversight by the federal government due to its proximity to the national capital.

Flights into and out of the airport are generally not allowed to exceed 1,250 statute miles (2,010 km) in any direction nonstop, in an effort to send coast-to-coast and overseas traffic to Washington Dulles International Airport, though there are 40 slot exemptions to this rule. Planes are required to take unusually complicated paths to avoid restricted and prohibited airspace above sensitive landmarks, government buildings, and military installations in and around Washington, D.C.,[9] and to comply with some of the tightest noise restrictions in the country.[10]

The airport's small size constrains its capacity, but Reagan National currently serves 98 nonstop destinations. National is a hub for American. The airport has no United States immigration and customs facilities; the only scheduled international flights at the airport are those from airports with U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facilities, which generally encompasses flights from major airports in Canada and from some destinations in the Caribbean. Other international passenger flights to the Washington, D.C. area use Washington Dulles International Airport or Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. There are currently five scheduled international routes, which are to cities in Canada, the Bahamas, and Bermuda.[11]

The airport served 23.5 million passengers in 2018.[12] In 2019, DCA served 23,945,527 passengers, an increase of 1.8% over 2018, and a new passenger record for the airport.

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b FAA Airport Form 5010 for DCA PDF
  3. ^ "Reagan Air Traffic Statistics". Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. January 2019. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Airport Data and Information Portal". Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  7. ^ Kellman, Laurie (February 5, 1998). "Clinton to sign bill renaming National Airport for Reagan". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. p. A3. Archived from the original on May 21, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "What's in an eponym? Celebrity airports – could there be a commercial benefit in naming?". Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Anatomy: Landing a Plane at Reagan National Airport
  10. ^ Cite error: The named reference strictest was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  11. ^ Map of 98 Nonstop Destinations at Reagan National
  12. ^ Dulles International and Reagan National Airports Passenger Traffic Tops 47.5 Million in 2018

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