Reagan National Airport today and in 1940

Ronald Reagan National Airport is located off the George Washington Parkway in Northern Virginia along the banks of the Potomac. It’s an older airport surrounded by development. Many commuters love National’s convenient location, but the shorter runways and surrounding buildings and monuments often mean white-knuckled take-offs and landings. Pilots must fly a narrow path over the Potomac River on approach and when leaving the airport. The must also quickly gain altitude and bank to avoid the Washington Monument and Rosslyn on the way out.

Reagan National
National Airport in 1940 long before anyone dreamed that Reagan would be President.
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Dulles International Airport is in Fairfax County

IAD night
Dulles International Airport at night

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Chantilly, VA on 12,000 acres of land 26 miles from downtown Washington, DC.

Dulles’ Main Terminal opened in 1962 and since then Dulles has become a major hub for domestic and international air travel with eleven domestic legacy and low fare carriers and 22 international carriers which provide air service throughout the world.

Flights operate from midfield concourses A, B, C and D and Z-gates connected to the Main Terminal. The Airport is currently in the midst of a major construction program called D2, Dulles Development, which includes the expansion of Concourse B, a new runway which will open in 2008, and an automated people mover system called AeroTrain which will open in 2009. The airport is connected to the region’s highway system via an Authority-operated, 16-mile Airport Access Highway (called the Dulles Toll Road) dedicated to airport users.

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What properties are for sale near Ronald Reagan airport?

Ronald Reagan airport is on the blue and yellow metro line. This airport is in Arlington. This airport is a transportation hub for commuters traveling to different parts of the country, and world. Reagan is located at 2401 Smith Boulevard, near the George Washington Parkway.

A sign for Reagan near an illuminated parking deck
A sign for Reagan near an illuminated parking deck
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Ronald Reagan National Airport in Crystal City / Arlington

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Main concourse of Reagan National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, formerly Washington National Airport, is on the Potomac River across from Washington DC. Along with Baltimore Washington International and Dulles International, Reagan National is one of three major airports serving the Washington Metro area. Reagan National is easily my favorite of the three airports for a number of reasons.

Dulles and BWI are massive sprawling airports with shuttle buses and mobile lounges. Reagan National barely has enough room for the runway. I always like smaller airports. They feel like they are scaled to human beings. There is plenty of security at National, but it seems to move along more smoothly than Dulles or BWI.

Dulles and BWI are outside the Beltway at the periphery of the Washington Capitol Area.  Reagan National is at the heart of everything, wedged at the confluence of DC, Alexandria and Arlington.  For me, it’s a long drive just to get to BWI or Dulles, but Reagan National is here, and it’s accessible by Metro. Reagan National is a station on both the Yellow and Blue lines.

Extended parking is available at Dulles or BWI, but on the shuttle bus, the ride from the parking lot to the terminal seems like a mile or more.  At Reagan National, extended parking is at my house.  Because instead of taking a shuttle, I can take the Metro to the airport. The runway is short at Reagan National, and it launches planes up over GW Parkway and at the Washington Monument, requiring a steep climb and a hard left on take off. Some folks find this terrifying, but I have to admit I love it.  I know it’s a safe path, because planes take off here day and night, so I sit back and enjoy the abrupt take-off and
turn.

Reagan National is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, although many ticket counters and restaurants in the airport close during off-hours. Reagan National is located within the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it has a Washington DC address to identify the airport’s location more easily for travelers.

The Perimeter Rule and the High Density Rule affect flights at Reagan National. Under the Perimeter Rule, nonstop aircraft flights are limited to a range of 1,250 miles or less. In 2000, Congress permitted the FAA toNational Airport allow six round-trip flights to points outside the perimeter. The High Density Rule (or “Slot” rule) limits the number of landings or takeoffs allowed in an hour. The rule affects Reagan National because of the Airport’s limited airfield capacity.

Reagan National is located in Arlington County near/in Crystal City. It is most easily accessed from the George Washington Parkway. There are a good many condos and homes in the Crystal City area and they’re all just a metro stop away from Reagan National.  The take-off and approach to Reagan National is down the Potomac, so that area residents get very little noise or fly-over from the jets at Reagan National.

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Ronald Reagan National Airport
Ronald Reagan National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (also called Reagan National Airport) is located in Arlington County Virginia in close proximity to the neighborhoods of Crystal City and Aurora Heights. Reagan National is a metro rail stop on both the Yellow and Blue lines. The runway is a short at Reagan National and it launches planes up over GW Parkway and at the Washington Monument, requiring a steep climb and a hard left on take off. Reagan National is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, although many ticket counters and restaurants in the airport close during off-hours. Reagan National is located within the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it has a Washington DC address to identify the airport’s location more easily for travelers.

Reagan National as seen from the Metro Station
Reagan National as seen from the Metro Station

The airport is most easily accessed from the George Washington Parkway. There are a good many condos and homes in the Crystal City area and they’re all just a metro stop away from Reagan National. The take-off and approach to Reagan National is down the Potomac, so that area residents get very little noise or fly-over from the jets at Reagan National.

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Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Serving the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport or BWI Airport is situated in Anne Arundel County and was ranked second for “Best Food and Beverage Program” in North America by Airports Council International of North America in 2010 and was named after Thurgood Marshall, a Baltimore native and the first African American to serve in the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2007, BWI was ranked as one of the ‘Top 10 Easiest U.S Airports to Get to’ by Aviation.com.

BWI Airport used to be Friendship International Airport, but when the State of Maryland purchased it from the City of Baltimore in 1972, upgrades and modernization were made for all Maryland airport facilities, the airport was renamed Baltimore Washington International Airport in 1973. In 1980, the BWI Rail Station was opened to provide a rail connection for passengers of the Northeast Corridor though Amtrak making BWI Airport the first airport in the U.S to be served by an intercity rail station.

With Southwest Airlines presence at the airport, more renovations and expansions went underway and a new facility was then opened on May 22, 2005. In October1, 2005 it was renamed Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

BWI houses 2 airline lounges operated by British Airways ‘British Airways Chesapeake Club Lounge’ available to passengers of all international concourse airlines and USO for United States Military personnel and their families.

BWI has also been a backdrop for several films such as ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Broadcast News’ and ‘Twelve Monkeys’.

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  • US Airways Express
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Ronald Reagan National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, formerly Washington National Airport, is on the Potomac across the river from Washington DC. Along with Baltimore Washington International and Dulles International, Reagan National is one of three major airports serving the Washington Metro area. Reagan National is easily my favorite of the three airports for a number of reasons.

Ronald Reagan National Airport
Ronald Reagan National Airport

Dulles and BWI are massive sprawling airports with shuttle buses and mobile lounges. Reagan National barely has enough room for the runway. I always like smaller airports. They feel like they are scaled to human beings. There is plenty of security at National, but it seems to move along more smoothly than Dulles or BWI.

Dulles and BWI are outside the Beltway at the periphery of the Washington Capitol Area. Reagan National is at the heart of everything, wedged at the confluence of DC, Alexandria and Arlington. For me, it’s a long drive just to get to BWI or Dulles, but Reagan National is here, and it’s accessible by Metro. Reagan National is a station on both the Yellow and Blue lines.

Ronald Reagan National Airport
Ronald Reagan National Airport

Extended parking is available at Dulles or BWI, but on the shuttle bus, the ride from the parking lot to the terminal seems like a mile or more. At Reagan National, extended parking is at my house. Because instead of taking a shuttle, I can take the Metro to the airport.

The runway is a short at Reagan National and it launches planes up over GW Parkway and at the Washington Monument, requiring a steep climb and a hard left on take off. Some folks find this terrifying, but I have to admit I love it. I know it’s a safe path, because planes take off here day and night, so I sit back and enjoy the abrupt take-off and turn.

Reagan National is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, although many ticket counters and restaurants in the airport close during off-hours. Reagan National is located within the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it has a Washington DC address to identify the airport’s location more easily for travelers.

The Perimeter Rule and the High Density Rule affect flights at Reagan National. Under the Perimeter Rule, nonstop aircraft flights are limited to a range of 1,250 miles or less. In 2000, Congress permitted the FAA to allow six round-trip flights to points outside the perimeter. The High Density Rule (or “Slot” rule) limits the number of landings or takeoffs allowed in an hour. The rule affects Reagan National because of the Airport’s limited airfield capacity.

Reagan National is located in Arlington County near/in Crystal City. It is most easily accessed from the George Washington Parkway. There are a good many condos and homes in the Crystal City area and they’re all just a metro stop away from Reagan National. The take-off and approach to Reagan National is down the Potomac, so that area residents get very little noise or fly-over from the jets at Reagan National.

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Washington Dulles International Airport in VA

Dulles International Airport

Opened in 1962, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) can be found in Chantilly VA 26 miles from downtown Washington DC. These 12,000 acres of land has turned developed into a major source for domestic and international air travel with 11 domestic legacy and low fare carriers and 22 international carriers that provide air service globally.

The airport is connected to the region’s highway system by an Authority operated 16 mile Airport Access Highway – Dulles Toll Road exclusively for airport users.

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