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There are three airports within a 40-mile radius. Choosing is sometimes based on location.
I d say the convenience, mostly, said Edward Reno, a passenger.
Prices also play a role, as do amenities.
Reagan [has] the best shops, I think, said passenger Kenia Sanchez.
More passengers are filling the terminals at Reagan National Airport than in previous years. It is a trend that started when new carriers won slots at the Metro-accessible airport.
From 2005 to 2013, the number of people boarding planes increased by 14 percent at both Reagan National and at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. During that same time period, Dulles International Airport saw a 19-percent decrease in passengers.
Regional airport heads brought their concerns to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on Wednesday. They showed the findings of the latest passenger survey.
The folks moving in are making the most of the slots that they bought, so they are putting on, they re maximizing the size of the plane that they put into place, and what that s doing is increasing the number of passengers that we re seeing, said John E. Potter, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority CEO.
MWAA expects an additional 2 million passengers to fly out of Reagan National next year. The authority is calling for no new plane slots at National. Instead, it wants to see a focus on more domestic flights at Dulles.
Low-cost flights and better transportation access to BWI have increased traffic there.
What we want to do is attract more passengers by competing against the L.A.'s of the world, the New Yorks of the world, and also the Paris' and the Londons of the world, so that is what I m focusing on, said Paul Wiedefeld, BWI CEO.
The idea is to find a balance between airports.
Investing in infrastructure, better access, and also making sure we follow the plan that the Washington region has, said Matt Letourneau, COG President.
The plan is to focus on growth at the larger airports that have room to expand.
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