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Old January 7th, 2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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IAD/DCA/BWI | Washington/Baltimore Area Airports

The Baltimore/Washington area is served by three major airports:

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI)
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)
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Old January 13th, 2012, 02:55 AM   #2
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Reagan National Airport

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Old January 4th, 2014, 01:40 AM   #3
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Old January 30th, 2014, 03:09 AM   #4
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Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD):

Some photos and information on Washington-Dulles International Airport which is one of United Airlines largest hubs and the 9th busiest airport in the US in terms of international passenger traffic. Aside from United, twenty three foreign carriers serve the airport as well such as Avianca, Copa Airlines, Emirates, Saudia, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian, South African Airways, KLM, Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways, ANA, and Korean Air among others. FYI: For you architecture buffs out there, the main terminal is a well-known landmark designed by Eero Saarinen. Also a branch of the Air and Space Museum is at Dulles Airport as well and includes an Air France Concorde supersonic airliner, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, among many other things.












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Old May 14th, 2015, 08:23 PM   #6
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The inside of Reagan National Airport is beautiful.
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Old March 28th, 2017, 04:03 AM   #7
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Design changes coming to Reagan National (DCA)

Two major design changes are coming to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). Both involve the larger, north terminal which opened in 1997.
  1. A fourth pier will be built for commuter flights. Currently, there is one single, ground-level gate that handles all commuter flights; from there, many passengers are transported via shuttle bus to their aircraft. The new pier will use traditional loading bridges. At least one hangar will be removed for this project.
  2. New security areas will be built. At present, each of the 3 piers has its own security checkpoint. This can be problematic when a passenger needs to transfer flights across different secure zones (unless a "throat" connector was built that I'm not aware of). Of course, this means that the Main Hall will be inside the secure zone, and, as such, accessible to ticketed passengers only.
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Old March 28th, 2017, 04:31 PM   #8
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Is Reagan Airport a long-term solution?
The noise it makes is quite extensive.
Then again Dulles is to far away.

A new airport somewhere close to DC, but not exactly where Reagan is?

Also, the land that Reagan is on, would be high-value real estate.
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Old March 29th, 2017, 02:23 AM   #9
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Dulles will soon be connected to Metro. That will help. It is far out but nothing will be built closer. BWI also has the potential for good connections to DC if they ever improve the connection between BWI Rail station and the Airport. Problem is that National is very convenient and I've told most visitors it is worth $100 per ticket over the other two.

What really needs to happen is that Dulles needs to suck it up and build a new terminal C/D for/with United.
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Old March 30th, 2017, 03:58 PM   #10
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Dulles is the only viable option. It is the largest in terms of land. The land is ready for more development. The layout is not bad. Just need to replace those old crappy concourses and expand the main terminal vs building a new terminal on the north end
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Been a loong time since I've been through Dulles. Are they still using the "mobile lounges"? Or have they been pretty well phased out for the new train system?

Would like to see them replace the boarding area for the mobile lounges with a new attached concourse to the main terminal, and then finally replace the old United terminal that was meant to be temporary in the first place.

Then we actually have the modern efficient layout like Atlanta or Denver or the new Heathrow terminals. Would make Dulles a much more pleasant airport to fly out of.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 10:15 PM   #12
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From my understanding, the mobile lounges are now only used to shuttle international passengers, who have not been pre-cleared, to the International Arrivals Building.
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Old April 4th, 2017, 08:52 PM   #13
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Dulles Concourse A/B is very nice. C/D is trailer trash garbage. Mobile lounges used primarily for International arrivals. There is a rather nice train system these days. Except that for C/D it is built where a new C/D would go leaving travelers with a long 500 ft walk back to the trash that should have been replaced years ago.
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C/D is all united which is the main hub airline for Dulles. They'd be shouldering most of the cost, and most US airlines are on very tight margins these days. Until it becomes functionally obsolete for them, or the airport authority throws some money at them, its not going anywhere.
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Old April 21st, 2017, 02:01 AM   #15
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From my understanding, the mobile lounges are now only used to shuttle international passengers, who have not been pre-cleared, to the International Arrivals Building.
I think the lounges might also be used as a direct route between the main terminal and the "D" side of the C/D concourse. This is simply too long a walk using the AeroTrain, especially since the "C" station is offset from the concourse, as someone mentioned earlier. There was once a moving sidewalk between the C and D sides, but this appears to have been removed.

It's also possible that mobile lounges are occasionally used to take passengers directly to and from aircraft if no regular gates are available. Not sure how often this happens nowadays, if at all.

Regarding international arrivals, there was once a plan to build a second underground peoplemover. This plan would have channeled all international arrival passengers into a "sterile corridor" within the concourse which leads to a train similar to the existing one, but on a separate track that only went back and forth to the International Arrivals Building. This plan appears to be long-abandoned.

On another note, does anyone remember Concourse G? This was a separate, ground-level concourse located south of the C/D concourse, and was accessed by a conventional shuttle bus. You got to the bus by an escalator down from the middle of C/D, since these gates were used by United Express. Concourse G was decommissioned in 2006 and demolished soon after.
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Old April 21st, 2017, 07:48 PM   #16
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Dulles will soon be connected to Metro. That will help. It is far out but nothing will be built closer. BWI also has the potential for good connections to DC if they ever improve the connection between BWI Rail station and the Airport. Problem is that National is very convenient and I've told most visitors it is worth $100 per ticket over the other two.

What really needs to happen is that Dulles needs to suck it up and build a new terminal C/D for/with United.
Unless the hub and spoke system is trashed, Dulles will never be a good transfer airport. None of the big four will build a usefull domestic network out of Dulles, even if Reagan was closed, in fact many midsized destinations on the east coast lack a direct flight to Reagan, which is ridiculous considering it is the capital of the country, even large urban areas like Augusta-Richmond has shitty connections to the capital of the nation.

If your destination is a midsized city on the easter half of USA, Dulles is the last airport I would choose to fly through if I'm coming from Europe or Asia.
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Flight Report: San Pedro Sula - San Salvador - Washington and back.
Just wanted to share a flight report on a trip I had a couple of months ago





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Flight 1
Avianca
San Pedro Sula, Honduras to San Salvador, El Salvador
Airbus A320

Aeropuerto Intl. Ramon Villeda Morales thru Comalapa International Airport
40 mins aprox - Distance 158 m


It's been months since I wanted to share with you guys this flight report on this journey I had last February, I know it was quite a few months ago, but just have the time.

Upon my arrival to San Pedro Sula Intl. Airport I arrived very early at 4 am, you can see the check in counter section. (which doesn't have the Air Europa counter)







IMG_9252 by L M, on Flickr

VIP waiting lounges


Boarding the Avianca A320 with Star Alliance livery!


View of the cabin.






unfortunately foggy windows


And we are off!!








Great day for flying!


Border with El Salvador






We landed!!


View of the San Salvador Intl. Airport which is a huge Avianca Hub.


Casa de Avianca




Thanks for the ride!!


Walking towards my next gate with 40 mins layover.


Flight 2
Avianca
San Salvador, El Salvador to Washington D.C
Airbus A319

San Salvador Intl.Airport thru Dulles International Airport h
4.3 hrs aprox - Distance 1894 m


After going thru security again, ready to board the A319 taking me to DC.


Boarding.


Our neighbor






on pushback


View from the Aeroman hangars.




And we are off!




Breakfast.


Already in US territory


Approach to Dulles Intl.




Landed!




Thanks for the ride!


Baggage claim


Flight 3
Avianca Airlines
Washington D.C to San Salvador, El Salvador
Airbus A319

Dulles International Airport to San Salvador Intl.Airport
4.3 hrs aprox - Distance 1894 m


Reaching this Iconic and beautiful terminal, that just reminds me of Oscar Niemeyer's arquitecture.




On my way to the trains.








Terminal B




I decided to wait for my flight on the Turkish Airlines lounge.






Honestly one of the best lounges I've been with great food selection.




Showers


Bar and lounge


View of the tarmac.


My plane all ready!


A380 British Airways


Our Avianca neighbor and the majestic A380










A330 SAS


Taking off












Dinner was actually quite good.


Sunset


I really like the lighting effect on this A319


Landing in San Salvador




While I take my next trip I will go to the Avianca lounge.




Flight 4
Avianca Airlines
San Salvador, El Salvador to San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Airbus A319

San Salvador Intl.Airport to San Pedro Sula Intl.
40 mins aprox - Distance 158 m


First time in this airport that I have to board the plane on tarmac an not use the gateways, they got us on a bus but I enjoyed the ride as I had a chance to see more airports.




The flight back home was done on an old A319 with old TACA livery.












Sadly no window this time.




Already in SAP on my way to immigration and baggage claim




I have a few more flight reports from Dulles and National that I will share with you shortly.
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Flying:
Washington D.C (Reagan National Airport DCA) - Indianapolis International Airport (IND)






Flight 1
American Airlines
Washington, D.C to Indianapolis, Indiana
CRJ 700

Reagan National Airport to Indianapolis International Airport
2 Hrs aprox - Distance 500 m


Since I moved to DC my first trip was to Indianapolis, I was very excited as I was gonna see two new airports DCA and IND, we made the reservation in American Eagle and our plane was a CRJ. I made this trip in July ... my apologies for taking so long to post it, I have more trips to post and will do that soon.

DCA is an American Airlines hub for local us flights, the terminal was designed by famous Argentinean arquitect Cesar Pelli


A great and sunny day for flying, driving up to American's terminal at DCA


This design with the domes reminds me a lot of Alicante's Airport in Spain.




American Counters










The friend that was taking us to Indianapolis


Casa de American






View from the cabin


View of the monuments from the runway.


Ready for take off.


A small video of the take off, at the end you can see the Pentagon.




You can see the pentagon in the picture.






Minutes into the flight we pass flew above Washington Dulles International airport (IAD) this is the airport that receives all the transatlantic flights.




Descending towards Indianapolis




Approach






View of the terminal










The Indianapolis Airport's traffic is mostly flights within the US, although they have some international flights to Toronto and charters to Cancun and Punta Cana.


View of the main lobby




Famous Indy 500 cars


On my way to baggage claim




Downtown Indianapolis


Flight 2
American Airlines
Indianapolis, Indiana to Washington, D.C
CRJ 200

Indianapolis International Airport to Reagan National Airport
2 hrs aprox - Distance 500 m


We got to the terminal with enough time to check in and walk around the airport, this time we had a smaller plane CRJ200.










On our way to the gate.


I was quite surprised about this terminal honestly, not only is it new and modern; I also liked the fact that it was made as all the new modern terminals being built around the world that are just one building. Instead of the usual multi-terminals that look old and separated from each other very common in US airports.


This little guy is taking me back to Washington DC








View from the cabin




Ready for take off












I was very surprised they gave us a small snack.




Descending towards DCA


Approach over the Potomac


View of the capitol building.


Landed!






We parked on the tarmac, so we will take the bus to the terminal.


Thanks for the ride!


View of the terminal.


Baggage claim


Exit towards the taxis and above is the Metro station.


Hope you guys enjoyed this report and I will soon share a couple of more flights.
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