The Dulles International Airport was ahead of the Reagan National in 2018


Dulles International Airport welcomed passengers, while Reagan National lost, allowing Dulles to overtake National for the first time in four years. Check out new routes that have boosted Dulles traffic.

WASHINGTON – Dulles International Airport has welcomed more passengers than Reagan National Airport in 2018. This is the first time that it has passed National over the past four years.

For the year, Dulles welcomed 24.1 million passengers, against 23.5 million at Reagan National. For Dulles, that accounted for 1.4 million more passengers than in 2017. For Reagan National, there were about 400,000 fewer passengers.

Together, the two airports handled 47.5 million passengers in 2018, up 1.6% from 2017.

The gains at Dulles were fueled by an increase in international and domestic flights. Domestic travel to Dulles was up 6.3%, thanks to new flights from Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

United has added 12 new domestic routes for Dulles in 2018 and 2019.

Dulles also selected several new international routes in 2018, including the United service in Edinburgh, Scotland; Cathay Pacific Airways non-stop service to Hong Kong (the longest non-stop route from Dulles); Non-stop flights to San Salvador; and increased ridership on Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Emirates and Air China.

Dulles will also benefit from a new wave of flights and new airlines this year, including United non-stop flights three times a week to Tel Aviv from May; Alitalia serves Rome five times a week from May; and the five new weekly flights from TAP Portugal to Lisbon, Portugal, starting in June.

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