Friday, February 22, 2013
Snow in the Midwest and rain across the Southeast Friday and Saturday mean hundreds of flight delays and cancelations.
Snow from Chicago to Kansas City and heavy rain in the South mean flight delays and cancelations at both Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reagan National Airport (DCA) Friday. Check for flight delays and cancelations here. As of 11:15 a.m. Friday, delays in Chicago had largely cleared up, but delays in Kansas City, St. Louis and other areas of the Midwest were increasing. Several flights to the STL and KCI airports have been canceled. Those delays are affecting some flights into and out of Dulles International and Reagan National airports. Airlines are strongly recommending you check your flight's status prior to leaving for the airport. Here is contact information for airlines serving IAD and DCA. Snow is falling in the Chicago …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Airport was at the center of former Senator Charles L. Waddell’s professional and legislative careers.
Leesburg Today recently published a series of excellent articles written by Margaret Morton about Washington Dulles International Airport to commemorate the airport’s 50th anniversary. In one of those articles, Morton focused on former Virginia Senator Charles L. Waddell, who was one of Dulles Airport’s greatest champions over the years. Those who are new to Loudoun County may not be aware of Waddell’s long political career – first as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors starting in the late 1960s, then as an influential member of the Virginia Senate for 27 years. As chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, then as a member of the Finance Committee, he used his influence to help fund improvements at Dulles, enact …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Patch takes a look behind-the-scenes look at iconic hub.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Cullum
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
So much has happened to Washington Dulles International Airport since President John F. Kennedy dedicated it in 1962. The airport, located on 12,000 acres in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, recently underwent a multi-million dollar expansion, adding a fourth runway, expanded gates and buildings, and a new airport traffic control tower. In addition, local government bodies recently signed on to build Metro's Silver Line, which includes a stop at the airport. About 23 million travelers visit Dulles Airport annually, and that number is expected to continue growing. The main terminal is unmistakable – architect Eero Saarinen called it the best building he'd ever designed – and as such has appeared in movies like Airport, Die Hard II and Body of …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Airport’s impacts extend well beyond the local economy.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of Washington Dulles International Airport to the economy of Loudoun County, the region and the state. In the 50 years since it opened, the airport has made an impact on much more than just the economy. Population In 1960, just two years before Dulles Airport opened, Loudoun’s population was 24,549. It had hovered around 20,000 since the first U.S. Census in 1790. By 1970, the population was 37,150, a 51% increase. Every decade since, the county population has increased by at least 50%, much more in some decades. The population is now estimated to be more than 328,000. Of course, some – maybe most – of that population growth would have occurred if the airport had been located in Burke instead of …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Washington Dulles International Airport is still the engine that drives Loudoun’s economy.
Loudoun County may be known as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, with the highest median incomes. Loudoun may be known across the country for its annual battles over religious displays on the courthouse grounds. Loudoun may be known regionally, if not nationally, as “DC’s Wine Country,” as it is being marketed by the convention and visitors association. History buffs may know Leesburg as the site of the Battle of Balls Bluff, or the temporary home of the Declaration of Independence during the War of 1812. The Middleburg area may be known far and wide as horse country. Ashburn may get Loudoun County on the evening news or in the morning newspaper every day during football season, as the corporate home and practice site of …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Airport security is sweeping Parking Garages 1 and 2 Monday night.
UPDATE: 12:15 a.m. According to @dcairports, the official Twitter account for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority: "All #IAD Dulles facilities are open and operating normally. Check w/your airline in the event of residual flight delays. Final update." --- Dulles International Airport security personnel were busy sweeping parking garages Monday night, after a bomb threat was reportedly called in to the airport, according to spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs. "I believe it was a phone-in threat," said Gibbs, who works for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "We are inspecting the garages at Dulles right now," she said, noting that Parking Garages 1 and 2 were being scrutinized. Gibbs noted that the FBI will likely also …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Columnist Jim Barnes explains his bias in favor of rail.
I will confess to having a bias in favor of rail. But my bias is not based on a political point of view, as some have charged in comments responding to my past columns on the subject of Metrorail to Loudoun. I do like trains. Some of my favorite trips have been by rail. I may even have a genetic predisposition in that regard. Both my father and grandfather worked for the railroad for their entire careers, as did several other relatives. But my bias on the issue of Metrorail to Loudoun is based more on my personal experience, having spent most of my life living in three metropolitan areas with the some of the worst traffic congestion in the United States – Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Chicago, where I grew up, has extensive …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Half a billion passengers have taken flights to or from the facility since it opened in 1962.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Dulles International Airport threw a surprise party for the passengers waiting to board United Airlines flight No. 1172 on Friday, June 15, in celebration of the airport's 500 millionth passenger. The party included cake, beverages and an extra suprise for a lucky passenger, according to an MWAA press release. The airport opened in 1962 and United Airlines has had a hub at Dulles for 25 years. One traveler on the flight was selected as the person to receive the symbolic honor of being passenger number 500 million. The Los Angeles-bound passenger and his wife were presented with a framed picture of the iconic airport terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, as well as a parking voucher good for…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A trio of panelists promoted the opportunities they believe rail to Loudoun represents as partners await Loudoun’s decision.
Attendees of Wednesday's Loudoun Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast discussion on proposed Metro service to Loudoun heard more about a study that touted the positives impacts and that the commonwealth might be willing to pay more than the $150 million recently approved. While the breakfast session focused on the study Stephen S. Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, performed on the projects financial impacts to the region, Virginia Sec. of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton told the audience the state may contribute more once some things are worked through with the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority. “The governor, who is from Northern Virginia, knows is it critical to extend rail to Dulles and …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Supervisors who question rail project are pondering a question some thought was answered long ago.
In what appears to be preparation for supporting a vote against Loudoun’s participation in phase two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, if that becomes the most politically tenable thing to do, some members of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors have turned to an alternative that many thought was taken off the table long ago—whether buses are a better alternative, at least for now. Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) uttered a single word during a Metro work session May 3 that made his views clear after County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) asked how best to expand transportation capacity with few options to widen pavement in east-west corridors between Loudoun and job centers to the east. “Buses,” Reid said, with a chuckle. Several …