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Washington National Airport (DCA)

Airlines, Parking, and Ground Transportation


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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, commonly known as National Airport, is located just 4 miles from downtown Washington, DC in Arlington County, Virginia. See a map. National Airport has a short runway that limits the size of the aircraft to a maximum of a Boeing 767. The airport provides domestic flights and a few flights to Canada and the Caribbean. Shuttles depart every half hour to New York and Boston.

For information about flight reservations and pricing, you'll have to call the specific airline directly or check online with a reservation service.

Airlines Serving National Airport

Air Canada
Air Canada Jazz
Alaska Airlines
America West Airlines
American Airlines
American Eagle
Continental Express
Delta Connection
Delta Shuttle
Frontier Airlines
Midwest Airlines
Northwest Airlines
Spirit Airlines
United Airlines
US Airways
US Airways Shuttle
US Airways Express

Recent Improvements to Security Screening

Reagan National was among the first airports in the country to debut TSA Pre-Check. This program opens expedited screening lanes to frequent flyers of Delta, Alaska and US Airways, active members of the U.S. military who show their "CAC" (Common Access Card) at the checkpoint and passengers enrolled in "Global Entry."

Parking at National Airport

Parking lots provide hourly, daily and economy parking. Daily parking and hourly parking is available in Parking Garages A, B, and C and Lot A-2. Courtesy shuttle buses are available from the parking lots to the terminals, although the garages are within walking distance of the terminals. Parking spaces are limited at National Airport. During peak travel times, parking lots may be full. Passengers are advised to call (703) 417-PARK, or (703) 417-7275 before driving to the Airport. Read more about airport parking

Ground Transportation

Taxicabs are readily available outside the terminal. Advance reservations are not needed.

SuperShuttle, a van service offers shared rides within the metropolitan area. For information, call 1-800-BLUEVAN.

Rental Cars On-site include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National.

The Washington Metrorail has an elevated station connected to the concourse level of terminals B and C at National Airport. For more information, call (202) 637-7000.

Got an early morning flight? You may want to considering staying overnight at a hotel near National Airport. See Hotels Near National

History of National Airport

In 1941, a new airport was needed to satisfy the demand for a facility to serve Washington DC and to replace two small airports called Hoover and Washington National which were located on the site where the Pentagon now sits. The Army Corps of Engineers built a dike around 500 acres and pumped gravel from the river bed into that space creating the airport’s airfield. The site was selected by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Airport opened on June 16, 1941. The airport served 344,000 passengers that first year. Today, National Airport serves more than 18 million passengers per year. On February 6, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the bill that changed the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In 1997, a new complex opened with the construction of Terminal B/C, an entirely new two-level roadway system, two parking garages, and direct connections to the Washington Metrorail. The historic Terminal A was carefully restored in recent years with extensive work done on the façade, and it still serves the traveling public via the six airlines that are located there.

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