Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport served a combined total of 42 million passengers in 2011, according to figures released by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Jack Potter, the Authority’s President and CEO, said that he was pleased with the results, adding that: “We will continue to work to keep the Washington region one of the stronger air service markets in the country for both passengers and cargo.”
Reagan National served 18.8 million passengers last year, an almost 4% increase over 2010 and ahead of the national average growth of 1.5%.
Dulles International had 23.2 million passengers, continuing to serve the highest number of travellers among the area’s three airports. However, this was a 1.6% decrease from the previous year, despite international and transborder passengers rising 1.6% to 6.5 million.
International traffic at Dulles has risen every year since 2003 and the Airports Authority has recently expanded the International Arrivals Building as a result of this growth.