Southwest Coming to Reagan National

Whiles its local service is concentrated at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Southwest Airlines has become more of a presence at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. (Photo by Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines)

Year-over-year passenger traffic was up to start the year at Washington Dulles International Airport, but was flat at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and down at Baltimore-Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport.

With 1,600,319 passengers coming and going in January, the passenger count at Dulles was up 1.6 percent from a year ago, according to data from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

All the growth was on the domestic-passenger side, where the total rose 4 percent. International travelers saw a decline of 2.7 percent. United Airlines remained the dominant carrier; counting its regional-carrier affiliates, the airline controlled 63 percent of the passenger total at Dulles.

With a January passenger count of 1,619,966, traffic at Reagan National showed almost no change from a year before. American Airlines retained its position as dominant carrier, with a market share of 51.4 percent.

At BWI – operated by the Maryland state government – January’s passenger total of 1,793,612 was down 5.2 percent, largely due to a decline at dominant Southwest, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of all passengers using the airport.

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