Year-over-year passenger counts at both Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport rose in May, according to new data, as the dominant carriers at each facility offered, and filled, more seats than in 2018.
Both airports saw counts of approximately 2.2 million departing and arriving passengers for the month, according to figures reported July 8 by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. For Dulles, that was an increase of 6.4 percent, for Reagan National 3.5 percent – with the 4.5 million passengers at the two airports representing a 4.9-percent increase from May 2018.
At Washington Dulles, dominant United Airlines saw an increase in enplanements of nearly 12 percent due to 395 more scheduled flights and 53,000 more available seats than in May 2018. Delta also posted an increase in enplanements at Dulles (to 110,088), as did a number of international carriers, but Alaska, Frontier, Southwest and American all showed declines for various reasons.
At Reagan National, enplanements on dominant carrier American Airlines grew nearly 6 percent to 552,187, due to larger planes being used on a number of routes. Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and Air Canada all posted year-over-year increases, while United saw a decline in its passenger totals at Reagan National.
For the first five months of the year, passenger totals are up 4.5 percent at Dulles, 1.9 percent at Reagan National and 3.2 percent overall.
At Washington Dulles for May, domestic cargo was up 5.4 percent while international cargo declined by 13.5 percent for an overall drop of 6.9 percent to 23,700 metric tons for the month.
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