Reagan National Airport $1 Billion Upgrade Project Gets Underway

By Paul Riegler on 22 March 2017
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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport announced the start of construction for Project Journey, a $1 billion program that includes the construction of a new concourse and an expanded secure area linking the two terminals that connect to National Hall.

The first phase of the work, dubbed “Secure National Hall,” will result in the creation of two new security checkpoints to be built above the arrivals roadway, replacing the three separate security checkpoints for each of National Hall’s three concourses. Currently, National Hall is before security.

Once the two new checkpoints have been completed, which is expected to happen by 2020, the three existing checkpoints will be removed, thereby creating a “free-flowing post-security environment,” the airport said on its website for the project.

This means that passengers will be able to go anywhere within Terminals B and C without having to clear security more than one time.

In addition, a new concourse for American Airlines’ regional operations will be built on the site of what is now the Airports Authority headquarters building. Airport staff will relocate to a building in Crystal City, Virginia and the new concourse will replace the regional operation and its 14 remote parking positions. The new concourse will have 14 modern jetbridge gates and be accessible from National Hall.

The impact of the construction is expected to be minimal because it will only affect the portion of the airport where the administrative offices are located.

Reagan National, which was named for the 40th president in 1998, is a hub for American Airlines, which is the airport’s largest carrier. American operates near-hourly shuttle service to New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston and Delta Air Lines operates a similar service using the name Delta Shuttle to LaGuardia’s Marine Air Terminal.

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