Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a public airport located 8 kilometers away from downtown Washington D.C in Arlington, Virginia in the United States. The airport serves the National Capital Region around Washington. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a hub for American Airlines. The airport was built in 1941 on an area of 861 acres of land with the modern Architectural style. The airport was originally known as Washington National Airport and its current name was adopted in honor of President Ronald Reagan in 1998. 

The airport is owned by the Department of Transportation and operated by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority with close oversight by the federal government caused by the proximity to the national capital. The airport has a constraint to capacity due to its smallness and does not have US immigration and customs facilities.

The airport opened in June 16th, 1964, before the entry of US into the World War II.

Ronald Reagan Airport Codes

The codes for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport are as follows;

  • IATA: DCA,
  • ICAO: KDCA and

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Arrivals and Departure

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Jobs and Careers

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Address and Phone Number

The official website for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport where you can get information and important updates about the airport is and the customer service number is +1 703-417-8000.

Ronald Reagan Airport Accidents and Incidents

In 1945 on April 27th, Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar of Page Airways, bound for New York crashed into a deep ditch at the end of runway 33 during an abort of takeoff due to failure of its engines. 6 passengers of the 13 aboard were killed in the crash.

There was a mid-air collision between an Eastern Air Lines passenger aircraft and a P-38 Military plane in 1949, the 1st of November which took the lives of 55 passengers.

In 1949 December 12th, Capital Airlines Flight 500, stalled and crashed into the Potomac River while on approach to the airport and took away the lives of six of the 23 passengers and crew on board.

On January 13th, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed after a 49 minutes wait due to harsh weather conditions. The plane took off with ice and snow on its wings and at the end of the runway, it failed to gain altitude and struck the 14th street Bridge complex and sheared off the vehicles stuck in traffic, and plunged into the 1-inch thick ice covering Potomac River. Five occupants survived and the other aboard perished.

Reagan Airport Ground transportation

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located on the G.W Memorial Parkway, connected US route 1 by the Airport overpass. The airport is accessible by bicycle and foot from Mt. Vernon Trail, as well as the footpath along the Airport overpass (State Route 33), which connects the airport grounds to the US Route 1. 48 bike parking spots are available across 6 bike racks. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has a bus station that is meant to facilitate movements of people in and around the airport. It is located on an elevated outdoor platform adjacent to terminals B and C. there are two pedestrian tracks connecting the stations to lobbies of Terminals B and C. The pedestrian tracks located underground and shuttle services provide access to Terminal A. Before the Metro stations open up or any disruption to regular Metro services Metrobus provide service on weekend mornings. 

Ronald Reagan Airport Terminals

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has 4 terminals, namely Terminal A, B, C and D. It has 46 gates with 9 gates in Terminal A, 12 in Terminal B and 25 in Terminal C.

Terminal A

Terminal A was opened in 1941 and expanded in 1955 to accommodate more travelers and commercial airlines. From 2004 and 2008, the terminal underwent a $37m renovation that modernized the airport’s look by bringing in brighter lights, more windows and new flooring. This development was finalized in 2014, with the extension of TSA security checkpoint. The gates in Terminal A are named from gate 1-9.

Terminal B & C

These are the largest and newest terminals of the airport, opened in 1997, replacing a collection of airline-specific terminals, built in the 1960’s. It houses 35 gates. The terminals are directly connected to the WMATA station through the indoor pedestrian passages. Gates 10-22 of Terminal B houses Alaska Airlines, Delta and United. Gates 23-34 of Terminal B houses American and JetBlue. Terminal C is exclusive to American for their hub at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The National Hall is the corridor connecting the three concourses of Terminal B and C. Terminal B houses a Delta Sky Club and United Club.

Terminal D

A new concourse north of Terminal C is under construction, and it is anticipated that it will accommodate 14 new regional jets. This will see it replace Gate 35X, which is currently used to ferry passengers to and from American Eagle flights, that use parking spots on the ramp. The construction started in Feb 2018 and is projected for completion by 2021.

Ronald Reagan Airport Runways

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was originally constructed with 4 runways which are the main north-south runway which is 6,855 ft. long; northwest-southeast runway which is 5210 ft. long; northeast-southwest runway which is 4,892 ft. long and an east-west runway at 4,100 ft. long. The runways have been gradually changing in length, except for the east-west runway which was closed in 1956 which is now used for taxing and aircraft parking. With one exception, only 3 runways are functional, of which overruns were added, for example, the north-south runway which was 6,855 ft. long is now 6,869 ft. northeast-southwest runway which was 4,892 ft. long is now 4,911 ft. 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Facilities


The airport has 4 lounges offering airline club members. They are found after the security checkpoint (3rd floor). They include American Admirals Club, Delta Sky Club and United Club, as discussed here

Baggage carts

Smarte Carte carts are offered by DCA for rent, which are found in the Parking garages. They are rented out for $5.00 per cart. At Terminal A, they are located behind the Information Counter and along the taxi cab entrance. At Terminal B, they are located outside the Metrorail location, Baggage Claim, between Baggage Claim 1 and2 opposite door 3, outside Baggage Claim 3 via6 opposite doors 4 and 5 and Baggage Claim 7 and 8, opposite doors 8 and 9. At Terminal C, they are found outside Metrorail location, outside baggage claim 8 and 9, inside baggage claim 11 and outside baggage carousel 12 opposite door 10. 

Baggage Storage

The baggage storage and delivery service is offered by BagHop, which is currently unavailable. DCA and their associates are apologetic for every inconvenience caused by that act. Due to this, customers can either store their luggage or have them delivered to a nearby hotel. This facility is to be found on the Baggage claim at Terminals B and C between doors 5 and 6. 

Charging stations

DCA has all your electronic charge demands covered. Charging stations are located throughout the airport. All you have to do is to look for a “power up” signage. Just don’t forget to carry your charger when you are fully charged!

There are also EV charging stations at no extra cost. They can be located in the parking. Standard parking rates apply. 

Foreign Currency Exchange 

At DCA, this facility is located at the lobby level near Terminal C. It operates daily from 9 am – 5 pm. The services offered include: worldwide currency exchange, photocopies, receiving traveler’s checks, wired money services, notary public and limited US postal services. 

For more information, contact 703-417-3201. 

Free Wi-Fi

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport ensures through your travel into or out of the US, you still remain connected to the rest of the world through their free wireless internet connectivity. All you have to do is to turn on your Wi-Fi enabled device and select FlyReagan network. A splash screen will then appear. You then key in your email address and zip/postal code. If you are an international customer, on the zip/postal select ‘yes’ bypass it. By clicking ‘connect’ you accept the Wi-Fi terms and conditions. 

Interfaith Chapel

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Chapel is located at the southern end of Concourse B behind Dunkin Donuts. It offers travelers a place to fellowship with their god. It is also open to people who need to read and pray. For those who need additional guidance and, the chaplaincy are willing to do so. There are also trained volunteers, who bridge the community resources and churches throughout the Washington DC metro area.  

The worship services are as follows:

Protestant Worship – Sunday, 11:00 am 

Catholic Mass – Sunday, 12 noon

Prayer times (non-clergy led)

Jewish prayer times – daily at 12 noon

Islamic prayer times – daily at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm

The chaplaincy team consists of Rev. Nace Lanier as the senior Chaplain and Rev. Ann Smith, Rev. Andrew Phillips and Rev James Hayes as the Assistant Chaplains. 

Nursing rooms

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has 3 nursing rooms located within the airport, which are reserved for nursing mothers travelling through the airport. These rooms have a rocking chair, electrical outlets, shelf, mirror, hand sanitizer and a baby changing table. In Terminal A, a nursing room is located just before TSA Security Checkpoint. At Terminal B/C, the two nursing rooms are located near Tumi on National Hall.

Pet Relief Areas

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport staff is also mindful of our animals. That’s why they reserved special rooms designated for those who travelled with their pets. In Terminal A, they are located adjacent to Door 1 and Door 5 at both ends of the overhang. At Terminal B, they are located opposite South Metrorail Station Entrance. At Terminal C, they are located across the North Metrorail Station Entrance. 

Pet Relief Areas are marked and contain waste bags and receptacles at your convenience. 

Smoking Guidelines

Smoking in the airport, at least 10 feet away from Terminal buildings unless marked. Ashtrays are also provided outside the entrance. This policy is in accordance with MWAA regulations, Virginia Indoor Clean Air act Va. Code Section 15.2-2820 et seq: and Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. Violation of this policy is punishable by a civil penalty of $25.00 and is enforced by the Airport Police and Fire Code Enforcement Division personnel.

Ronald Reagan Airport Airlines and Destinations

Air Canada ExpressMontreal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Alaska AirlinesLos Angeles, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
American AirlinesAtlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago–O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, TampaSeasonal: Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, West Palm Beach
American EagleAkron/Canton, Albany, Asheville, Atlanta, Augusta (GA), Bangor, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago–O’Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus–Glenn, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jackson (MS), Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Key West, Knoxville, Lansing, Little Rock, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montgomery, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Panama City (FL), Pensacola, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester (NY), Sarasota, Savannah, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Toronto–Pearson, West Palm Beach, Wilmington (NC)Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Hilton Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Nassau, Traverse City
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Delta ConnectionBoston, Cincinnati, Lexington, Madison, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Omaha, Raleigh/Durham
Frontier AirlinesDenver
JetBlueBoston, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Nassau, Orlando, San Juan, Tampa, West Palm BeachSeasonal: Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket
Southwest AirlinesAtlanta, Austin, Chicago–Midway, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Providence, St. Louis, Tampa, West Palm Beach (begins January 5th, 2021)Seasonal: Fort Myers
United AirlinesChicago–O’Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, San Francisco
United ExpressChicago–O’Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark

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