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For Immediate Release
Friday, January 11, 2013


Airport Travel Tips for Inauguration Visitors
Airline Passengers on Jan. 22 Should Arrive 2-4 Hours Before Flight Time

Passengers at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports should be prepared for extra crowds and congestion on Jan. 22, the day following the Presidential Inauguration. While the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority does not anticipate any unusual operational issues that day, an influx of passengers may produce longer waits than usual at airline ticket counters and security checkpoints. If inclement weather occurs, passengers should monitor their flight status directly with their airline and follow the Airports Authority’s twitter feed or mwaa.com/snow for airport updates.

The airports experienced crowded terminals on the day following the 2009 Inauguration when numerous passengers arrived many hours before their scheduled flight time. This year, the Airports Authority is working with local tourism organizations to encourage relaxed hotel check-out times and streamline the transport of guests to the airport. More information about ground transportation is available by visiting mwaa.com and selecting an airport. Airport police will monitor the curbsides to ensure smooth traffic flow in passenger drop-off areas.

Passenger flight arrivals in the days before the Jan. 21 Inauguration are not expected to produce unusual operational issues at the airport. Our airports have plenty of capacity to handle the expected activity.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 is expected to be a busy day at Reagan National and Dulles International as Inauguration visitors check out of local hotels and travel to the airports. While airport staffing will be optimized on this date, passengers are asked to follow these important travel tips:

Here are some additional tips to speed your travel through the terminals: