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Good news continues to land safely at Washington-Dulles International Airport, as the airport launches new travel connections and jets toward the future.
Dulles Airport is Loudoun County’s gateway to the global economy, providing non-stop service to 81 domestic and 57 international destinations.
In the last 12 months alone, Dulles has added new service to more places around the world:
- New Air India service to Delhi, India
- New Frontier service to San Antonio, Texas, and Ontario, Calif.
- New Cathay Pacific service to Hong Kong
- New Volaris service to San Salvador, El Salvador, and San Jose, Costa Rica
Additionally, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Vice President of Airline Business Development Yil Surehan tells Flight Global that Shanghai, China, and Tel Aviv, Israel, are two of the next “most important targets” for flight connections.
United, which is the largest airline and largest employer at Dulles, announced plans to expand coverage to domestic airports in Chattanooga, Ithaca, Plattsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year.
“Dulles is a great hub,” said Andrew Nocella, chief commercial officer of United, told Flight Global in April. “We continue to evaluate how to take advantage of [unused gate space]. I think there’s opportunity to grow that in the future.”
Part of that growth comes through connecting traffic from smaller airports to larger destinations. This gives businesses and residents in Loudoun County access to both smaller and larger markets.
“Dulles is a great connecting hub for us,” Ankit Gupta, vice president of domestic network planning at United, told Flight Global. “We want to position Dulles as somewhere you can travel from across the globe, but also be able to connect to from all up and down the East Coast.”
This is one reason why Dulles Airport has become an international model for success. Last August, Loudoun County and MWAA coordinated to host a delegation from Sao Paulo, Brazil to see how airports can anchor regional economic growth and development.
For more information on Dulles International Airport’s impact on Loudoun’s economy, visit our Aviation and Transportation page. To open a business in Loudoun County, please contact Swanka Burnette, or call 1-(800)-LOUDOUN.