Washington Dulles IAD Airport Overview
Washington Dulles International Airport IAD is the larger of two major Washingon, D.C. airports and handles both domestic & international air traffic. (While Dulles Airport is actually situated in Virginia, Reagan National Airport is within short reach of the Nation's capital Washington D.C.)
IAD Airport is located within both communities of Chantilly and Dulles, Virginia, but is 26 miles west of the central business district of Washington, D.C. The Washington Capital Beltway I-495 (north to Baltimore, south to Richmond) has two new ramps leading directly into the Airport.
With four long runways, and an estimated yearly passenger count of 23 million, Washington Dulles Airport serves as East Coast hub for United Airlines, which accounts for over half of the total air traffic, and is served by a multitude of domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
Washington Dulles International Airport has a large Main PassengerTerminal with Z Gates, and Midfield Concourses A/B and C/D.
1. Arriving domestic flights and flights from airports with U.S. border preclearance are serviced directly at the concourses, while all other international flights are processed through the International Arrivals Building (IAB), which streamlines its passenger flow from the Arrivals Hall all the way through to the passenger greeting area (and down the escalator to the underground AeroTrain for connecting to Concourses A, B & C) .
2. IAB is designed to serve up to 2,400 passengers an hour. During the busiest airport hours of 5:30am - 8am, 11am - 1pm, and 3:30pm - 5:30pm, it is advisable to arrive at the Main Terminal no later than two hours prior to scheduled domestic flights and three hours for international flights.
3.TSA Pre-Check is available for eligible passengers who fly on participating airlines (visit globalentry.gov)
4. Waiting times at the Main Terminal's east & west security mezzanine-level checkpoints are displayed in real time and you can opt for the line with the shortest waiting time.
Present and Future Airport Developments:
1. Presently, the AeroTrain System operates underground on dual track and runs between Main Terminal and Concourses A, B, & C only, while Concourse D is still served by shuttle buses. Its temporary C-Gate station is beneath the site for a future Concourse, ultimately replacing the present C/D Concourse.
2. Concourse Z is to be expanded.
3. Construction of the Washington D.C. to Dulles Metro Rail (via Silver Line) involves a 23-mile extension of Metro's existing Orange line from East Falls Church West to Dulles Airport and Loudon County. Under Phase 1 service, scheduled for September 2013, it will run from the East Falls Church Metro Station westward with four stations in Tysons Corner to the Wiehle Avenue Station at the eastern edge of Reston. Work on Phase 2 (at $1.4B) had already begun, involving another 11.4 miles to the Airport and is scheduled for 2016--with six stations: Reston Town center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles Airport, Routes 606 & 772/Ashburn.
4. A fifth runway, the east-west runway with 10,500 feet in length, parallel to runway 12-30 is in the planning stages.
Washington Dulles IAD Airport Update History
- IAD Airports - Oct 25, 2013
- IAD Airport Intro - Oct 10, 2013
- IAD Main Terminals - Oct 10, 2013
- IAD Buses & Trains - Oct 2, 2013
- IAD Rental Cars - Sep 26, 2013
- IAD Food & Stores - Sep 16, 2013
- IAD Lost Found - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Official Website Links - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Persons With Disabilities - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Pets - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Smoking - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Internet - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Int Arrivals - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Banking ATM - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Business Services - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Carts Skycap - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Chapel - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Currency Exchange - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Emergency - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Guest Services - Aug 28, 2013
- IAD Taxis & Limos - Jul 30, 2013
- IAD Parking On site - Jun 29, 2013