Washington Dulles International Airport is often referred to as Dulles Airport, Washington Dulles, or simply Dulles, is an airport in the eastern United States. It occupies an area of 13,000 acres, and is the larger of two major Washington, D.C. airports.
IAD is 26 miles (42 km) west of downtown Washington D.C. The airport is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Airport Stats & Facts
- IAD is one of the three major airports in the larger Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area with more than 24 million passengers a year.
- Of any airport in the Mid-Atlantic outside the New York metropolitan area, Dulles Airport IAD has the most international passenger traffic.
- More than 60,000 passengers pass through IAD, to and from over 125 destinations around the world, on a typical day.
Airport Traveling Tips
- Dulles Airport is busy during the morning hours between 4:00 am to 5:00 am and 10:00 to 11:00 am.
- Passengers are advised to arrive 3 hours before an international flight departure, and 2 hours before a domestic flight to account for TSA security wait times and any possible delays.
- Please take a look at the IAD Airport Map before visiting the airport for a flight.
- International Passengers connecting to another flight will need to re-check their luggage and go through screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- For picking up a passenger, visitors can wait in the cell phone lot, or use the parking option.
- Passengers can be dropped off outside the terminal.
- For arriving flights: Arriving flight status provides Dulles Airport arrival times, gate information, time to land, and delays.
- For departing flights: Departing flights status shows actual vs scheduled departure, map tracking, departure times, flight delays, and gate information.
- To get the best fares book a flight at IAD Airport.
Dulles Airport consists of a Main Terminal and 2 parallel Midfield Terminals - Concourse A/B and Concourse C/D. There are 123 gates at the entire terminal complex. For additional information, and to see the terminal location please refer to the IAD Airport Terminal Map.
The main terminal houses ticketing on the upper level, and baggage claim on the lower level. This terminal is a well-known landmark designed by Eero Saarinen.
This is further divided into two concourses:
Concourse A and B - Some United Express Flights and all non-United flights operate out of these 2 concourses.
Concourse A - This concourse has 47 gates and is primarily used for international flights.
Concourse B - This concourse has 28 gates. It also has an underground walkway to connect it to the main terminal.
Concourse C and D - Concourse C/D are solely used for United Airlines. Both the concourses C and D have 22 gates each.
Dulles International Airport is a hub for United Airlines. It also serves various other airlines including United Express, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada Express, and more.
Short-Term & Long-Term Parking
Parking at IAD is available at the terminal. From hourly to daily to long-term, and more, various parking options are available at the Dulles Airport.
Many parking lots offer economical off-airport parking near Dulles Airport. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24/7 access.
For ground transportation, passengers have a variety of options to choose from, after arriving at the airport. The various options include buses, car rentals, airport shuttles, etc. Many passengers also opt for ride services such as Uber, Lyft, and Taxis.
Car Rentals are easily available at IAD Airport.
- The rental cars pickup are at Curb 2C and Curb 2D. There are many car rental agencies onsite at the airport.
- Some of the well-known providers include Enterprise, Hertz, National, and more.
- Passengers are advised to check with their rental car company about the planned trips to and from Dulles Airport.
Buses & Trains
For all the major nearby locations, public transportation is one of the most economical options and is easily available outside the airport.
- Buses are available at 2E and Bus Route 983 serves the museum and Route 981 operates out of museum hours.
Airport Shuttles are aa economical way to travel from Dulles International Airport.
- Various shuttles are available on the ground transportation level. You can get a ride to almost any nearby location with the availability of various shuttle services.
Amenities & Services
To help you have an amazing stay, Dulles International Airport provides visitors with different amenities and services including:
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Massage bars, and shoe shine stations.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the airport.
- Currency exchange.
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
Address: 45020 Aviation Drive, Chantilly, VA 20166, USA
Phone: (703) 572 2700
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Dulles International Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- In 1958, President Eisenhower chose the current site of the airport.
- The airport was Loudoun County's first official airport consisting of two grass intersecting runways in the shape of an “X.”
- In 1958, the main terminal was designed, and it is highly regarded for its graceful beauty.
- On November 17, 1962, the airport was opened by President John F. Kennedy and Eisenhower.
- In 1965, IAD averaged 89 airline operations a day.
- In 1968, Dulles Airport’s code was changed to IAD from DIA.
- In 1984, the original name, Dulles International Airport was changed to Washington Dulles International Airport.
- In1995, the first flight of the Boeing 777-200 in commercial service, a United Airlines flight from London Heathrow, landed at Dulles.
- In 2007, 24.7 million passengers passed through the airport.
- In November 2008, a third parallel north-south runway opened on the west side of the airfield.
- A new and permanent Concourse C/D (also called "Tier 2") is planned as part of the D2 Dulles Development Project.
5 Things to do at Dulles Airport
But, is there anything to do near Dulles? We have for you, our weary travelers...
There is nothing like a little retail therapy to ease the pain of strandedness. Near Dulles you have two main options:
Reston Town Center Distance from IAD: 6.0 mi http://www.restontowncenter.com/ This outdoor location offers over 50 stores, 30 restaurants, a huge movie theater, festivals year round and an ice-skating rink in the wintertime; a perfect place to spend a few hours and relax.
Dulles Town Center Distance from IAD: 7.5 mi http://www.shopdullestowncenter.com This is your “Mall of Malls”. It is a 1.4 million square foot facility that boasts 185 fine retailers, 5 department stores, 23 quick food providers and 10 sit down restaurants. You may end up needing another suitcase if you spend your layover here.
The Dulles area has plenty of great eats, all within a two mile radius. Choose any of these establishments to satiate your cravings:
Hama Sushi (0.9 mi)
Minerva (0.9 mi)
Bertucci's (1.1 mi)
Charlie Chiangs Herndon (1.4 mi)
Pei Wei Asian Diner (1.6 mi)
Zeffirelli Ristorante (2.2 mi)
Angeethi (2.3 mi)
The Tortilla Restaurant (2.3 mi)
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon (2.5 mi)
National Air and Space Museum-Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Distance from IAD: 5.4mi http://www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy/
Everyone knows about the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, and if you ever find yourself visiting (read: stranded) at Dulles again with a longer stay, this place is a must-see. However, coming in at a close second is the National Air and Space Museum-Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Basically, the Smithsonian had an overflow of items in the air and space category, so they opened this facility to showcase the excess...combined, the two locations showcase the largest collection of aviation and space related artifacts on the planet.
Dulles Golf Center and Sports Park Distance from IAD: 6.8mi http://www.dullesgolfcenter.com/
Take out your stress on a golf ball or baseball at this location; which has been voted among the top 100 golf ranges in the country. The location features heated driving range stalls, power tees, beach volleyball, miniature golf, batting cages...you name it. Blow off some steam here...not when you finally board your flight leaving IAD airport.
Frying Pan Park/Farm
Distance from IAD: 4.0mi http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/kidwell.htm
Take off the suit and get your hands dirty...Frying Pan Park offers a complete 180 from the frenzied terminals of Dulles at their rural heritage demonstration farm. You can meet draft horses, cows, pigs, chickens, take a wagon ride and watch farm hands work just as they would have in the 1930‘s. Seems like an idyllic scene doesn’t it? Until the quiet is shattered when the plane you were supposed to be on flies overhead. So Washington Dulles is not a horrible place for that unplanned layover, and you don’t have to go all the way into the “District” for some great layover diversions. Sometimes the best life has to offer is found in that unexpected stop.