Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
1 Aviation Circle - Washington, DC 20001-6000 - (703) 417-8370 - Fax: (703) 417-8371

Wednesday, January 06, 1999

Dulles Airport Sets Record for Growth

Alexandria, VA— For the first time since its opening in 1962, Washington Dulles International Airport has topped the 15 million passenger mark and all indications point to continued strong growth in 1999.

Said President/CEO James A. Wilding of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, "Dulles is truly now beginning to fulfill its potential. We are entering an exciting and very challenging period in aviation growth and air service to the Washington region, and it will take all of our planning and management skills to prepare our facilities at Dulles to take full advantage of these opportunities."

In 1997, the growth line began its sharp ascent when Dulles served one million additional passengers over the previous year. Preliminary figures show that yearly growth number will reach the two million mark for 1998 with a total number of Dulles passengers at approximately 15.7 million.

A combination of a strong economy, airport expansion and new air service has translated into a record year for Dulles. In 1998, the Airports Authority opened Concourse B which now provides state of the art passenger boarding areas and new food and retail amenities, and broke ground for the construction of a new Regional Concourse which will provide upgraded passenger facilities for Atlantic Coast customers this spring.

As a result of these new facilities and marketing efforts, the Airports Authority has attracted new airlines as well as enabled incumbent airlines to expand their service and number of flights.

1998 saw expansion of air service to the following markets:

United Airlines launched an entirely new schedule of late evening flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt as well as to many U.S. destinations which feed those international flights.

ANA increased flights and now operates daily to Tokyo.

Ethiopian Airlines, Dulles’ first African flag carrier, started direct service to Addis Ababa.

Atlantic Coast/United Express Airlines introduced regional jet service to several new markets along the east coast.

MetroJet, the new low fare service operated by US Airways, began service to Florida destinations in late December with plans to increase service and cities by spring. This now brings a total of three low fare airlines serving Dulles -- MetroJet, Delta Express and AirTran.

United inaugurated daily Munich, Germany service.

American and United began daily nonstop service to San Jose, California, linking high tech business communities in the east and west coast.

Delta Airlines increased its Atlanta service and Delta Express began low fare service to Tampa.

US Airways introduced hourly service to Boston.

In November of 1998, passenger traffic at Dulles increased nearly 22% over the previous November. This is the fastest growth rate Dulles has experienced in its history.