Press Release

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

Wednesday, January 14, 1998

Dulles Airport Expands With New Concourse B

Alexandria, VA— On February 1, 1998, the newest addition to Washington Dulles International Airport will open for business serving both domestic and international passengers.

Concourse B, located midway between the Main Terminal and the midfield Concourses C and D, will open with seventeen new airline gates.

Said James A. Wilding, General Manager/CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, "This new concourse enables us to keep pace with the continuing growth at Dulles International. As we continue to attract new air service, especially on international routes, it is important to keep our facilities competitive and to add amenities that travelers expect in today's market."

Currently there are 193 weekly departures on 21 international airlines from Dulles serving 29 foreign markets. It is estimated that over the last five years the number of passengers using Washington Dulles International has grown 25 per cent. In the recently-ended year l997, Dulles served over 13.7 million passengers. Of those, almost 3 million were on international flights.

The section of Concourse B which opens in February is the first phase of the facility which will be occupied. The additional airlines and customer amenities will move in during the next few months. Concourse B is a 424,00 square foot building that stretches 1,440 feet long and 142 feet wide.

The building design is a combination of open space with extensive use of natural light. The waiting areas for the airlines gates are doubled in size to provide flexibility for the various sized aircraft that will use the facility. Waiting areas are bordered by a secured corridor to provide service for arriving international passengers who must pass through customs and immigration inspection upon arrival.

A complete range of concessions will open over the next few months in the new Concourse B with over 10, 600 square feet of retail space and nearly 7,000 square feet of food and beverage

In addition, 3,000 square feet of duty free shopping facilities will be provided.

Expected shops include: Sweet Factory; Faber News & Gifts; America; Bally; Liz Claiborne; Sunglass Hut; Watch Station; World News; Retail Court.

Food and beverage choices will include: Ben & Jerry’s; Samuel Adams; Old Dominion Brewery; Starbucks Coffee and Deli; California Pizza Kitchen/ASAP; and Burger King.

Passengers using Concourse B will continue to check in at the ticketing counters in the Main Terminal and take the Mobile Lounges from that building to the Concourse.

Work will soon begin on a Pedestrian Tunnel, equipped with moving sidewalks, that will connect the new Concourse B with the Main Terminal. This will give passengers an alternative option to using the mobile lounges.

Concourse B was constructed on an accelerated schedule in just over two years at a cost of $130 million.

The next stage of construction at Dulles will include new parking facilities and the completion of a maintenance facility for Atlantic Coast Airlines which is the second largest airline at Dulles providing regional service and connections to United Airlines flights.