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April 16, 2013

Tips Regarding Potential Airport Effects
U.S. Government Agency Budget Cuts

Reagan National and Dulles International Beginning to See
Limitied Passenger Impacts of 'Sequestration'

There has been much publicity about the possible effects of federal budget cuts called “Sequestration” on aviation – from increased wait times to reduced flight schedules.

Reagan National and Dulles International Airports will continue to operate regardless of possible federal reductions. Terminal facilities, parking, shuttle buses, rental cars, shops and restaurants also will continue to operate.

However, certain support systems staffed by federal agencies may be impacted by staffing changes as a result of Sequestration. Airport managers are working closely with federal agencies to determine specific impacts on federal services to provide the best available guidance to customers of Reagan National and Dulles International. 

The airports will continue to monitor for updates and present the latest information here. Below is a list of federal agencies with significant impacts on airport passenger travel and any effects to passengers as a result of Sequestration:

            Dulles International Airport (IAD)
            Current Impact on Passengers: No noticeable impact to wait times at security checkpoints or baggage
            Peak Times at Checkpoints: Generally from 6:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-noon, 2:00 p.m.
            Potential Future Impact: Possible increased wait times at security checkpoints and delays screening

            Reagan National Airport (DCA)
            Current Impact on Passengers: Security checkpoint wait times have increased by several minutes at
            peak travel times, with no noticeable changes in off-peak wait times.
            Peak Times at Checkpoints:
Generally from 5:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
            Potential Future Impacts: Possible increased wait times at security checkpoints and delays screening

Until additional federal guidance is available, here are some general tips to improve your airport experience: