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For Immediate Release
November 21, 2013

Washington’s Airports Annual Holiday Travel Tips
Travelers Can Expect Frequent Updates via Social Media and Parking Specials

Each year the travel industry prepares for the busiest travel season of the year, which begins around Thanksgiving and ends in the New Year. At Reagan National and Dulles International airports more than 1 million passengers are expected to travel through the two airports during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. In addition to its own preparations to help passengers at Washington’s airports enjoy their experience, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has special offers and airport tips for travelers as they prepare to take flight to visit family and friends. 

Enjoy Parking Deals at Dulles:

Dulles International Airport is offering parking specials for passengers. Passengers who park in the Dulles garages for four consecutive days between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2 can receive one of the four days free. Customers should print the coupon found at and present it to the cashier when leaving the garage in order to take advantage of the deal. In addition to a free day of parking, travelers who park in the garage will be able to quickly reach the terminal through passenger walkways or ride a shuttle to the terminal with ease, while their car is protected from the elements.

Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook:

Reagan National and Dulles International will be frequently updating their social media channels with information about travel tips and conditions to help passengers move with ease through the airports. Passengers can follow each airport via Twitter @Dulles_Airport and @Reagan_Airport or through Facebook at /FlyDulles and /ReaganAirport.

Get Started Early:

The Thanksgiving holiday rush is likely to start on Friday, Nov. 22, and continue through Monday, Dec. 2. Peak travel times are typically during the early morning (5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.) and late afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). There could also be a mid-day peak (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Passengers are advised to arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight, especially during these peak times.

Additionally, Airport Ambassadors — wearing distinctive yellow shirts — and Travelers Aid volunteers — wearing blue blazers — will be available to give directions, answer questions and offer assistance to passengers.

Try Something New:

Additional Holiday Travel Tips:

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was established in 1987 by the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia to manage and operate Washington’s Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Va. No taxpayer money is used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Silver Line construction is funded by a combination of toll-road revenues, airport contributions and federal, state and local government appropriations. The Airports Authority is led by a 17-member board of directors appointed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the president of the United States.