Record passenger growth and consolidation in the airline industry have led to the addition of 14 outdoor regional aircraft parking positions at Reagan National accessed via buses departing from Gate 35X. The Airports Authority and American Airlines worked together to respond to feedback and improve the experience for regional aircraft passengers.
The new concourse will have direct, enclosed access to planes via jetbridges, spacious holdrooms, new concessions and an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge. It will end the need for travelers to ride buses from the terminal to board regional jets parked outside.
The concourse design includes architectural features consistent with Terminal B/C’s exposed metal beams, glass walls and domed ceilings while maximizing open, navigable gate areas and panoramic views of downtown Washington, D.C.
During construction, there will be no noticeable impact on the passenger experience or flight operations since the work will take place behind fences where aircraft hangars and offices once stood.
Project Journey: Transforming the Passenger Experience
Reagan National's current facilities were designed to serve 15 million passengers per year. But more than 23 million passengers traveled through the airport annually, setting new records and straining the existing infrastructure. In response, the airport launched Project Journey, a $1 billion investment to transform the traveler experience inside terminals, at the gates and along the roads. The end result will provide passengers with greater connectivity, more shopping and dining choices and a more pleasant post-security environment.
More renderings can be seen here.
- Prime Contractor: Turner Construction
- Project Forecast: $374,419,000
- Notice to Proceed: February 2018
- Estimated Completion: 2021