New Concourse

A new 14-gate concourse will replace busing operations from Gate 35X, increasing passenger comfort and convenience


Project Update

Construction on the New Concourse site has reached a pivotal phase. After months of planning, modeling and working below ground, crews began assembling the steel frame of the new building. Passengers using the airport will notice hundreds of tons of steel being added to the structure from week to week and can expect to see a fully framed building on site by the end of 2019.

The flythrough video below shows a computer-generated model of the exterior and interior steel framing of the New Concourse. The beams in the video are color-coded blue for emphasis only.



About the New Concourse Project

Record passenger growth and consolidation in the airline industry led to the addition of 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 customer feedback and improve the experience for regional aircraft passengers by designing and constructing a new 14-gate Concourse.

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 busing to and from the terminal.

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.

Key Facts

  • Prime Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Project Forecast: $385,549,000
  • Notice to Proceed: February 2018
  • Estimated Completion: 2021

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