Project Update, April 2021

The 225,000-square-foot New Concourse building opened to passengers - marking the permanent closure of Gate 35X and its busing operation. American Airlines relocated its regional flights to the concourse's 14 new gates. Passengers flying into and out of the concourse can enjoy sweeping views through large windows, spacious holdrooms, direct boarding to aircraft and other amenities. Construction continues as crews work to build out shopping and dining locations and install finishing touches throughout.

Substantial Completion: July 2021

Peets Coffee Shop in the New Concourse

Passengers shop at Peet's Coffee located in the centrum of the new concourse, July 2021

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 provides direct, enclosed access to planes via jetbridges and spacious holdrooms. Work to build out new shopping and dining experiences and an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge is ongoing. The soft opening of the new concourse in April marked the permanent end of Gate 35X and its remote busing operation.

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.

As construction moves towards completion, there will be minimal impact to the passenger experience or flight operations, as most work will be done behind the scenes and during off-peak hours. 

Project Journey: Transforming the Passenger Experience

When Project Journey is completed, two new 50,000-square-foot buildings with security checkpoints will replace three smaller checkpoints currently serving Terminal B/C - increasing the post-security space to include all of National Hall and its premier shops and restaurants for ticketed travelers. In addition, ticketed passengers will be able to move freely between Gates 10 and 59. This includes a new 14-gate concourse that replaced Gate 35X – ending the need for travelers to ride buses to board regional jets parked outside. New concourse amenities include jetbridges, holdrooms, mother's care rooms, concessions, an indoor pet relief area and an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge.

More renderings can be seen here.

Key Facts

  • Prime Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Project Forecast: $393,833,000
  • Notice to Proceed: February 2018
  • Soft Opening: April 20, 2021

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