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Facts and History about Reagan National Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA, ICAO: KDCA, FAA LID: DCA), is a national airport in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River.
The airport is 8 kilometers from downtown Washington D.C. and under strict control of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority due to its proximity to the nation’s capital.
Arrivals, Departures and Airlines at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
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History of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
The airport has a long and interesting history dating as far back as 1926. It has gone through many different stages in its life, from being built as a military airbase during World War II to being known as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
When Congress lifted the federal prohibition on airport development in the capital in 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appropriated $15 million to build the National Airport.
Construction of Washington National Airport began two years later in 1940. It was opened in 1941.
After WWII in 1945, US Congress passed a law putting the control of the airport within Virginia but under the jurisdiction of the US federal government. After several expansions, the Metro railway station began servicing the airport in 1977.
The Washington National Airport Terminal and South Hangar Line were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. In 1998, the US Congress adopted the present name to honor President Ronald Reagan.
Today, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is one of the country’s important airports serving more than 90 nonstop destinations across the US and Canada.
It is the main hub for American Airlines. Other major airlines operating at DCA are Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, and Alaska Airlines, and many more.
Reagan’s busiest domestic routes in 2020 include Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois, Charlotte, North Carolina, Miami, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Orlando, Florida, Los Angeles, California, Denver, Colorado, and New York–LaGuardia, New York
The airport has 3 passenger terminals and 60 gates: 9 gates in Terminal A, 12 in Terminal B, and 39 in Terminal C.
It has 3 runways, and served 24 million passengers in 2019.
This 348-hectare facility sits 5 meters above sea level at 38°51′08″N and 077°02′16″W.
Transfer Services at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
There are several efficient ground transportation services to/from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, such as rental cars, taxis, rideshares, shuttles, public buses, and trains.
Passengers may plan their transfer options to avoid delays while in transit. They should also transact only at the airport counters for their safety.
Rental Car Services at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
There are several car rental counters on the first floor of Terminal Garage A. The drop-off and pick-up zones are across from the Rental Car Shuttle Bus shelter on National Avenue.
Passengers can take the airport shuttle at Doors No. 4 and No. 7 on the Baggage Claim Area and get off at the Terminal Garage A/Rental Car stop. The location is approximately 10 minutes if you walk to the rental center. See all rental car companies at Reagan National Airport.
Ride Shares at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Rideshares are available outside Terminal A, B, and. C.
Passengers can reserve rideshare by downloading the company’s app on their smartphone and coordinating directly with their driver. They can also request a ride a few days before their flight to avoid the inconvenience. Private airport transfers can also be pre-booked at Washington National Airport.
Passengers may ask the driver to show proof of identity and booking records for their safety.
Taxis at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Taxis at DCA are available 24/7. Passengers may proceed to the taxi waiting area outside Terminal A, B, and C.
A one-way fare from the airport to Capitol Hill, for example, costs approximately $14.00 plus taxes.
Airport taxis accept cash or credit cards. More information about taxis at Reagan National Airport.
Trains at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Washington D.C. is served by an extensive network of rapid transit train systems known as Metrorail serving Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Metrorail station is directly outside and in front of Terminals B and C.
Fares start at $2.00. More details about train services near Reagan National Airport.
Buses at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides direct bus service between the DCA and locations that are not served by Metrorail. Buses are outside the airport Metrorail station.
Fare starts at $2.00. Discounts are available for qualified senior and disabled passengers. More information about bus services at Reagan National Airport.
Hotel Shuttles at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Many hotels in Washington D.C. provide shuttle services from/to the airport. Passengers are advised to confirm with their local hotel if the service is available.
Shuttles are outside the gates of Terminal A, B, and C. Need to book a hotel? See a selection of hotels near Reagan National Airport.
Parking at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
DCA has 4 parking areas around the airport, with over 8,800 spaces available. More information about parking at Reagan National Airport.
Other Services at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Wi-Fi at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Wi-Fi access is free at DCA. Passengers can connect to “FlyReagan” and input their email address and zip code when prompted.
ATMs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
There are DCA Airport ATMs located throughout the airport, before and after the security area.
Currency Exchange at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
International Currency Exchange is located in National Hall on the Concourse level of Terminal C, at pre-security.
Nursing Stations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Lactation rooms for traveling mothers to breastfeed or breast pump are located between Terminals B and C after security. Additionally, there are several nursing rooms located at Terminal A, just before the security checkpoint.
Restrooms at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
There are clean and sanitized restrooms available in the airport.
Food and Beverages at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Duty-Free Shopping at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
DCA Duty-free shop is in the Terminal A Concourse inside the secure area.
Smoking at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Smoking is permitted on the outside terraces located on the upper level of Terminals B, C. Smoking inside the building is not allowed. Please follow smoking regulations.
Lost and Found Section at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
For lost items within the Airport premises, please contact the Lost and Found Center: +1 703-417-0110 (from Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm). For items lost on an aircraft, please contact your airline provider.
Security and Customs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
The airport has 4 security checkpoints: 1 in Terminal A and 3 in Terminal B/C.
Terminal A checkpoint opens at 4:30 a.m. Terminal B and C are open from 4:00 a.m.
Meditation Room at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Chapel is located at the south end of Terminal B across from Gates 10-22.
Information Desk at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
For assistance while traveling through our Airport, be sure to seek out one of the convenient Information Desks staffed by Travelers Aid Volunteers.
Information Desks Location
- Terminal A: In between Baggage Claim and the Security Checkpoint
- Terminal B/C: On the Concourse Level and in Terminals B and C Baggage Claim areas
Blue courtesy telephones are also located throughout the airport connecting directly to the Information Desks.
- DCA Terminal Paging Services: + 1 703-417-1806
- DCA Travelers Aid Desk (Terminal A): +1 703-417-3972
- DCA Travelers Aid Desk (Terminal B/C): + 1 703-417-1806
Ticketing Counters at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Passengers will follow the signs to "Ticketing/Check-In" leading to airline check-in counters.
Pet Relief at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
DCA has 6 pet relief areas located at Terminal A, B, and C.
Baggage Claim at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Claim your baggage at the Baggage Claim level. The baggage claim at each terminal is located on the ground level.
In the case of missing items, contact your respective airline. Passengers can also inquire from the Information Desk for further assistance.
Lost and Found Phone: +1 703-417-0110
If you leave a message, please leave your name, email, contact phone number, and a brief description of the lost item.
Lounges at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Economy class travelers can access the following airport lounges as long as they are willing to purchase a day pass, annual membership, or pay at the door.
- American Airlines Admirals Club: Terminal B, C
- Delta Sky Club: Terminal B, Airside, above Gate 15
- United Club: Terminal B, Airside, opposite G11
- USO Lounge: Concourse Level, Terminal A, across from the “Lost and Found” office
Wheelchairs for Disabled Passengers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which conducts passenger screening at the checkpoints, has a program to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. You may arrange for wheelchairs at any terminal through your airline or with any Skycap at the Airport.
For further assistance, please call:
- Travelers Aid Desk (Terminal A): +1 703-417-3972
- Travelers Aid Desk (Terminal B/C): + 1 703-417-1806
Things to do in Washington
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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Contacts
Address: 2401 Smith Blvd, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
General Phone: +1 703-417-8000
General Email: https://www.flyreagan.com/dca/comments-reagan-national-airport
Lost and Found Email: https://cs.flyreagan.com/lostandfound/s/reportlostitem
Lost and Found Phone: + 1 703-417-0110
Official Website: https://www.flyreagan.com/
Drive on: Right
Plug: A, B
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Wi-Fi at Airport: Free WiFi at the airport. Passengers can connect to “FlyReagan.”