Dulles International (IAD)

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is built on 11,830 acres of land which is found between Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia. In 2005, the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, the group that operates the airport, acquired 830 acres of extra that land. IAD remains the second-busiest trans-Atlantic airport on the Eastern Seaboard. A usual day at Dulles, the airport will see anywhere of 1,800 flights to 2,000 flights. This is over 1,000 flights per day since 2003.

Passenger carries United Airlines and JetBlue both use Dulles as a major city for their carrier planes. United is the more prominent of the carries and the most used carrier at IAD. JetBlue is the second largest carrier at Dulles in terms of non-stop flights.

Dulles has one large main terminal, which was expanded from 600 feet long to 1,240 feet in October of 1996. The terminal went from 500,000 square feet to 1.1 million square feet. In this one terminal, IAD has five concourses, which are alphabetically named; A, B, C, D, and Z. These five concourses retain 128 airline gates. The main terminal houses the passenger transportation devices, Plane Mate and Mobile Lounges. These two devices quickly and efficiently get passenger to their respective concourses and back to the main terminal for baggage claim. The Mobile Lounges, which were designed in conjunction with the Chrysler Corporation and the Budd Company, have the capability to pull right to the aircraft and have passenger deplane there and bring them directly to baggage claim. Dulles is one of few airports to still use this system.

In December 2006, 10 domestic and 21 international airlines service the three runways that welcome people from around the world to IAD, which resides 26 miles outside of the United States Capitol. Thirty-nine of the 120 destinations that originate from IAD are international flights.

History of Dulles International

The airport is named after the United States Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration. IAD was originally set to be named “Chantilly International Airport,” but due to the suggestive lyrics of J.P Richardson’s “The Big Bopper,” it is name Dulles instead. On June 13, 1983 the Space Shuttle Enterprise made a landing at Dulles during after its tour of Europe. The shuttle, which came atop a Boeing 747, uses Dulles if an emergency were to occur while in flight.

Dulles International Travel Tips

If you are traveling to the Washington, D.C. area via IAD you must stay at the new aloft Dulles North hotel and lounge. It just opened at the end of Dec 2008 and is the premier place to be. Please check out the website at www.alofthotels.com/dullesnorth
 -Milan Patnaik

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