If you’ve ever had the joy of using Gate 35X at Reagan National Airport (DCA) will be happy to hear that changes are underway at the airport. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience it yourself, Gary mentions a few of the finer points of the gate situation in a post about “Project Journey”.
What You Can Expect
This year, the plan includes mostly road construction on the lower level roadways (Arrivals), moving utilities and construct foundations for the new security screening areas, and breaking ground for the new 14-gate concourse.
According to this page, there should be no noticeable impact on existing flight or security checkpoint operations. The road construction in Arrivals will require some lane closures starting next week. There is a good chance that these closures will impact traffic around the airport.
Initially, closures will be during overnight hours but are expected to extend into regular daytime hours throughout the spring. According to this article, a recent press release also noted that there will be some temporary changes inside the terminal that could impact the check-in process for some passengers.
Expected End Results
In the end, there will be two new security screening checkpoints with space for 28 screening lanes. There will be more space for restaurants and shops post-security and the screening process should be more streamlined. Once the new concourse opens, it will replace the busing operations for regional jets from Gate 35X. The new concourse is also reportedly going to be home to an American Admirals Club Lounge.
I’m glad to hear that DCA should finally be able to accommodate the high number of passengers it sees each year. I’m not looking forward to the lane closures that are starting next week. In my experience, getting a car around in Arrivals is already bad enough.
Have you ever flown out of Gate 35X at DCA?
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I’ve gone out of DCA 100++ times. As much as it is handling more pax than that for which it was designed, it remains a fantastic airport and handles more passengers, in a far superior fashion, than IAD. And the last thing they need to improve is security. They regularly have lanes that are not manned and obviously not being used.
I am not persuaded that these “improvements” are required.
Timely. I flew out of 35X yesterday. That gate setup is inefficient, but DCA overall with CLEAR doesn’t seem that bad. The AC in C could be larger though. I’m sure it gets crowded quickly.