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Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport

History of Washington Dulles International Airport

Built out of a need to cope with the growth in flights to the US capital in the years immediately after the Second World War, Washington Dulles International Airport was officially opened by President Kennedy in 1962.

Significantly, the new airport was the first in the world to be designed with jet planes in mind, while the design of its terminal buildings split critics of the time due to the experimental nature of the architecture.

After a relatively quiet first few years, during which time some people questioned the need for the airport, Dulles International really took off in the 1970s as the dawn of the jumbo jet enabled it to accept more transatlantic traffic.

Over the 1980s and 1990s, expansion was steady, and work to improve facilities has continued ever since, most notably with the opening of an underground passenger tunnel connecting the main terminals ands concourses back in 2004.

Travelling to Washington Dulles International Airport

As is the norm in most parts of the United States, travelling to Washington Dulles International is best done by road, with public transport links relatively limited for the time being.

The airport can be reached from downtown Washington by State Route 28, with access quick and easy for those travellers opting to hire a car or simply taking a taxi from their hotel.

At present, the only public transport link is the 5A Metrobus, which connects the airport with the city centre as well as the Rosslyn Metro Station, where passengers can link up to the main Washington underground system.

However, plans are in place to connect the airport directly to the Metro's Silver Line, though even if these are given the green light, work is not expected to be completed until 2016.

Airlines flying from Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington's principal airport is largely dominated by domestic flights, with numerous airlines offering cheap services across the country.

United Airlines flies from Washington to more than a dozen domestic destinations, including Chicago, New York, Seattle and San Francisco, with these services complemented by an impressive roster of international flights, such as services to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Kuwait City, London, Paris, Rome and Zurich.

Among the low-cost carriers using the airport, DeltaConnection and JetBlue offer cheap flights to all corners of the States, while CanadaJazz flies across the border to the north.

Alongside this, dozens of national carriers from across the world operate services to and from Washington, including British Airways, Korean Air, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Qatar Airlines, Turkish Airlines and SAS, while Virgin Atlantic also offers flights between the US and UK capitals.

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