The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has announced that Project Journey, a $1 billion, multiyear capital improvement plan for Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., will begin this summer.
Two new security checkpoints will be added, connecting the concourse level of Terminal B/C to the airline gate areas; an enclosed commuter concourse will be built to replace the 14 outdoor gates currently serviced by buses from gate 35X, and future improvements will be made to roadways and parking.
"Reagan National's passenger areas were designed to serve 15 million passengers annually," said Jack Potter, Airports Authority president and CEO. "Today, more than 23 million passengers travel through the airport -- straining its infrastructure, crowding travelers and hampering our ability to provide best-in-class customer service. Project Journey will transform and improve the passenger experience."
Designs have been completed for the two security checkpoints, which are scheduled to open in 2020; when completed, they will expand capacity from 20 to 28 security lanes. The new commuter concourse, debuting in 2021, will provide regional travelers with direct, enclosed access to planes via jet bridges, spacious waiting and boarding areas, diverse seating options with integrated power outlets, and new concessions.
"Passengers are at the center of everything we do," said Paul Malandrino, vice president and airport manager of Reagan National. "While construction will take time and have some impacts along the way, the final product will provide a much more pleasant customer experience at the airport. We will work closely with contractors, airlines and the TSA throughout the project to manage the construction in order to minimize airport passenger and operational disruptions."
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