Following up on yesterday’s post of VX’s application to begin DCA-SFO service, the Wandering Aramean has a more thorough post about all the newly proposed routes out of DCA, by new and legacy carriers. As he points out, there is some interesting overlap between the proposals, but however this plays, it looks like there will be some new great options out of DCA.
USA Today also has an article about the proposed routes, and a poll to vote on the new routes. For those unfamiliar with the situation at DCA (and why this is such big news), routes out of Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is subject to capacity and perimeter restrictions (as pointed out in the USA Today article). For many years, no flights more than 1,250 miles were allowed out of DCA. This was a law passed by Congress to try and force more air traffic to go out of the larger Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). In recent years, Congress has passed laws allowing exemptions to the perimeter rule, so a few flights over 1,250 miles are starting to be allowed. Most recently, there are four more long haul flights being added at DCA, hence, all the news about flight applications.