IAD Washington Dulles Airport Info & Guide
Where is Washington Dulles Airport?
Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD, ICAO: KIAD, FAA LID: IAD), also referred to as Washington Dulles Airport, or simply Dulles Airport, is located in Sterling (Dulles), Virginia, 41.6 kilometres (26 miles) west of downtown Washington, District of Columbia, United States. The airport is named to honour John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The community of Sterling, where the airport is located, has subsequently adopted the Dulles moniker.
In 2013, Washington Dulles Airport served 21,701,353 passengers, making it the 2nd busiest of the three airports serving Washington, D.C. The busiest is Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI). The 3rd airport serving DC is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Construction is now underway to connect the airport to Washington via the Silver Line of the Washington Metro. Initial plans called for completion in 2016, however officials now expect to complete construction in 2017.
Washington Dulles Airport is a hub for Frontier Airlines, Silver Airways and United Airlines. Other airlines that fly to Washington Dulles Airport include Air China, Air France, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Saudia, South African Airways, Southwest Airlines, Turkish Airlines, US Airways, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.
Cities with flights to Washington Dulles Airport include Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Aruba, Bahrain, Beijing, Bogota, Brussels, Cancún, Doha, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Guatemala City, Honolulu, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, San Salvador, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tokyo and Vancouver.
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Other Items of Interest at Washington Dulles Airport
Above the B-Gates AeroTrain Station hangs the Daedalus 87, the first human powered aircraft. The aircraft spans 112 feet and is named for the mythological inventor of aviation. It was built by students, faculty and graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The exhibit offers several views of the aircraft as passengers ride the escalators and elevators around it. To locate the exhibit, check out Gallery Walk Map.
The Gateway Gallery is located in the connector walkway between the AeroTrain C-Gates station and the C Concourse. The gallery provides an opportunity for local photography associations to showcase the works of their member photographers. Forty-eight images are displayed in backlit frames. To locate the gallery exhibits, check out Gallery Walk Map.
The airport also offers:
- 10 minute manicures: Concourse D (D13)
- Massage bar: Concourse B (B71)
- Shoeshine: Main Terminal (pre-security and baggage level), Concourse C (Aerostation)
- Charging stations in gate areas for electronic devices
- United Service Organizations (USO) lounge
- Travelers Aid
- Interfaith Chapel open 24x7 across from Gate A28
- Smithsonian Museum Store
- Borders Books Stores: Concourse B (Aerostation), Concourse C (c18), Concourse D (D14)
- Duty Free
The Dulles main terminal is a well-known landmark designed by Eero Saarinen.
*NEW* IAD Washington Dulles International Airport now offers eight parking spaces equipped with charging stations for electric cars. See Long Term Parking for details.
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