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Reagan National’s New Terminal to Open Early

As air passenger counts continue to grow a year after COVID-19 became a global pandemic, Reagan National Airport is getting ready to open a new terminal in April, three months earlier than expected.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) said it plans to open the new 14-gate concourse with a “soft opening” April 20.

After the concourse opens, work will continue behind temporary walls and after hours to finish the project, according to the report.  The opening mean passengers will no longer be bussed from Gate 35X to aircraft sitting on the tarmac.

The new north concourse, which will include Gates 46 through 59, was slated to open in July, and MWAA reports that the $391.55 million project is on budget.  American Airlines will be the primary user of the new terminal.  A second modernization project that will move the passenger screening checkpoints in National Hall is expected to be completed later this year.