The Department of Transportation has announced that it has selected four cities for new non-stop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Cheaper Flights to D.C. Expected
Travelers may even see lower airline ticket prices to the nation’s capital because three of the four airlines offering the new service are low-cost carriers. Plus, as airfare analyst Rick Seaney notes, “More competition is key to cheaper flights.”
New Cities, Airlines for Washington Reagan
Here’s how it breaks down:
- Alaska: Non-stop service to/from Portland, OR (PDX)
- JetBlue: Non-stop service to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
- Southwest: Non-stop service to/from Austin (AUS)
- Virgin America: Non-stop service to/from San Francisco (SFO)
This will be Virgin America’s first time at the D.C. airport, but the others have so far only had limited service.
Other Airlines Swap Routes to/From Reagan
The DOT also notes that four legacy carriers already serving Reagan National will be swapping slot openings with each other:
- American: Trades one round-trip flight to Dallas-Fort Worth for a flight to Los Angeles
- Delta: Trades one round-trip flight to New York LaGuardia Airport for a flight to Salt Lake City
- United: Trades one round-trip flight to Chicago O?Hare for a flight to San Francisco
- US Airways: Trades one round-trip flight to Dallas-Fort Worth for a flight to San Diego.
Look for the new non-stop service from the discount carriers to begin in time for summer vacation travel.