Four Cities Get Non-Stop Service to Washington-Reagan

The Department of Transportation has announced that it has selected four cities for new non-stop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Published: May 14, 2012