Sunday 19 December 2010

Flying into Washington DC

There are three main airports serving the Washington DC area. The most famous is Washington Dulles. It is situated 26 miles from downtown Washington in northern Virginia. It is named in honour of John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower's Secretary of State.

Dulles website

The closest to the city is National Airport, which was renamed the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in 1988 - though people refer to it as "National", "Washington National", "Reagan", or "Reagan National". It was built in 1940-41on mudflats alongside the Potomac. The yellow and blue lines on the Metro serve the airport.

National Airport website

To the north of the city, linked by a train service into Union Station is BWI (Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport ). It is about 30 miles from Washington and 10 miles from Baltimore. It became operational in 1950.

BWI website