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A handful of federal lawmakers are seeking to vastly expand the number of long-distance flights at Reagan National Airport, easing long-standing restrictions designed to protect neighboring communities from noise and air pollution.

The move resurrects a campaign by western lawmakers and the airline industry that has infuriated residents of Arlington and Fairfax counties and Alexandria, many of whom oppose longer flights because they might require larger, heavier planes that make more noise. Read the full article for more details.

By Jodi Westrick  |  July 7, 2010; 7:21 AM ET  | Category:  Local , National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The real concern should be with the proximity of DCA to IAD and the increase in air traffic as near-misses are on the rise. If you've ever been slated to land at DCA but find yourself circling while waiting for a runway and you spot IAD out the window, that is when you should worry. That is the most dangerous time for accidents. There needs to be better safety in place before increasing any traffic at either airport.

Posted by: conchfc | July 7, 2010 9:57 AM

As the article says, any increases in longer flights will subtract a local flight. So air traffic stays the same. Is air traffic over Mclean really an issue? People with too much time and money on their hands. Also, does this mean longer flights will become cheaper and shorter flights will rise?

Posted by: common311 | July 7, 2010 10:02 AM

As a DC resident who travels to the west coast and other distant places, I say no thank you for the Senators' kind offer of more convenience and lower prices. Dulles is good enough for me as a competitive alternative. If it is not good enough for the Senators, maybe they should make their lives easier and just stay home.

Posted by: thothh | July 7, 2010 10:52 AM

Yet another presumptive effort by congressmen outside of our region to meddle in our affairs - and this time it's in Virginia! If this were a locally generated, locally supported idea, it would be very easy to get behind. Western airports rarely have the same space and population constraints that National (or LaGuardia) Airport has. Democracy is supposed to put these decisions in the hands of Northern Virginia voters, not those from California or Texas. And for that matter, if we're going to remove flight perimeters, why don't we go for the one at Love Field in Texas?

Posted by: tmpinadmo | July 7, 2010 1:49 PM

The physical location of Reagan National Airport in the center of the DC Metro region is a product of the regions massive growth as well as the lack of insight regarding future population growth in the early last century. Expansion of the number of flights or increased size of jets servicing DCA should not be permitted. Is the ease of Western commerce more important than the health of those that live and work day in day out in Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria and DC?
Placing more flights and more passengers in the skies over this major metro area is an environmental risk we who live here should not have to consider.
When will people realize that aviation greenhouse gas emmissions are already too high and begin to consider alternative transportation methods? Dulles and BWI are close enough with great mass transit services to service the western passenger.

Posted by: cathleenC | July 8, 2010 2:27 PM

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