Reagan National’s $37 million facelift is moving along

October 22, 2013
Terminal A at Reagan National Airport is undergoing a $37 million facelift. (Lori Aratani -- The Washington Post)
Terminal A at Reagan National Airport is undergoing a $37 million facelift. (Lori Aratani/The Washington Post)

Terminal A at Reagan National Airport is getting a $37 million facelift and work appears to be moving ahead quickly.

On a recent visit, the historic terminal was lighter and brighter than it had been a few months earlier when we first reported on the project. Just a few months ago, passengers had to dodge wooden barriers to get to their gates and the Traveler’s Aid station had been put on wheels to make it easier to move around the terminal.

The check-in counters have been freshened up, and while the project does not add a significant amount of square footage to the space, the lighter colors and windows make the space seem larger.

New ticket counters are part of a $37 million project to remake Terminal A at Reagan National Airport. (Lori Aratani -- The Washington Post)
New ticket counters are part of a $37 million project to remake Terminal A at Reagan National Airport. (Lori Aratani/The Washington Post)

In addition to new lighting and flooring, the renovation will add new facilities for processing baggage and an additional security lane.

Much of the work is expected to be completed in time for the holiday travel season, but other aspects may not be in place until early 2014.

Travelers may notice other changes. A newsstand located just to the left of the security gates is gone.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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