Delays into Reagan National from New York

A plane taking off at Reagan National Airport. (Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON…)
A plane taking off at Reagan National Airport. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Don’t rush out to Reagan National if your mission is to pick up someone arriving from New York. We mentioned earlier in the day that delays caused by high winds at the big three NYC airports — JFK, LaGuardia and Newark — would ripple through the aviation system. Now, the FAA is saying flights that originated there will be an hour or so late arriving at National. That’s not great, but remember that National is a destination airport more  than it’s a hub. The majority of people flying into Washington are arriving to visit people here. But the New York delays will have the same impact at hub airports like Pittsburgh, Chicago, Charlotte and Atlanta. The folks who get to those hubs an hour late are likely to miss their connecting flights. With flights already packed to the brim, can you say “Sleeping overnight at the airport?” Not pretty.

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.
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