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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Reagan Manager Is Named

Paul Malandrino Jr. has been appointed vice president and airport manager of Reagan National Airport , effective this month.

Malandrino joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in 1996. In 2002, he became federal security director for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Malandrino succeeds Christopher U. Browne, who became manager of Washington Dulles International Airport in April 2005.

A Park-and-Wait Lot

National Airport has opened a cellphone lot where motorists can park while waiting to be called by arriving passengers, officials said last week. Electronic signs direct drivers to the 34-space lot, which is north of Terminal B/C.

Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and vehicles are limited to one hour in the lot, MWAA officials said. Commercial vehicles are not permitted.

Happy Customers at BWI

BWI ranked third among midsize airports for passenger satisfaction, according to a national survey. The J.D. Power and Associates study, conducted with Aviation Week magazine, measured factors such as baggage claim service, security operations and terminal facilities. BWI serves more than 20 million passengers annually. To read the report, visit http://www.jdpower.com .

Military Lounge at Dulles

A lounge designated for military personnel is slated to open at Dulles this fall. The lounge, which will be next to the international arrivals building, will be accessible to those with military identification. The 750-square-foot space was donated by MWAA to USO-Metro, which provides free services to members of the military. BWI and Reagan also have USO-Metro lounges.

A Pair of Economic Engines

National and Dulles greatly contribute to the local economy through jobs and spending, according to an MWAA study.

Last year, the airports generated more than $6.4 billion in combined business revenue and provided more than 28,500 jobs. View the study at http://mwaa.com/_/file/_/EconomicImpact05.pdf .

Exhibit on Agency for Vets

BWI has unveiled an exhibition that honors the Department of Veterans Affairs' 75th anniversary. The exhibit -- on the lower level near Concourse B -- includes a timeline of the department's history and an informational video. The department has supported American veterans since 1930.

-- Compiled by ARIANNE ARYANPUR


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