Dulles Rising in Ranking

Dulles International Airport will be the world's seventh-busiest airport by the end of the summer, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The prediction is based on daily departure projections -- not the number of passengers -- provided by the airlines, said authority spokesman Tom Sullivan, who said much of the expected increase can be attributed to the launch of Independence Air. Dulles now ranks 30th internationally in daily departures.

Traffic Tied to Fares

Passenger traffic is highly sensitive to air fares, according to a study released this month by the Air Transport Association, a trade group. "The price of an airline is often the determining factor on whether people decide to fly or drive or take a trip," said Doug Wills, an association spokesman. The group found that traffic in and out of Reagan National Airport between 1996 and last year declined by 22 percent in the 163 markets in which fares increased and rose by 1 percent in the 303 markets in which fares decreased. The study advised policymakers to recognize the impact of fee increases on passenger choices.

Dulles Massage Bar Set

Seattle-based Massage Bar will open a location at Dulles in mid-August, owner Cary Cruea said. Seated massages will be available to patrons in 15-minute increments between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily. The Dulles site, which will be in Concourse B, will be Massage Bar's seventh location. The bar will also offer foot massages and merchandise such as hand-held massage tools.

New Flights

* As of July 6, United Airlines started daily nonstop service between Reagan National and Denver International Airport.

-- Compiled by LILA ARZUA