Passenger Traffic, Flights

Increase Sharply at Dulles

Passenger traffic at Dulles International Airport rose to 19.7 million people for the year ending June 30, up 40 percent from the previous year, according to the Washington Airports Task Force.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority estimates Dulles will serve 26.3 million passengers in the year ending June 30, 2005.

Flights have risen to slightly more than 1,600 a day, up from the record of 1,400 in 2000, and are expected to reach 1,900 daily by the end of this year, the task force said.

Independence Air to Boost

Fla., West Coast Service

Independence Air said its first two Airbus A319s will begin service from its hub at Dulles in November. The company has said it plans to use the A319s to increase service to Florida and the West Coast.

The low-cost carrier, which began service June 16, reported that 47 percent of its seats were filled with customers in July and that it flew 196,387 passengers last month.

The airline said it plans to offer more than 300 daily departures from Dulles by Sept. 1.

Customer Service

Expanded at BWI

An expanded customer service center has opened at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on the upper level between concourses C and D. The BWI Customer Service Center, which includes lost and found, is in a storefront adjacent to the BWI Shoe Shine.

New Flights

* Independence Air will begin eight daily nonstop roundtrip flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and six direct flights to Huntsville International Airport in Alabama on Oct. 1.

* US Airways will add a flight on a 50-seat regional jet from Reagan National Airport to Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina from Oct. 10 to 15 and from Oct. 17 to 21 to accommodate passengers attending the annual International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.

The airline also said it would increase its capacity by as much as 90 percent to five destinations from Reagan National, most beginning Sept. 8, with changes in roundtrip service to Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis and Manchester, N.H.

US Airways will upgrade one of its five daily Washington-Columbus roundtrip flights from 50-seat regional jet service to 737 service. All three daily Washington-Buffalo flights will be upgraded from 50- and 72-seat regional jet service to 120-seat Airbus A319 and 126-seat Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

The airline now operates one 72-seat regional jet and four 37-seat Dash-8 turboprop aircraft between Washington and Syracuse. Beginning this month, two turboprop flights will be upgraded to 50-seat regional jet service, and in September, one of the new regional jet flights will be upgraded to 737 service.

Washington-Indianapolis service will shift from five daily 50-seat regional jet flights to service four times daily, with three 737s and one 50-seat regional jet.

One daily outbound Washington-Manchester flight will be added to the three existing roundtrip flights and will be operated using a 72-seat regional jet. The current service is operated using 50-seat regional jets, and one of those flight will be upgraded to 737 service.

* AirTran Airways will begin daily nonstop service between BWI and Fort Myers, Fla., on Nov. 4.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD