Input Sought on Flight Fees

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport, is accepting comments from the public on whether to continue its fee on passengers to help pay for construction projects.

The authority is allowed to charge $4.50 per passenger on departing flights at both airports through April 2008; the proposal would extend the fee through May 2012. The money would help pay for planned projects at Dulles, such as expanding Concourse B, widening and expanding airport roads, clearing forest for a runway and restoring affected wetlands. Comments, which will be forwarded with the application to the Federal Aviation Administration, can be mailed to Lynn Hampton at 1 Aviation Cir., Washington, D.C. 20001, or sent by e-mail to or before July 27.

Authority's Income Soars

The airports authority had a combined operating income of nearly $64 million at Dulles and National airports in 2004, according to its annual financial report. The figure for 2003 was $24.3 million. The money is used to run the airports' operations, such as terminals, airfields, roadways and parking facilities, spokeswoman Tara Hamilton said. Officials said the figures were boosted by the debut of new low-fare carrier Independence Air at Dulles, which prompted other airlines to increase flights.

Annapolis Buses Serve BWI

Annapolis Transit has begun a new bus service to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Buses depart from the Spa Road Transfer point on odd hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and stop at the Navy Stadium Kiss & Ride and the Cromwell-Glen Burnie light rail station before reaching the airport. They will also stop at the MARC station near the airport on request. The last bus leaves the airport at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $3 each way; call 410-263-7964 for more information.

-- Compiled by LILA DE TANTILLO