Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
|Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport|
|Owner||Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority|
|Operator||Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority|
|City served||DC metropolitan area|
|Opened||June 16, 1941|
|Hub for||American Airlines|
|Focus city for||None|
|Timezone||Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00)|
Airport Legal Location
Federal law and Virginia Code both state the Airport is "situated within the Commonwealth of Virginia" (see 59 Stat. 552 (1945); 1950 Va. Code Sec 7.1-10 (1983)). There are also court decisions holding the airport is located in Virginia (see Pfister v. Director, Office of Workers Compensation, etc., 675 F.2d 1314, 1315-16 (D.C. Cir. 1982); and Bryan v. District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Board, 342 A.2d 45 (D.C. Ct. App. 1975)). When the federal government operated Reagan National and Dulles prior to 1987, both Airports had Washington, D.C. postal addresses. To continue identifying the service area more easily for travelers, the Authority did not change the addresses.
The site was selected by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938. Much of the land was underwater at the time so almost 20 million cubic yards of sand and gravel were moved onto the site. In 1940, The Washington National Airport was dedicated by President Roosevelt. National Airport opened for business on June 16, 1941. On February 6, 1998, President William Jefferson Clinton signed into law the bill introduced and passed in Congress that changed the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.