Department of Transportation
Expanded Flight Operations at Reagan National Airport
October 18, 2001

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced an expansion of flight operations at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). The expansion, or Phase II, will begin on Friday, October 26, pending the implementation of further enhanced security measures at all airports serving DCA.

“Reagan National Airport is an important symbol of the enduring strength of our nation,” said Secretary Mineta. “The Bush Administration will continue to work with aviation and law enforcement officials to ensure the safety and stability of flight operations at DCA, and we look forward to further operation expansions.”

Earlier this month, President George W. Bush announced the phased reopening of DCA under heightened security beginning Thursday, October 4, for flights to eight hub airports served by six airlines (Phase I). Phase II, which is expected to last for a period of 45 days, increases the number of airports served by 18, for a total of 26. The following is a list of each city that is eligible for service by each airline at DCA under Phase II:

Atlanta Delta, US Airways
Boston American, Delta, US Airways
Charleston, SC US Airways     
Charlotte US Airways
Chicago-Midway American Trans Air
Chicago-O’Hare American, United
Cincinnati Delta   
Columbus American, America West, US Airways
Dallas American, Delta
Denver Frontier
Detroit Northwest
Ft. Lauderdale Delta, Spirit, US Airways
Houston Continental
Kansas City Midwest Express, US Airways
Miami American, United Airlines
Milwaukee Midwest Express
Minneapolis Northwest
Newark Continental
New York La Guardia Delta, US Airways       
Orlando US Airways
Philadelphia US Airways
Phoenix America West
Pittsburgh US Airways
St. Louis TWA
Seattle Alaska Airlines
Toronto Air Canada

This phase of expanded operations at DCA will begin pursuant to implementation of increased airport and aircraft security levels, under the direction of the FAA, the Department of Defense, the Secret Service, and other law enforcement agencies. This new series of security initiatives at the airport builds on those previously announced by President Bush.