By Rob Yingling

Good news for travelers looking for a long-distance getaway: Cathay Pacific will offer nonstop flights four times per week from Dulles International Airport to Hong Kong beginning September 16. The airline’s new Airbus A350-1000 will enable the 7,085-nautical-mile route to become the longest flight serving either Dulles or Hong Kong. The service was announced in December, and reservations are available at cathaypacific.com.

Globetrotting also just got easier to Dulles’s most popular foreign destination: London. Primera Air, a low-fare European carrier, announced new service from Dulles beginning in August. Five weekly flights will whisk passengers to London Stansted Airport, located just northeast of the city and connected by express train service. A new Airbus A321neo will operate on the route, fitted with a total of 198 seats – 16 in premium economy and 182 in the main cabin. Introductory fares are as low as $199 each way at primeraair.com.

A new seasonal route previously announced from Dulles to Edinburgh, Scotland, on United Airlines will begin daily service on May 23 using Boeing 757 aircraft.

Dulles is the region’s premier international airport – serving 57 nonstop destinations outside the U.S. on 33 different airlines. In 2017, the airport handled more than 7.8 million passengers – a new record.