Summer Travel at Dulles International

By Rob Yingling

Travelers beginning their journey this summer at Dulles International will enjoy new airlines, destinations and amenities at the airport. From the moment they arrive, passengers will notice the Metrorail construction is making visible progress dullesright across from the terminal parking lot, which offers a new daily parking option. Inside, LATAM and Air Canada have joined the airline offerings with new flights to Lima and Toronto. United Airlines, which recently celebrated 30 years as a hub airline at Dulles, added Lisbon and Barcelona to its summer routes. And Royal  Air Maroc begins  flights this fall to its  Casablanca hub with con-nections to many European and North African airports.

Along with all of this good news comes the airport’s top advice: Come early and stay “in the know.” Dulles has seen its surge of travelers, but without the significant waits that made recent headlines at other major airports. Still, summer is a popular season for air travel, so a quick check of the airport’s live wait time display at www.flydulles.com is worthwhile. The latest airport news and specials are also posted there. Beyond the security checkpoint, several new shopping and dining options will keep passengers delighted before their flight departs. Just a few of the offerings include Erwin Pearl, Tumi and Thomas Pink (for shopping) and Bracket Room, DC-3 Hot Dog Joint, and The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck (for dining). Be Relax spa is also open near Gate B64 for the ultimate in travel pampering. Bon voyage!