By Athena Hernandez

Following another year of growth at Dulles International Airport, with nearly 24 million passengers traveling through the National Capital Region’s international gateway over the past 12 months, exciting new domestic and international service is coming to the airport.

United Airlines is projecting a 6-percent seat capacity growth at Dulles International for 2018, with additional growth in 2019. This means 12 new domestic routes, including: Elmira, Ithaca and Plattsburgh, New York; Manchester, New Hampshire; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Greenbrier, West Virginia; Lexington, Kentucky; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Asheville and Wilmington, North Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina and Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. These new routes mean greater connectivity up and down the east coast, and beyond. In addition, United will be adding three-times-a-week service to Tel Aviv, Israel beginning in May 2019—a new route offering unparalleled access to the Middle East.

Dulles International also welcomed two new airlines this year—Cathay Pacific’s non-stop service to Hong Kong and Volaris’ low-cost service to San Salvador and San Jose, Costa Rica—with more exciting growth to come in 2019. Alitalia will begin offering five times weekly, year-round service to Rome in May, and TAP Air Portugal will begin offering five times weekly, year-round service to Lisbon, Portugal beginning in June. 

Wishing you a happy holidays and happy travels in 2019!