Alaska Airlines to resume D.C. flights

Reagan National Airport to reopen when new security measures are put into place

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2001

Alaska Airlines said it will resume service Oct. 8 to Washington, D.C., with one daily flight to Dulles International Airport.

On Sept. 4, Alaska inaugurated nonstop service to Reagan National Airport, which has remained closed since the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon. The airport just outside Washington is the nation's only commercial airport that remains closed as a result of the attack.

But U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said today that Reagan National Airport will reopen when proper security measures are put in place, and an announcement could come next week.

Mineta told NBC's "Today" show: "It is a very sensitive issue because of the closeness of the White House, the CIA, the Capitol, the Pentagon, right in the flight path to National. I'm hoping that within a week, Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest, that we will have a decision from the National Security Council and the Secret Service to be able to open Ronald Reagan National Airport."

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines will provide nonstop service to Dulles from Seattle and one-stop service from Anchorage aboard 120-seat Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft. Dulles International Airport is about 26 miles and 30 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., in the Virginia suburbs.

Alaska Airlines provides the only nonstop service between the D.C. area and Seattle and direct, one-stop service between D.C. and Anchorage. In June, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved Alaska Airlines' application for rarely available slots at Reagan National Airport.

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