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UPDATE: Major Delays At Reagan National Airport

by ARLnow.com — June 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm 2,730 10 Comments

Update at 6:30 p.m. — The ground stop at Reagan National has been lifted, but major delays are being reported. From the FAA:

Due to WEATHER / THUNDERSTORMS, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC (DCA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 3 hours and 27 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check “Delays by Destination”.

Earlier: Due to severe weather in the area, Reagan National Airport is under a “ground stop” — meaning no flights are arriving or departing.

Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport are also under a ground stop.

Travelers heading to any local airport should expect significant delays as storms continue to move through the region.

  • Jason B

    Charlotte just went on Ground Stop for weather and O’Hare is on Grould Stop for a security breach.

    JFK, PHL, LGA, TEB, and YYZ are all delayed. If you are trying to get on a flight his afternoon, you are screwed.

    • Richard Cranium

      I’m thinking that if you’re on a flight headed for one of those airports, you could be even more screwed!

      • JamesE

        I’m in the air right now heading to national from Texas.

    • amb007

      Are you sure it’s a security breach? I am sitting on a plane on the runway at a rinky-dink airport in the Midwest headed to Chicago and then onto National. They are telling us we are delayed at least an hour and a half because POTUS is landing at Ohare. Regardless, I have little hope of making it to Arlington on time tonight.

    • novasteve

      What about YUL?

  • nom de guerre

    This will not impact Arlington County One which is fueled and ready for take off to France for Zimmy’s groundbreaking visit for research and partying with Dominique Straus-Kahn.

  • FYI

    The ground stops being issued were for departures from other airports only (second tier airports, aka midwest, south, and north). They do that in order to reduce the amount of aircrafts flooding the DC airspace since it’s becoming difficult to land (extended spacing, go-arounds are probably plentiful). They’ve been continuing to depart from DCA when they can, I’ve heard a few. IAD will shove out internationals before anyone else tonight, so domestic travel is going to be heavily delayed in/out of there. Same for BWI, although they have far less traffic.
    Now there’s a national program in place, which means they’re heavily metering in and out of the DC area. Aircrafts inbound to these airports (IAD, BWI, DCA all have them) are now given an exact departure time and cannot depart before then, and that time will often shift forward as the weather continues. This enables them to control exactly who is coming in to the DC airspace.

    Right now IAD is accepting 15 arrivals an hour, which is less than a quarter of normal operations (~70). Arrivals are given priority (usually long haul flights first due to fuel reserves), which is messing up departures with what little space they have to get planes out in between storms. International departures get priority next, followed by measly domestic travelers.

  • OccasionallyAFact

    Whatever made you think that actual information is appreciated here?

  • Choogirl

    Boarded a flight to Dulles rather than National and got home in quickly. Don’t know how those people who waited for their flight to National faired though.

    • JamesE

      mine landed fine, just had to wait for an open gate for about 30 minutes.

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