The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located just a few miles south of Washinton DC. With the first passenger terminal opening in 1941, DCA is now a focus city for US Airways with hourly flights to New York City and Boston. It comprises 3 runways and 3 passenger terminals and is the airport closest to the US capital.
In 2011, DCA serviced nearly 21 million passengers. The airport, built partially on a large Virginia plantation, has faced repeated resistance against expansion over the years. In attempt to send more passengers to the nearby Dulles International Airport, flights to and from DCA may not exceed 1,250 nonstop miles. After 9/11, DCA imposed strict security measures such as a ban on aircrafts exceeding 156 seats and a requirement that pssengers remain seated aboard their aircraft 30 minute prior to departure. Both examples have since been lifted.