DMV Residents Overwhelmingly Support Added Flights At DCA

Washington, D.C.’s Fox 5 Latest Poll Demonstrates That D.C., Maryland & Virginia Voters Strongly Favor Increasing Affordable Access & Travel Options To & From The National Capital Region

Washington, D.C. – The Capital Access Alliance (CAA), today highlights a Fox 5 DC InstaPoll that demonstrates that more than 65 percent of DMV residents support “more long distance flights out of DCA.”

The poll was conducted following Monday’s release by U.S. House and Senate negotiators of legislative language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill that authorizes five new slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). CAA is urging the full Senate and House of Representatives to stand with air travelers by supporting this bipartisan, bicameral legislation when it comes to a vote before both chambers in the days ahead.  

“Capital area residents, along with travelers around the country, want additional flights at DCA.  Why are the elected leaders from the DMV attempting to block these flights in order to further their own legislative agenda and protect one airline from competition?” asked CAA spokesperson and Northern Virginia resident Brian Walsh. “While residents have the benefit of two airports in the capital region to choose from when they travel, the lack of competition is robbing them of convenience and affordability. DMV leaders should listen to their own constituents and support more and lower cost air travel options.”

Aired at 10 PM on Monday, April 29, 2024

This poll echoes previous surveys of Virginia residents that found that more than 76 percent of Virginians support efforts to lower ticket prices. When hearing an explanation of the perimeter rule, voters in the Commonwealth oppose it by a two-to-one margin. In Northern Virginia specifically, nearly six out of 10 residents support reforming the perimeter rule. Another poll from Arlington, VA-based publication ARLnow also found that more than 50 percent of residents in the Arlington region support adding more flights at DCA.

About CAA

CAA consists of diverse members from around the country and various industries, including transportation, general business groups, the small business sector, entrepreneurs and job creators, organizations focused on economic development and leaders in the civic and policy communities. 

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