The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) would be suspended between 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. ET on July 4 due to fireworks and fly-overs of military aircraft.
Washington Reagan National Airport issued this statement:
Flight delays are expected due to local FAA airspace restrictions
Delays are expected in the skies and along roadways around Reagan National on July 4 as large crowds gather in downtown Washington, D.C., to celebrate America’s birthday.
We are advising travelers to factor this into their airport arrival plans – especially for late afternoon and evening flights:
- Check flight status directly with your airline. Some flights will be delayed at various times due to fireworks, fly-overs and other event-related activities downtown.
- Expect roadway congestion near the airport due to heavy pedestrian activity and event-related roadway closures.
- Consider using Metrorail instead of driving to the airport. The airport station offers normal train service to/from points north in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Free shuttles will continue operating from the closed Metro stations in Alexandria.
Photo: Dulles Airport.