Washington Dulles International Airport

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Coordinates: 38°56′40″N 077°27′21″W / 38.94444°N 77.45583°W / 38.94444; -77.45583

Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IADICAO: KIADFAA LID: IAD) is a public airport in Dulles, Virginia, 26 miles (41.6 km) west of the central business district of Washington, D.C.[2] The airport serves the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia metropolitan area centered on the District of Columbia. It is named after John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State under Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Dulles main terminal is a well-known landmark designed by Eero Saarinen.

Operated by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Dulles Airport occupies 11,830 acres (47.9 km2) of land,[3] straddling the border of Fairfax County and Loudoun County, Virginia.[1]

It is located within two unincorporated communities, Chantilly and Dulles. The airport is west of Herndon and southwest of Sterling. Washington Dulles Airport is the largest airport in the Washington metropolitan area, and is ranked as one of the nation's busiest airports, handling over 23 million passengers a year. Daily, more than 60,000 passengers depart Washington Dulles to more than 125 destinations around the world.[4][5] Dulles is the busiest airport in Virginia as well as the busiest in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Following the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, Dulles will be the fifth largest hub for United.[citation needed] In addition it will be their second largest East Coast hub after Newark Liberty International Airport.[citation needed]

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