Washington, DC

Thanks to Shellie for sending Monday morning: “At DCA this morning at 8:15 AM – no flights on the boards out of the dreaded 35X gate

When we last spoke about 35x in November we learned:

“American Airlines continues to operate several flights a day using Gate 35X. Once the new concourse, which is currently under construction, opens next year, then flights will stop operating from Gate 35X.”

Washingtonian reported, via Airline Weekly:

“The Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld alliance carrier could begin flights from a new 14-gate concourse as early as April 20, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) President and CEO Jack Potter said at a board meeting Wednesday. The April opening — three months earlier than planned — is possible following an acceleration of construction work due to the decrease in air traffic during the pandemic.”

Here’s the latest official word from DCA on

“A new 14-gate concourse will replace busing operations from Gate 35X, increasing passenger comfort and convenience

Project Update

via DCA

The 225,000-square-foot New Concourse building is fully enclosed in glass and metal panels, complementing the design of Terminal B/C. Work has shifted to focus on the completion of interior tasks including: painting steel, placing tile, laying terrazzo flooring and installing moving walkways. Outside, new pavement around the building allowed for delivery and installation of passenger jetbridges. The next phase of construction is the build-out of concourse-level holdrooms and ground-level airline support offices.

Estimated Opening: July 2021



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