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STERLING, Va. — The westernmost runway at Dulles International Airport has been closed to accommodate private planes for inauguration weekend.

David Mould, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says the airport expects about 300 private aircraft to park there. For Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, a record 700 private planes flew into Dulles. A runway was also closed then.

Mould says the airport has parking for private planes, but when that fills up, it becomes necessary to close a runway. He says “it shouldn’t have any impact on commercial service.” The runway was closed Thursday night.

The airports authority has already warned travelers that Tuesday is expected to be very busy at both Dulles and Reagan National airports. People flying the day after the inauguration are advised to arrive early to deal with long lines.

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