LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The holidays are the busiest, and often most frustrating, time of year for flyers, but travelers in D.C.’s airports will soon have to deal with the same level of crowds year-round, a new report says.
The U.S. Travel Association announced Wednesday that new data shows an increasing amount of travelers and less investment in infrastructure will cause year-round traffic congestion at airports.
“Thanksgiving-like congestion will regularly plague airports much sooner than expected-decades sooner, in the case of some of the busiest and most vital hubs in the nation,” the report says.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will start to experience Thanksgiving-like traffic two days per average week next year, along with Newark Airport and Honolulu International Airport. The report says that’s sooner than expected.
Washington Dulles International is projected to have one day per week with Thanksgiving-like traffic by 2015 and that will bump up to two days per week by 2017.
Ronald Reagan Washington National fared the best out of the area’s three major airports. It is projected to experience those levels of congestion one day per week by 2020 and two days per week by 2027.
U.S. Travel found that in 2013, six of the top 30 major airports were already experiencing congestion levels equal to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving about one day per week.
This year, the number of airports already at that congestion level has more than doubled to 13.
The report says, “major investments in air travel infrastructure are desperately needed to restore service to even basic levels of adequacy, let alone cope with the expected coming demand.”
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