Reagan Washington National Airport

Happy 75th Birthday, Reagan Washington National Airport

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport turns 75 on June 16, and the party is already underway – with promotions, giveaways, pre-security performances and a special historic aircraft arrival.

In honor of the airport’s founding in 1941, restaurants across the airport are offering “First Class Meal Deal” specials for $19.41 and, as part of a ‘gift with purchase’ promotion, anyone who spends $100 in combined food and retail purchases at the airport can get a free, vintage-style travel bag.


On Reagan National’s actual anniversary, June 16, passengers on the 75th arriving flight will be treated to music and dance performances and a giveaway at the gate.

The airport will also host the Aero Club of Washington for a lunch on June 16 in the Historic Lobby—the original ticketing area of the airport when it opened—with remarks from Doug Parker, President and CEO of American Airlines.

But wait – there’s more!


Flagship Detroit, a restored, American Airlines DC-3 aircraft and the same model that opened National Airport 75 years ago will arrive on Wednesday evening, June 15, for display at the Aero Club Lunch.

A full listing of events and promotions is on the DCA website and more details (and giveaways) are already flying on the airport’s Twitter feed.

But for now, here are the restaurants offering $19.41 specials this week:

Sam and Harry’s – Terminal C, pre-security
Legal Sea Foods – Terminal B/C, pre-security
Reservoir – Terminal A, post-security
Page – Terminal A, post-security
U Street Pub – Terminal B/C, post-security
Washington Pour Bar – Terminal C, post-security
Lebanese Taverna – Terminal B/C, post-security
Grill District – Terminal B, post-security
Cibo – Terminal B, pre-security

Shops Offering Promotions this week:

As Kindred Spirits – Terminal B/C, pre-security
America! – Terminal B/C, pre-security
InMotion Entertainment – Terminal B/C, pre-security
Capital Image – Terminal B, pre-security
Landau – Terminal C, pre-security
iTravel 2 – Terminal B, pre-security
Dunkin Donuts – Terminal A, pre-security

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Canstruction art at Reagan Washington National Airport

Giant structures made from canned goods are on display at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport through Saturday, November 9.


Local architectural and engineering firms made the structures, which are on display in the baggage claim level in Terminals B/C. After Saturday, the cans of food will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

Food Truck

Look down – and around – at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Flight, by Michele Oka Doner, a floor medallion at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Next time you’re at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport look down – and around.

The airport has thirty works of art that are part of the building, including 10 floor medallions on the concourse.

The one above, titled “Flight,” is by Michele Oka Doner and, like the other floor medallions, may be hard to see when the terminal is busy.

But all the medallions, as well as all the other art that’s part of DCA airport, is on he website. Click here to take a tour.

Lovely AND fun to say: Hooloomooloo, by Frank Stella.


Nikki Giovanni at Reagan Washington National Airport

If you’re passing through Reagan Washington National Airport on Monday morning, February 27, 2012, around 10 a.m. then make your way to the historic lobby of Terminal A for a poetry slam.

The event is part of the airport’s Black History Month celebration and the local high school students competing will be judged by  a panel that includes Nikki Giovanni, a well-known poet and a New York Times Bestsellers List author; Amy Young, poet laureate from Alexandria, Va.; and Vincent Young, published author, artist and Airports Authority employee.

Following the Poetry Slam, Nikki Giovanni will read selections from her works and answer questions from the audience. A real treat!

Fresh art at Miami Airport; peppy music at DCA

The newest exhibition at Miami International Airport is called Reinventing the Landscape and includes traditional and contemporary paintings of environments ranging from the Florida Everglades and Colombian botanical gardens to isolated habitats in the southeastern United States.

Look for work by Elisabeth Condon, Nancy Friedemann, Mark Messersmith, G. Mirta Paula, Paul Sierra and Elizabeth Thompson in MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery, Concourse E, just past the security checkpoint.

And thanks to Greg Mamary from the American Association of Airport Executives, who was kind enough to snap and send along this photo of the marching band he encountered recently at Reagan Washington National Airport during an employee pep rally/customer service initiative kick-off.

“They had a high school marching band that played, danced and sang through the entire length of the ‘new’ terminal. It was great to see passengers’ reactions.”