At National, there is a federal limit on how many routes the small airport can handle and on how far those routes can fly. International destinations are limited to Canada, Nassau, and Bermuda. Although it is not a hub, National is considered a focus point for US Airways. Combined with Delta, American, and United, these airlines offer travel to more than nine million business and tourist travelers every year.
US Airways serves more than 3.85 million passengers annually. Its busiest route is the Boston Shuttle with 15 roundtrips daily. The popular New York route offers 16 direct flights daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ten direct flights connect with Charlotte, US Airways hub. New Orleans is another popular destination with five direct flights daily offered by partner Republic Airlines. US Air also offers three daily flights to Phoenix and one to San Diego. US Airways uses Terminal B, Pier 2, and Terminal C.
United Airlines and its partners serve some 1.56 million travelers every year. United has secured four long distance slots, and it currently uses them for its daily round trips to Denver and San Francisco. The Cleveland and Houston routes are popular due, in part, to transfers. United partner Express Jet operates as the United Shuttle with six regular flights to Newark. Be forewarned that afternoon flights are more likely to run late than the early morning ones.
Delta Airlines serves more than 2.5 million. Many use the airlines flights to Atlanta and catch a connecting flight to their final destination. The Delta Shuttle, which uses Terminal B, offers 15 direct flights to NYC-LaGuardia daily. Delta offers two direct flights to Salt Lake City as well. The Delta Connection partners include Compass Airlines, Express Jet, Pinnacle Airlines, and SkyWest. American Airlines is busy with more than 2.3 million customers. With the only direct flight to Los Angeles, the Delta flight fills up quickly. American and partner American Eagle fly more than five times daily to major destinations/transfer points Chicago and Dallas.
JetBlue is one of the economy carriers at Reagan National. It offers travel to about 788,000 passengers, and much of it is vacation travel. Florida destinations include Orlando theme parks and the beaches of Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue recently received one of the coveted long distance slots and now offers a daily flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico.