I'll still be rooting for Dulles success but it's going to still be uphill. National Airport is enjoying its city center presence and BWI is not giving up not letting up with its capital spending to maintain being the regions busiest with passenger boarding. I personally feel BWI is more Easy Come Easy Go than Dulles.
Firstly - that entire post was fascinatingly good. Thank you for the insight. Just to pick your brain, though - what are some of the challenges that IAD has ahead? Can you expand a little on the 'easy come, easy go' statement a little more? I mean - I could see how IAD has, perhaps - less traffic coming in and so would likely have more fight to keep a client, when contrasted against busy BWI that could 'take it, or leave it'. Overall, though - we know some of IAD's weaknesses (such as higher costs, and how that affects specific services) but what are some of BWI's?
Backing to your original point, and thank you to all of the others that very well demonstrated the traffic, and logistic challenges - BWI (and IAD) seem like much less a struggle now to get to (at least from the perspective of a tourist that loves the area). Arriving at DCA is stunningly simple - but now, BWI and IAD don't seem so far away anymore.
Thank you! Well, when I say "easy come, easy go" it's actually BWI's promotion which i personally believe.
BWI has many more ways to access the airport than IAD does. With IAD, and you will notice with its proponents on ANet that it seems the only way to access it by MAJOR artery is route 267 Dulles Toll Road. And NOVAIAD or dcaviation, please correct me if I'm wrong if there is another MAJOR artery (no stop lights) I am missing. BWI... there's route 295, inter.95, etc (by the way, Im not including route 29 in my PERSONAL analysis becuase of stop lights, though considered a Major Artery) and flurry of cross arteries expressways (no tolls) to get you to the airport...route 100, route 32, inter.195 etc
BWI has express buses as well from points of interests and job and transportation centers as well (MTA 201 and B30) and the already debated Amtrak/Marc and Metro access via B30.
Though they are multiple local street ways to get IAD, expressway options there seems to be only 1 and you're on it for an extended period of time and have to access it early without toll. That's not ease of access.
On Devolpement and Economics.
Please don't get me wrong. There has been a lot of developments in NoVa. It's become quite posh there, (here it comes) BUT, There's been a lot of development in Maryland as well. Maryland has been established in regards to its wealth and influence for a long time. Howard county (which is a Baltimore Metro County but has Washington influence) has grown exponentially with wealth and Montgomery County speaks for itself. Prince Georges County boast some of the wealthiest African American communities in the nation. Median incomes are also higher in Maryland. So if proponents continue to point out IADs proximity to wealth then BWI is well positioned up there too.
Washington's developments have had a most of them happen on its Eastern Side (closer to BWI).
I stress again that WASHINGTON DC PROPER residents IMO if faced with the decision of IAD or BWI, if National was not an option domestically, Would choose BWI because of ease of access by multiple arteries and modes of transportation.
BWI is shaped like a horseshoe with splinters for each pier. Behind security access to other terminals though not complete are actively being worked on but you dont have to rely on another mode of transportation to get to your terminal. The terminal is pretty walkable from check in to gate.
IAD does rely on other modes, rather it be by train or mobile lounge. YES there is an option to walk. And I know that 15 min walk would not be acceptable if it was the only option to get to gates at IAD, so proponents don't try to volley that option.
An additional mode of transportation to get to gates, no matter how fast it is, always creates anxiety for the common day to day passenger, which kills desirability. Especially if youve taken multipule already just to get to the airport. Unfortunately that is something IAD can't change and just like terminal expansion BWI is limited because of its horseshoe design.
I hope my personal analysis helps Rajahdhani.
P.S. I love Dulles airport just as much as I love National and BWI. Dulles's Checkin Hall is nothing less of ICONIC. We're privledge to have options in the area to fight about which airport is better instead of a monopoly like Atlanta or Denver. But iconic means nothing if I'm trying to easily get from Here to Chicago without National airport. Simple as that.