Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) announced it is updating signage throughout its terminals, roadways and parking areas to make it easier for passengers to navigate the newly expanded facilities and more closely align with terminology used at other major airports.
The signage change is set to take effect this weekend. Upon installation, the sign package will simplify passenger travel from curb to gate, by adding concourse initials to every gate number, e.g., Gate 23 in the newly named Concourse C will become Gate C23.
Signs throughout the airport will reflect the change, and airlines will begin using the alphanumeric gate designations on boarding passes and flight information screens on Sunday, June 5. While no gates are relocating and no airlines are moving, passengers are advised to check their boarding passes and in-airport monitors to confirm their gate assignments.
The following week, June 6-10, DCA will update signage outside the terminal buildings and along airport roadways and Metro station entrances to reflect new terminal names. The current Terminal A will become Terminal 1. It will contain Concourse A, serving Southwest, Air Canada and Frontier airlines. The current Concourse B/C will be renamed Terminal 2 and will contain Concourse B, serving Delta, United and Alaska airlines; Concourse C serving American and JetBlue airlines; and Concourses D and E, serving American flights.
“We believe these sign enhancements will assist travelers moving through the terminals,” said Paul Malandrino, vice president and DCA manager. “With new facilities constructed as part of Project Journey, updating the signs airport-wide became the next logical step to help passengers navigate the airport. Our team has worked hard to prepare for the conversion of over 1,000 signs.”
The re-naming follows completion of Project Journey, a $1 billion capital project that built two new security screening areas, opening more of the newly named Terminal 2 to “post-security,” and added a new concourse to accommodate American Airlines’ regional flights, which formerly required a bus ride from the gate to remotely parked airplanes.