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MWAA and United Airlines sign long-term lease at Dulles

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and United Airlines have agreed to sign an extension of the Airport Use Agreement and Premises Lease at Dulles International Airport through 2024, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced in a statement today.

The long-term lease extension will continue United’s major presence at Dulles Airport. The company established its domestic and international hub operations there in 1986.

“Today’s agreement is critical to the economic prosperity of Northern Virginia and air service throughout the commonwealth,” McAuliffe, said. “The extension of the United lease solidifies Dulles as Virginia’s gateway to the country and the world and a critical piece of our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”

The Use and Lease Agreement governs the operational and financial aspect of an airline's use of airport facilities in addition to the business arrangements between airlines and airports.

The current lease for airlines at Dulles had been set to expire at the end of 2017, but a budget bill introduced by McAuliffe and passed by the General Assembly incentivized the negotiation of a seven-year extension of the lease with airlines by providing a total of $50 million --- or $25 million in annual airport funding in 2017 and 2018 --- in order to reduce airline operating costs and increase the competitive position of Dulles Airport.

The Airports Authority board adopted the lease extension at a meeting in July before it was approved by United.

“We are proud to be a part of the Northern Virginia and the greater Washington community and look forward to the important role that Dulles will continue to play in United’s global route network for years to come,” Oscar Munoz, United’s chief executive officer, said.

The Dulles agreement establishes a new capital program from 2018 through 2024 for the maintenance and improvement of airport infrastructure, including terminals, airfield pavement, passenger conveyance, baggage handling, utilities, roads, airline gates and the international arrivals facility. Extending the agreement term at Dulles through 2024 is also consistent with the Use and Lease Agreement terms in place for airlines at Reagan National.


That is great that UA will stay at Dulles. There was a chance they could have reduced service as they examined their hub system. But..now do something about the airport! It is dreadful looking. Visit Denver Airport, light, bright and fun…Dulles is dull, boring and bleak, much like the city it serves…is that the deal? Denver is a bright, fun city and its airport reflects it! Singapore too!! OMG…now that is an airport!!

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