It’s commonly known, at least in the DC area, that convenience is determined by the amount of traffic there is at any given time. If you live in Northern Virginia and you have a flight during morning rush hour, you will try your hardest not to book that flight out of Reagan National. If you reside in the Nation’s Capital and your plane leaves out of Dulles International at 6pm, good luck.
The competition between BWI, DCA, and IAD has led to all three airports following more strategic approaches to draw passengers. Dulles for example is putting its focus on domestic flights while Baltimore is increasing traffic by offering lower fares and better transit access.
The good news in all this is that because all three airports are contained within a fairly small radius, there’s no shortage of options for travelers. For some, ticket prices are a determining factor for where they choose fly to and from. For others, it’s an issue of accessibility or more specifically, how close the airport is to the nearest metro. This race has become a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the passengers.