Welcome to Washington Dulles / Columbia, SC!

 

 

Council 28 and Washington Dulles / Columbia Welcome You

On behalf of your Local Executive Council Officers, we would like to welcome you to Council 28 – serving the Washington Dulles International Airport and Columbia, SC.  Serving as the second largest crew base for our Air Wisconsin crew members (IAD) and our newest crew base (CAE), we would like to say thank you for choosing Washington, Dulles and Columbia, and welcome you to our bases.

IAD Airport Information

Dulles Airport, also known as Washington Dulles Airport is located 26 miles (42 km) west of the city centre of Washington, in Virginia, USA.

Washington Dulles Airport is an international airport in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. It serves mostly the District of Columbia in the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area. It operates to/from over 120 destinations worldwide.The airport has currently 4 runways and it’s planned to construct a fifth one. Dulles airport has expanded its infrastructure with a new traffic control tower, two parking garages and more gates in Terminal B.In 2015, Dulles Airport handled more than 21M passengers. This figure ranks the airport between the three major airports in Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area.

Terminal Information

IAD airport has a Main Terminal and 2 Concourses buildings: A/B and C/D, two satellite terminals. Dulles Airport has a total of 123 gates.

There are 2 areas of gates: “H” gates and Concourse Z (a set of 4 gates with jetbridges). H Gates are used as the waiting areas for airlines that use planes parked and don’t have jetbridges. The other 4 gates hosts Frontier Airlines, Air Canada Express and Silver Airways.

Concourses A-B: Operate all United Express & non-United flights.

Concourse A has 47 gates. It mostly operates with international flights and it has several gates that manage regional jets and small planes. This gates are located on the ground floor and are mostly used by United Express.

Concourse B has 28 gates and operates with all non – United domestic and Canada flights but some international carriers use it as well.  It has a direct connection with the AeroTrain.

Concourses C-D include United Airlines as the only carrier that operates in Concourses C and D. Most of the United Express jet operations (Not including Air Wisconsin) and United flights are handled out of this concourses.

Concourse C is provided with a Federal Inspection Station to deplane passengers directly via a jetbridge. It’s possible for all the flights not originating at an airport with United States customs preclearance.

It’s planned to construct a new C-D concourse on the future named as Tier 2. It is going to have 44 gates.

Transportation

Washington Dulles Airport is connected by the following ground transportation:

  • Silver Line Express Bus
  • Bus
  • Metrobus
  • Taxi
  • Rental Cars

The Silver Line Express Bus links links the airport with the Silver Line’s Wiehle-Reston East Metro station in about 15 minutes.

Bus – Fairfax Bus offers two routes: 981 and 983. Route 981: stops at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum. Route 983: It is subjected by the opening hours of the museum. As well as route 981, it serves the Reston population.

Metrobus – Route 5A: runs to/from Rosslyn VA and L’Enfant Plaza in Washington D.C. including the Herndon–Monroe Park and Ride garage as well.

Taxi – Washington Dulles Airport it’s exclusively served by Washington Flyer Taxicabs company. It operates 24/7. To pick up one taxi follow the Ground Transportation signs marked at the Main Terminal (lower level). Credit cards and cash is accepted for payments. To make a reservation, please, call the following number: 703-572-TAXI (703-572-8294).

Rental Cars – Different agencies provide car rental offers available to all drivers that request it.

CAE Airport Information

Airport Name – Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Airport Location – The airport is located 7 miles southwest of downtown Columbia

A small, convenient transport hub, Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is one of a few entry points for visitors to the ‘Palmetto State’ of South Carolina.

Flights to Columbia Metropolitan Airport are operated by American carriers offering short connections to bigger, international airports such as Chicago O’Hare, New York’s LaGuardia, and Washington-Dulles.

South Carolina is often overlooked as a major tourist destination, but it is a beautiful state, offering plenty of outdoor activities, and down-home southern hospitality. Make sure you check out the Riverbank Botanical Gardens – one of the most beautiful urban parks in the whole of North America.

Getting Into Town

Airport taxi: Taxis are readily available outside the terminal building during the day. It will cost a maximum of $20 to get downtown and take only about 15 minutes.

Bus: There is a public bus service (Bus Route 28A) between the airport and downtown Columbia, provided by The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority. The buses stop just outside the lower level of the terminal building, through the exits from baggage claim (between the terminal building and the Airport Police booth). The buses arrive (and depart shortly thereafter) at 7:57am, 8:57am, 3:18pm, and 4:18pm every day. Tickets are under $3.

Car Parking

The new multi-level parking garage at Columbia Metropolitan Airport offers space for more than 3,500 vehicles. You can choose between ‘surface’ (uncovered) parking, covered parking (within the garage), and valet parking. Fees are as follows: for surface parking, $1 for every 20 minutes, with a daily maximum of $8. Covered parking is free for the first 20 minutes, $3 for 20-40 minutes, and $1 for every 20 minutes after that, with a daily maximum of $12 and a weekly rate of $66. Valet parking charges a flat rate of $14.

Facilities

Money and communications: There is an ATM located in the upper level of the terminal building, near the shopping area.

Luggage: There is a lost and found office, located in the lower level of the terminal building, near the baggage claim area.

Conference and business: Columbia Metropolitan Airport has a business center, open from 6am to 6pm on weekdays. You’ll find it in the main lobby of the terminal building. Facilities include computer workstations, a fax and photocopy machine, a lounge, and a kitchen area. The Carolina Room (lower level, down the passage from baggage claim) can accommodate groups of up to 80 people. In addition, hard-wired ethernet ports are located all over the airport.

Shopping: A very basic selection of shops and kiosks can be found in the upper level of the terminal building (near the boarding gates), selling travel accessories, books, newspapers and magazines, snacks, souvenirs and gifts.

Food and drink: A restaurant area is located in the upper level of the terminal building, where the boarding gates are. Here, you can find a small selection of cafes and snack outlets, a restaurant proudly selling ‘American food’, and a couple of bars.

Other facilities: Other facilities at Columbia Metropolitan Airport include the Everett Adams Memorial Chapel, a Columbia City Police precinct, vending machines, and basic access and facilities for disabled passengers.

Wi-Fi: Fast, free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the terminal building.