Washington Dulles International Airport
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The millions of travelers and employees using Dulles International each year translate into high volume consumer traffic for the Airport’s shopping and dining venues. Here are some vital statistics about the Airport and its strong base of likely buyers.
In 2016, Dulles International served nearly 22 million passengers, with international passenger traffic setting a new record of 7.5 million passengers. This marked the thirteenth consecutive year of international passenger growth at Dulles International. In addition, domestic passenger traffic increased for the second straight year.
- 76% of passengers arrive more than an hour prior to departure time.
- The median household income was $83,550 in 2015.
- Nearly one-third of connecting Dulles International passengers arrive on an international flight.
- 61% of passengers at Dulles International arrive more than an hour prior to departure time.
- Among those who arrive at Dulles International via aircraft connection, 32.1% arrive via an international connection.
- There are 135 gates and approximately 312,000 airline take-offs and landings each year.
- The nearly 19,000 on-site airport employees, including full- and part-time staff, are frequent shoppers at the Airport’s shops and restaurants.
- In 2016, sales per enplaned passenger (SPE) was $11.11.
- Conveniently located in Loudoun County, the most affluent county in the U.S.
- 7 of the top 15 wealthiest counties in the U.S. surround Dulles
- View 2016 sales (PDF)
The Washington, D.C. regional economy has grown steadily over the past two decades and remains strong. This economic strength translates into a healthy base of passengers traveling through Dulles International.
- As home to the federal government and the fifth largest regional economy in the nation, the area currently boasts the second-highest Gross Regional Product per capita in the US.
- Dow Jones & Co.’s MarketWatch named Washington the Best City for Business, citing the region’s strong economy and low unemployment rate.
- Fifteen Washington-area companies were on the Fortune 500 list of the country’s largest companies by revenue in 2016.
- Population growth in the metropolitan Washington area has consistently outpaced population growth in the United States. Within the region, the largest concentrations of population are in the Fairfax County, Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland; Prince George’s County, Maryland; and the District of Columbia.
- The Washington, D.C., metro area had the highest median in the United States, according to a 2016 report from the US Census Bureau. This is supported by unemployment rates that fall below the national average.
- Nine of the 20 counties in the United States with the highest household income are in the D.C. region.