Reagan Airport eclipsed Dulles in February 2013 passenger traffic

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Increases in service at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and commensurate decreases at Washington Dulles International Airport are one main reason that the former saw more passengers than the latter in February, the Sun Gazette reports.

It's a stark detraction from the way the airports have traditionally run, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says, in which Dulles typically served many times more passengers than Reagan per month.

The Sun Gazette says that in February of 2013, 1.435 million passengers arrived at or departed from Reagan, surpassing Dulles by more than 20,000 travelers. Year-to-date, travel at Reagan increased by 9.5 percent between February 2012 and 2013, while at Dulles, that same statistic dropped 7.5 percent.

Officials believe the uptick in traffic at Reagan can be attributed to the opening of more landing slots, the user of bigger plans and the increase in longer-haul flights going into and out of the Arlington airport.

Meanwhile, a handful of major airlines scaled back their service at Dulles.