Airport preference from among the three Washington, D.C., area airports varies widely by specific area of residence. Overall, though, almost four-in-ten D.C.-area residents prefer Reagan National, and two-in-ten prefer Dulles or BWI Marshall, reports WBA Research.
WBA Research, in a report on transportation in the Washington, D.C., area, found, in part:
When questioned about why Reagan National was preferred,, the primary reason was location (22%), followed by convenient bus, rail or taxi service (13%), easy road access (7 %), convenient (6%), less expensive airfare (5%) and smaller airport.
When asked why BWI was preferred, the primary reasons was location (16%), easy road access (13%), familiar to me/used to it (12%), good parking facilities, (8%), less expensive airfare (7%), less traffic (5%), prefer specific airline/more airline choices (5%) and convenient to bus, rail or taxi service.
When asked why Dulles was preferred, location again topped the list (13%), followed by easy road access (6%), good parking facilities (5%) and familiar to me/used to it.
Residents of the District of Columbia are most likely to consider using Reagan National in the future. Even when controlling for location, those not likely to use BWI Marshall most often explained that it is inconvenient, while those not likely to use Dulles attribute it most often to traffic and/or the cost of flights
Residents of the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., are most likely to consider using BWI Marshall in the future.
Other than location, traffic and difficult access to the airports is the number-one deterrent to considering using any of the three airports.
Residents of the Northern Virginia/West Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., are equally likely to consider using Reagan National and/or Dulles in the future. Traffic and difficult access to the airport is the primary deterrent to likelihood of using BWI Marshall in the future.