New Non-Stop Flight From PDX to D.C.’s Reagan National

May 14, 2012

The Federal Aviation Administration restricts flights to and from the D.C. area. But it has now authorization for eight non-stop flights from Western cities to Reagan National. Senator Ron Wyden says it'll be good for business.

Ron Wyden said, "What I have been particularly struck by is how many small business people I have sat next to who, without my asking about their priorities for economic growth, will say if we can expand these flights Ron, this is going to make a difference.  I've got orders on the East Coast of the United States that I can't service now and I'd like the opportunity to get that business."

Wyden says demand for flights far exceeds the current capacity. There's already non-stop service between Portland and Dulles International. But the new flights will be to Reagan National Airport. Alaska Airlines will run the service. It's expected to be running by September 8th.

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