Welcome to the WATF 

The Washington Airports Task Force (WATF) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for expanding and enhancing aviation services in Virginia and the National Capital Region. WATF is the only organization whose mission is to support our Virginia airports and its users, including passenger and cargo airlines, corporate and general aviation and others who benefit directly or indirectly from airport operations. WATF is focused on positioning Washington Dulles International Airport (Dulles) for continued growth while sustaining the gains already made and supporting Reagan National Airport (National) in a changing air transportation environment. 

WATF at-a-Glance 

55-member Board of Directors comprised of the region’s and Virginia state business leaders who recognize both Dulles and National as economic engines that fuel our regional, Northern Virginia and Virginia economies. Dedicated staff of four professionals with a background in airport operations, community development, and marketing. Administers Foreign Trade Zone #137, which serves the Dulles region by providing a competitive advantage, by way of savings on Customs duties, for companies with locations on U.S. soil. Serves as convening force for consumer, civic, and economic interests in a region where growth is directly tied to the success of our airports. Has a history of taking on hard to solve issues for the benefit of our airports and stakeholders.


The Washington Airports Task Force's 40th Annual General Meeting and Williams Trophy Presentation 
was held January 20, 2023

The 2022 Williams Trophy was awarded to:

“The Silver Line”

And honored the Counties of Fairfax and Loudoun, the Town of Herndon, MWAA and WMATA for their regional cooperation and leadership in fulfilling the vision of rail to Dulles.

From left to right: Chuck Stipancic, Chairman, Washington Airports Task Force Board of Directors; Penny Gross, Vice Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Phyllis Randall, Chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; Sheila Olem, Mayor, Town of Herndon; Bill Sudow, Chair, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors; Keith Meurlin, President, Washington Airports Task Force; Shiva Pant, Chief of Staff, WMATA; John Milliken, Senior Fellow in Residence, at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University