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.

Robert E. Buchanan has been selected as the 2021 Williams Trophy recipient

The Washington Airports Task Force (WATF) is pleased to announce that Robert E. Buchanan, Principal of Buchanan Partners, President of the 2030 Group, and member of the WATF Board of Directors for more than 30 years, has been selected as the 2021 Williams Trophy recipient for his leadership for regional cooperation in every aspect of our region’s transportation needs, including critical transportation issues that have had a significant impact on ground access to our airports—Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. “When you stop and think about it, Bob has been on the front lines of every regional transportation issue for the last 40 years and, in doing so, has greatly improved the regional economy and the quality of life for our residents. His strong support of Dulles Airport and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is immeasurable and makes him an outstanding selectee for the Williams Trophy,” noted Keith Meurlin, WATF President.