Don’t fight the problem, solve it – General George C. Marshall

Since our creation in 1982, the Washington Airports Task Force (WATF) has fostered the importance of air transportation’s role in the economic and cultural life of the Virginia and National Capital Region.

We cultivate relationships and promote competition in order to create sustainable air service and economic growth for future generations of air travelers. We are goal oriented and work in concert with the public and private sectors to catalyze hundreds of millions of dollars in economic return. Major results in which we have played a key and sometimes decisive role include:
Air Service Growth
  • Evolution of Washington Dulles as a major international gateway providing non-stop services to markets forming 80% of the world’s economy;
  • 300,000 international air travelers annually expanded to more than six million;
  • Transfer of Washington Dulles and Reagan National from federal to regional control by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, a self-funding local government agency;
  • Creation of a Foreign Trade Zone associated with Washington Dulles;
  • Airport compatible land use policies by Fairfax and Loudoun Counties around Dulles--policies that lead the nation;
  • The groundbreaking “Open Skies” agreement with the European Union after a nine-year effort. The “Open Skies” agreement with Canada – a five year effort—and grassroots support for the nation’s “Open Skies” international aviation policies,
  • The Udvar-Hazy Center for the National Air and Space Museum, which opened on Washington Dulles in December 2003 after a 19-year campaign;
  • Ground access improvements, including a program to bring rail transit to the Dulles Corridor and improvements to the “Dulles Loop.”;
  • Progress toward a 21st century air traffic control system centered on the Potomac TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) at Vint Hill, Virginia;
  • Proposed Air Rights developments above Metrorail stations in the Dulles Corridor;
  • Reopening Reagan National to scheduled air service following the September 11, 2001 tragedies.

Our work has helped change the National Capital region’s air service from being among the worst in the nation to being among the best, has shaped the region’s evolution, and has helped enable significant economic growth.