ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Reagan National Airport in the Washington area is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

President Franklin Roosevelt selected the site for the airport and opened it in 1941. It was originally named National Airport. In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill to change its name to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The airport served about 344,000 passengers in its first year.

Today it serves more than 18 million passengers a year.

Another airport in the D.C. area, Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. williejoe says:

    That s……t hole airport was built for the sole express purpose of a convenience for Congress & Senate members. They don’t want private citizens even near the place & believe me, after several harrowing landings due to runway space, I would gladly travel to BWI or Dulles if necessary.

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