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National's Explosive Growth Threatens Dulles Airport

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Washington Dulles National Airport is in trouble.

Sometime in 2015, more people will travel through Reagan National Airport than Dulles, which is 14 times the size of National.

Virginia leaders are troubled by the development and say it threatens the financial viability of Dulles. A recent study shows that Dulles generated more than $1.2 billion in tax revenue and nearly $10 billion in labor income.

Local officials say the problem is Congress, which has relaxed federal rules restricting flights at National to facilitate nonstop service to various home states.

That helped fuel explosive growth at National, which has led to a sharp rise in noise complaints from Arlington County residents and overcrowded concourses that have airport officials scrambling to find more space at the airport, where resources are strained.

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