Gulf Carrier Impact:
In 2016, Washington, D.C. international traffic grew to a record 7.5 million passengers. With growing routes from Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, D.C. experienced its 13th consecutive year of international travel growth.
Etihad added a Customs Border Clearance Gate which allows U.S officers to screen passengers and let them avoid long immigration lines, making travel easier.
Based on strong customer demand, Emirates introduced the Airbus A380 on its Washington route to accommodate travelers.
More than 15 percent of the population living in the Capital region was born outside of the U.S. and more than 1,000 foreign-owned companies from 50 countries have operations in the area, making expanded access to international markets critical to area businesses and travelers.
D.C. residents support access by the Gulf Carriers. View their letters here.