- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 22, 2001

Flights between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and 42 cities canceled after the September 11 attacks will resume during the next three months.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta made the announcement late yesterday, as millions of Americans began their Christmas holiday travels.
By the time the last cities are added March 1, Reagan Airport will have 620 flights a day, 77 percent of its pre-September 11 level. The airport was closed for three weeks after the attacks, and air service has been restricted because of the facility's proximity to the Pentagon, White House and other government buildings.
Reagan Airport currently serves 25 cities, and service will be expanded to another 42. That means that beginning March 1, nonstop flights will be restored to every airport that had such service before September 11.
Special security procedures remain in place for all fights at Reagan. They include two security checkpoints where passengers must show identification; departures through specially secured gates; and armed air marshals on all flights. Pilots must fly direct routes in and out of the airport rather than follow the Potomac River.
Passengers flying into the airport have been told they cannot leave their seats during the last 30 minutes of each flight. Pilots have been told not to land if a passenger refuses to sit.
Beginning Jan. 2, flights can begin to and from Cleveland; Hartford, Conn.; Huntsville, Ala.; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tenn.; Montreal; New Orleans; New York Kennedy; Omaha, Neb.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Providence, R.I.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Tampa, Fla.
Beginning Feb. 1, planes can fly between National and Charleston, W. Va.; Columbia, S.C.; Dayton, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Norfolk.
Cities where service to and from Reagan can begin March 1 are Albany, N.Y.; Allentown, Pa.; Baltimore; Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville/Spartanburg, N.C.; Manchester, N.H.; Morgantown, W.Va.; New Haven, Conn.; Portland, Maine; Rochester, N.Y.; Savannah, Ga.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Richmond; Roanoke; Salisbury, Md.; and White Plains, N.Y.
The airport currently has flights to and from Atlanta; Boston; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago O'Hare; Chicago Midway; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Miami; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; Newark, N.J.; New York LaGuardia; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; St. Louis; Seattle and Toronto.

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