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Boston tops Atlanta as #1 destination for DCA passengers

812,000 flew from Reagan National to Boston Logan over 12-month period.

Boston is now surpassing Atlantic as the No. 1 destination of travelers from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, according to updated federal data.

For the 12-month period ending May 31, about 812,000 passengers traveled from Reagan National to Boston’s Logan Airport, according to figures reported by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

That compared to 753,000 traveling to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which placed second.

Rounding out the top five destinations from Reagan National: Chicago-O’Hare (692,000); Orlando International (521,000); and Miami International (479,000). Also in the top 10 were Dallas-Fort Worth; New York-LaGuardia; Charlotte-Douglas International; Fort Lauderdale International; and Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

Hartsfield-Jackson had been the reigning champ in the pre-pandemic era for the top number of passengers from Reagan National. It ended 2019 (the last full year before the pandemic) in the top spot, with Chicago-O’Hare second, Boston third, Dallas-Fort Worth fourth and Miami fifth.

The data represent airport-to-airport pairings, not metro-area-to-metro-area. Airports in Boston and Atlanta are aided in the rankings by being the lone major airports in their respective metro areas, while many other cities have two or more.