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Buddy pass embargo coming Oct. 31 for DCA

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      Delta and Delta Connection are adding 25 weekday departures from Washington-Reagan National later this month. The expansion is going to significantly increase passenger volume. So, buddy pass riders traveling out of DCA will be restricted from Oct. 31 through Dec. 31 while some needed logistical adjustments are made.While pass travel for employees, retirees, and their eligible pass riders is not subject to the embargo, all nonrevenue travel is strongly discouraged on flights departing DCA at these peak times: 4 p.m. Sunday through 10 a.m. Monday and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.“To accommodate the increased passenger boardings, we are in the process of hiring and training additional frontline agents, and remodeling our ticket counter, SkyClub and security checkpoint,” said Carol Zupancic, v.p.-Airport Customer Service, Stations. “The buddy pass embargo will allow our customer service agents to better serve our revenue passengers during the ramp-up of new service.”The buddy pass embargo is outbound only and does not apply to arriving buddy pass riders if DCA is their final destination. Buddy pass riders will also not be allowed on connecting itineraries through DCA. However, buddy pass riders may use Washington-Dulles and Baltimore-Washington with no restrictions.Employees and retirees who have buddy pass riders listed for travel departing DCA from Oct. 31 through Dec. 31 should contact their buddy pass riders to cancel these listings and make alternate arrangements.

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