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GAO examined the impact of legislative proposals to increase the number of flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on two other area airports-Washington Dulles International (BWI) Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport, focusing on: (1) the most prominent proposals that would allow an increased number of takeoffs and landings at Reagan National and create exemptions to the perimeter rule; (2) the extent to which Reagan National could safely accommodate more takeoffs and landings; and (3) whether adding flights at Reagan National to and from destinations beyond the current perimeter would cause passengers to shift their travel from Dulles or BWI.

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