MWAA‘s mandate, and goals are to serve the aviation needs of the DC Metropolitan Area. By striving to improve efficiency and ensure safety and protection, the MWAA hopes to develop an effective management. The Airport authority has its own police force, as well as many other trades servicing the terminals, roadways, parking lots, and all important Air Operations Area (“AOA”). According to the MWAA website, “The MWAA Police Department does much more than patrol the airport terminals and grounds. Authority Police also provide primary law enforcement to the buildings and properties surrounding Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International Airports and patrol the Dulles Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road. These are the roads which provide express travel from I-495 and to I-66 to Dulles International Airport.The Dulles Access Highway was built to serve Dulles Airport users and, by federal law and Authority regulation, is restricted to airport users (as stated in Metropolitan Washington Airports Regulations, §4.2). The Dulles Access Highway is Authority property, and the Authority Police have primary police jurisdiction along with the Virginia State Police and the Fairfax County Police.
The other large regional international airport, Baltimore-Washington international (BWI), is not under the auspices of MWAA because they operate independently. BWI is owned by the state of Maryland and has it’ own operations system, the Maryland Aviation Administration..