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Going from no flights to two flights from SFO to Washington, D.C.'s centrally located Reagan-National Airport will mean that Silicon Valley players will be much closer to the lobbyists and politicians they need to have on their side.

San Francisco is going from zero non-stop flights to Washington National Airport to two non-stops this summer. Virgin America announced today that it will start its service to the airport just a few miles from Capitol Hill on August 14. United started service on the route two weeks ago. Flights from San Francisco to Washington National had been illegal for more than 40 years. Virgin America got a much coveted exemption to the airport’s perimeter rule.

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