Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI/KBWI)

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Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • BWI sits at the centre of the Washington/Baltimore region, the 4th largest travel market in the US.  BWI handled 22.3 million passengers in 2014.
  • The Washington/Baltimore area is the 4th largest metro area in the US with over 8.6 million residents. The Washington/Baltimore area has the highest median household income of the top US metro areas and the low unemployment rate.
  • Tourism is thriving in the Maryland/Washington DC area. BWI is an important gateway to the nation’s capital, Washington DC where millions of tourists visit each year.
  • Maryland ranks 3rd in the U.S. among the best states prepared for economic growth in the “new economy.”

Baltimore/Washington International Airport's latest new airline is Spirit Airlines operating to DFW and Fort Lauderdale. Condor currently offers a seasonal summer Frankfurt service, but BWI believes this would be viable year-round.

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BWI's 8.6 million catchment is 4th largest metro area in the US and home a substantial number of government agencies, US and overseas corporate headquarters, and over 30 institutions offering graduate and higher education. Up to a third of the 10,000 attending Washington's American University are international students, while the Johns Hopkins University undergraduate Class of 2013 – the biggest ever – represents some 35 nations!

Catchment Area

  • Highest median household income
  • 4th largest metropolitan area population
  • Lowest unemployment rate among large metropolitan areas
  • Home to 19 “Fortune 1000″ companies
  • More than 1,000 international firms from 50 countries
  • A large and wealthy foreign-born population

The importance of distribution to seven surrounding states explains the sponsorship value behind the Washington Redskins' FedExField. 1,000 major local firms requiring just-in-time inventory include a huge constituency of Fortune 500 defence companies such Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and CoverGirl, the Procter & Gamble cosmetics giant.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • BWI had over 107,000 tons of cargo activity at the airport in 2011, ranking 33rd in cargo for US airports and 10th in total cargo volume for east coast airports. BWI’s primary market area includes seven surrounding states while its secondary market area includes an additional 14 states. The airport has 10 cargo buildings and has direct nose-in access for 15 freighter positions. The air cargo ramps can accommodate 24 aircraft, and US customs service is available 24 hours a day. A large amount of freight forwarders and customs brokers operate at the airport.

The airport has excellent road service right off of Interstate 95, while Washington's Union Station can be reached in just 18 minutes from the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Rail Station (currently undergoing $10 million improvement). (Terminal photo by Greg Pease)


  • BWI is located southwest of the city of Baltimore and northeast of Washington DC. The climate is moderate, experiencing four seasons but does not have harsh winters with significant snow.
  • BWI has Amtrak ACELA Northeast Express rail service, and MARC commuter train service to downtown Baltimore, Washington DC and other East Coast cities. Light Rail also runs from the international concourse to downtown Baltimore.The airport has excellent road service right off of Interstate 95 (6 miles away), and is linked to 5 major interstate highways. A new Inter-County Connector highway recently opened up giving residents in the northern suburbs on DC better access to BWI.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runway: 3
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Terminals: 1 terminal includes 5 concourses (4 domestic and 1 international/swing) with 69 jet gates
  • Passenger terminal is 1.98 million square feet (45.4 acres)

Despite offering the lowest operating cost of any nearby airport, construction has started on a major terminal enhancement programme.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Construction has started on a major terminal enhancement programme.  The construction will include: a new, expanded security checkpoint; a secure connector between Concourses B and C with moving sidewalks and other passenger amenities; and an improved Concourse C facility with improved airline gate hold rooms and new food and retail space.
  • BWI Marshall will also construct an expansive airside connector to provide convenient and direct passenger access between Concourses A, B, and C.  The post-security connector would allow passenger access between the 14 airline gates on Concourse C with the 26 gates on Concourses A and B.  The design includes new moving sidewalks and approximately 8,500 square feet of new food and retail space for travellers.
  • The Airport also will renovate Concourse C to improve passenger circulation and improve airline gate hold rooms.  The enhancements to Concourse C also include new concession space.

Vital statistics

  • Passenger number: BWI had 22.5 million passengers in CY 2011, including 15.5 million O&D passengers. There are 9 US scheduled carriers and 4 non-US carriers. Sixty-eight domestic markets are served nonstop with 332 daily departures, while 8 international markets are served with 10 daily departures. Southwest/AirTran is the largest carrier with 74% of the total seats at BWI. Delta is the next largest carrier with 9% of seats followed by United (6%), US Airways (5%), American Airlines (4%) and all other (2%).
  • Freight: 109,677
  • Largest carrier: Southwest/AirTran


  • BWI has the lowest operating cost of any Washington/Baltimore airport
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