Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI/KBWI)

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Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • BWI has the lowest CPE by nearly half when compared to the other airports in America’s Capital Region.
  • BWI sits at the center of America’s Capital Region. The Baltimore/Washington metro area is the 4th largest travel market in the United States.
  • BWI handled 27.1 million passengers in 2018.
  • Tourism is thriving in America’s Capital Region. BWI is to most convenient gateway for both business and leisure traffic.
  • Unlike the other international airport in the region, BWI offers both heavy rail and light rail options for passengers with a dedicated airport rail station. This train service can get passengers to downtown Washington D.C. or downtown Baltimore in fewer than 20 minutes.

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.

Marketing and other support

  • BWI has recently introduced a revised air service incentive program to include fee waivers and marketing support. Contact Annette Fisher for more details.

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

  • With nearly 10 million people located within a 90 minute drive of BWI, the airport’s catchment area includes the nation’s fourth largest metropolitan area and boast one of the highest average household incomes in the country. The local population also has a high propensity to travel by air, ranking fourth in the top U.S. metro areas. Not only does the local community travel but the region is also home to eighteen Fortune 1000 companies – helping to drive premium business traffic.

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.

Cargo Continues to Increase at Record Rates

  • BWI handled over 199,000 tons of cargo in 2018 – a 20% increase from the year prior.
  • BWI ranks as one of the top airports by cargo volume on the United States East Coast.
  • The air cargo ramps can accommodate more than 30 aircraft.
  • United States Customs and Border Protraction 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 offers rail service from both Amtrak and MARC. The service provides multiple daily departures to both downtown Washington D.C and downton Baltimore via the BWI Airport Rail Station. This train service can get passengers to downtown Washington D.C. or downtown Baltimore in fewer than 20 minutes.
  • Light Rail also operates directly from the terminal to downtown Baltimore.
  • The airport has excellent road service right off of Interstate 95 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 75 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

  • With a continuous program of infrastructure reinvestment, BWI offers passengers unmatched convenience and amenities for the region. The recently expanded international concourse guarantees gate availability for international flights. BWI also offers international passengers the shortest CBP clearance times on average of any airport in the Capital Region.

Vital statistics

  • BWI currently supports an average of 650 daily flights. 16 airline partners provide nonstop service to more than 90 global destinations.
  • Top Airlines at BWI by market capacity
    • Southwest 67%
    • Spirit 10%
    • Delta 7%
    • American 6%
    • United 4%


  • BWI has the lowest CPE by nearly half when compared to the other airports in the America’s Capital Region.
  • Contact Paul Bobson for more details.