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Governor O’Malley Announces BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Had 2.3% Increase in Passenger Traffic for 2009

One of only few major U.S. airports to show growth in 2009

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that 20,953,615 passengers flew through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in 2009, a 2.3 percent increase over 2008. Of the largest 25 continental U.S. airports, BWI Marshall was one of only two to show growth in 2009.

“BWI Marshall Airport had a strong 2009, posting solid growth in a year that saw a global drop in air travel,” said Governor O’Malley. “This level of success reflects the strength of this market, and the Airport’s reputation for convenience and ease of use.”

The global economic recession impacted air travel particularly hard in 2009. According to the Air Transport Association (ATA), the industry trade organization for leading U.S. airlines, passenger volume fell 6 percent in 2009.

Over the past six months, the number of passengers at BWI Marshall Airport has grown by 8.4 percent. Passenger traffic has increased at BWI Marshall for seven straight months, and eight of the past nine months, dating back to April 2009.

Governor O’Malley added, “BWI Marshall Airport remains well-positioned as the economy continues to recover. This is a strong, attractive market for airlines. The Airport’s low cost carriers offer the lowest fares in the region, and BWI Marshall continues to be recognized as an efficient, customer-friendly gateway.”

Earlier this week, Airports Council International announced that BWI Marshall was the top performing airport in the annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey among worldwide airports serving between 15 and 25 million passengers. The annual survey program examines a wide range of services, operations, and facilities at airports worldwide.