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BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Announces Record October Passenger Traffic

Sixth-Straight Monthly Record as Airport Reports 1.99 Million Passengers In October 2010


Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall today announced that 1,994,905 passengers traveled through the Airport in October. That figure, an increase of 7.2 percent over October 2009, was an all-time October record for passenger traffic at BWI Marshall.

October 2010 was the sixth-straight monthly record for passenger traffic at BWI Marshall, including July, the busiest month in the history of the Airport. Passenger traffic has increased at BWI Marshall for 16 of the past 17 months. The only exception was February 2010, when record winter storms seriously impacted airline flight schedules throughout the nation.

“The strong demand and consistent growth that we have seen at BWI Marshall Airport are indicative of the strength of this market,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “We remain committed to providing convenient, easy travel for our residents, businesses, and visitors.”

Southwest Airlines, the largest airline at BWI Marshall Airport, served 1,085,361 passengers in October, a 9.2 percent increase over October 2009. Southwest recently announced that it would serve two new destinations from BWI Marshall starting in March 2011—Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina. Along with other additions, Southwest will offer 192 daily departures during the peak summer months of 2011, an all-time record for the airline. Southwest provided 182 daily departures during the summer of 2010.

AirTran Airways, the second leading carrier at BWI Marshall Airport, reported 298,463 passengers for October, an increase of 10.7 percent. Other airlines that posted solid growth at BWI Marshall Airport for October 2010 included US Airways, American Airlines, and JetBlue Airways.

“The record level of passenger traffic that we saw this summer has continued in September and October,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport. “We thank our customers for using BWI Marshall Airport for their travels.”