One month after setting an all-time monthly record for passenger traffic, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported that 2,108,125 passengers traveled through the Airport in August. That figure, an increase of 5.2 percent over August 2009, was an all-time August record for passenger traffic at BWI Marshall, and the second-busiest month ever.
“The record summer at BWI Marshall Airport confirmed that this is a vibrant, growing region that remains very attractive for airline service,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “The continued growth highlights that the economy in the State of Maryland and in the region continues to move forward in a positive direction.”
Southwest Airlines, the largest airline at BWI Marshall Airport, served 1,128,231 passengers in August, a 10 percent increase over August 2009. For the summer months, Southwest boosted its level of flights to 182 daily departures at BWI Marshall, the most ever for the airline.
AirTran Airways, the second leading carrier at BWI Marshall Airport, reported 364,105 passengers for August, an increase of 1.6 percent. AirTran provided 63 daily departures this summer at BWI Marshall, a record for the airline.
“We thank our travelers and our airline partners for making this summer so successful,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport. “Our focus on customer service, coupled with some of the lowest average airfares of any major U.S. airport, continues to make BWI Marshall the ‘easy come, easy go’ airport.”
Passenger traffic has grown at BWI Marshall Airport for 14 of the past 15 months. The only exception was February 2010, when record winter storms seriously impacted airline flight schedules throughout the nation. Other airlines that posted significant growth for August 2010 included US Airways, American Airlines, and British Airways.
Cargo shipments at BWI Marshall also increased in August, with total cargo shipments reaching 18.7 million pounds, a 3.4 percent increase over August 2009.