Baltimore–Washington International Airport
Thurgood Marshall Airport
|IATA: BWI – ICAO: KBWI – FAA LID: BWI
– WMO: 72406
|Owner||Maryland Aviation Administration|
|Serves||Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area|
|Location||Anne Arundel County, near Glen Burnie, Maryland|
|Focus city for||Southwest Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||146 ft / 45 m|
FAA airport diagram
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (IATA: BWI, ICAO: KBWI, FAA LID: BWI) is, as of calendar year 2014, the largest, by passenger count, of three major airports serving the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area in the United States, the other two being Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. It is commonly referred to as BWI or BWI Marshall. Located next to the CDP Linthicum in northern unincorporated Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the airport is about 10 miles (16 km) south of Baltimore and 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Washington, D.C. The airport is named after Thurgood Marshall, a Baltimore native who was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.
BWI is a focus city for Southwest Airlines, the third largest airport by number of departures for that airline after Chicago Midway and Las Vegas as of its June 2015 schedule. With a 71% market share in 2014 (including subsidiary AirTran), BWI is also a fortress hub for Southwest. A record 22.7 million passengers traveled through BWI in 2012, an increase of 1.3% over the previous year. BWI was the 23rd busiest airport of North America and the 69th in the world in 2013 by number of passengers.
In 2010 BWI was ranked as the best airport of its size (15–25 mil. passengers) in the world by the Airports Council International based on its 2009 Airport Service Quality survey. The airport also won second place for North American airports in the "Best Food and Beverage Program" of the 2010 Richard A. Griesbach Excellence in Airport Concessions Contest, sponsored by the Airports Council International.
Police services are provided by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
- 1 History
- 2 Terminals
- 3 Airlines and destinations
- 4 Operations and statistics
- 5 Ground transportation
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Planning for a new airport on 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) to serve the Baltimore/Washington area began just after the end of World War II. Ground was broken in 1947. Located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland next to the site where Friendship Methodist Church stood until 1948, Friendship International Airport was dedicated on June 24, 1950, by President Harry Truman. Truman arrived in the Independence from Washington National carrying Governor William Preston Lane, Jr. and Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. on his first aircraft flight. The following month the airlines moved to the new airport from Baltimore Municipal Airport (southeast of Baltimore at ). The Official Airline Guide for April 1957 shows 52 weekday departures: 19 Eastern, 12 Capital, 8 American, 4 National, 3 TWA, 3 United, 2 Delta, and 1 Allegheny. Miami had a couple of nonstops, but westward nonstop flights did not reach beyond Ohio; Baltimore's reach expanded when jet service started. The early Boeing 707s and Douglas DC-8s could not use Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport did not open until 1962, so Baltimore became Washington's jet airport in May–June 1959 when American and TWA began transcontinental 707 flights.
The State of Maryland, through the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), purchased Friendship International Airport from the City of Baltimore for $36 million in 1972. Under MDOT, the Maryland State Aviation Administration took over airfield operations and grew from three employees to more than 200. Plans to upgrade, improve, and modernize all Maryland airport facilities were announced almost immediately by the Secretary of Transportation, Harry Hughes. To attract passengers from the Washington area, the airport was renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport in 1973.
The first phase of BWI modernization was completed in 1974 at a cost of $30 million. Upgrades included improved instrument landing capabilities and runway systems, and construction of three new air cargo terminals, expanding the airport's freight capacity to 2.53 acres (1.02 ha).
The passenger terminal renovation program was complete in 1979, the most dramatic work of the airport's modernization, which was designed by DMJM along with Peterson & Brickbauer. The BWI terminal more than doubled in size to 14.58 acres (5.90 ha); the number of gate positions increased from 20 to 27. The total cost was $70 million. To continue the work, the BWI Development Council was established to support initiatives for airport development.
The BWI Rail Station opened in 1980, providing a rail connection to passengers on the busy Northeast Corridor through Amtrak. BWI was the first airport in the U.S. with a dedicated intercity rail station. In particular, the station provided relatively easy transit access to Washington, D.C., something that Dulles will not have until 2018 at the earliest. In 1997 a new international terminal (Concourse E), designed by STV Group and William Nicholas Bodouva & Associates, was added, though Dulles continues to hold the lion's share of the region's international flights, and BWI has not attracted many long-haul international carriers. British Airways has had a presence at BWI for many years. AerLingus, Air Jamaica, Air Aruba, Air Greenland, El Al, Ghana Airways, Icelandair, KLM, Ladeco, and Mexicana previously flew to BWI. Military flights, operated by the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command, continue to have a significant presence at BWI.
In the first half of the 1990s runway 15L/33R was extended 1,800 feet from 3,199 feet to its current length of 5,000 feet allowing it to be used for smaller passenger jets like the 737.
Beginning in the 1980s and later for much of the 1990s, BWI was a major hub for Piedmont Airlines and successor US Airways, but that airline's financial difficulties in the wake of the dot-com bust, the September 11 attacks, and intense low fare competition forced it to reduce its presence at the airport. The airport has been a major haven for low-cost flights in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area since Southwest Airlines' arrival in September 1993 and subsequent expansion in the early 2000s. Southwest is the airport's largest carrier, accounting for 56.12% of passengers carried in 2011. Southwest Airlines currently serves on average 245 daily departures to destinations in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.
To accommodate Southwest's extensive presence at the airport, in 2005 Concourses A and B were expanded, renovated, and integrated with one another to house all of that airline's operations there. This new facility, designed by URS Corporation, opened on May 22, 2005. On October 1 of that year, the airport was renamed again, to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, to honor the former US Supreme Court justice, who grew up in Baltimore.
On Aug 5, 2014 little-used  runway 04-22 was permanently closed. It was only 6,000 feet long and used primarily when the main runways needed to be closed for repairs. BWI Marshall’s 6,000 foot-long Runway 4-22 was rarely used. The last operation on the runway was a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago Midway that arrived at 4:18 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5.
In late 2008, Health magazine named BWI the second healthiest airport in the United States. In 2009 the airport had a six percent increase in air travelers due to the proliferation of discount flights. In a 2009 survey of airport service quality by Airports Council International, BWI was the world's top ranking airport in the 15-to-25-million-passenger category. BWI also ranked seventh, in medium-sized airports, based on customer satisfaction conducted by J.D Power and Associates.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has five concourses, though Concourses A and B were essentially merged into a single concourse in the renovations completed in 2005. The Maryland Aviation Administration has its headquarters on the third floor of the terminal building.
Concourses A and B have 25 gates: A1 to A11 and B2 to B15.
Southwest Airlines is the only tenant of concourses A and B.
Concourse C has 14 gates: C1 to C14.
The tenants of the concourse are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and US Airways. Concourse C is connected to Concourses A/B by a secure connector.
Concourse D has 38 gates: D1 to D5, D7, D8, D10 to D16, D21 to D42, D46, and D47.
It serves Air Canada Express, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and United Airlines. The far end of Concourse D is built at ground level to serve small regional planes. Gates D30-D35 and D38-D47 are blocked off to passengers with a temporary wall.
Concourse E has 5 gates: E1, E3, E4, E6, and E8.
Officially known as the Governor William Donald Schaefer International Terminal, it serves Southwest Airlines (international arrivals that are not pre-cleared), British Airways, Condor and WOW Air. All international arrivals from non-pre-cleared destinations and all charter airlines are handled at Concourse E. The Air Mobility Command has a post in Concourse E flying active service troops out to worldwide destinations.
The airport's cargo concourse covers a 395,000 sq ft (36,700 m2) area. Its facilities include a 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) cargo building in the Midfield Cargo Complex, a foreign trade zone, a 17 acres (6.9 ha) air cargo ramp, and ramp parking for 17 aircraft with direct nose-in access for 8 freighters.
- British Airways contracts the Chesapeake Club Lounge in Concourse E, near entrance to the concourse, for use by its elite and Club World passengers.
- The USO operates a lounge on the lower level of the Terminal between Concourses D and E for United States military personnel and their families.
- Airspace Lounge opened on May 7, 2011.
Currently improvements are being made to widen concourse C. Concourse C will be given the level of amenities found at the A and B concourses in approximately 8,500 square feet (790 m2) of new food and retail space. On April 30, 2013, the airport opened the new concourse C security checkpoint, with nine security lanes, the most at the airport, as well as a new concourse A/B-C connector.
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in the process of designing a new air traffic control tower that will replace the current tower. The new tower is estimated to cost between $21 million and $26 million and be 228 feet tall. There is no estimated start date.
On July 12, 2013, BWI Airport and the Maryland Aviation Administration launched a 3-year $125 million construction project. This project will include modernizing concourse D, a new airside connection linking concourse D and E, and the new configuration of the concourses will allow 2 gates on concourse D to serve both domestic and international flights. The project is scheduled to begin in late 2014 with an estimated completion date of fall 2016.
Airlines and destinations
^1 All US Airways flights will be rebranded as American Airlines flights effective October 17, 2015.
^2 All US Airways Express flights will be rebranded as American Eagle flights effective October 17, 2015.
operated by Alaska Airlines
|Seasonal: Cancun (begins December 26, 2015)||E|
operated by Xtra Airways
|Seasonal: Cancun, Punta Cana||E|
|Atlas Air||Charters (Domestic and International)||E|
|Omni Air International||Charters (Domestic and International)||E|
|Swift Air||Atlantic City, Havana||E|
operated by Bahamasair
operated by Sunwing Airlines
|Seasonal: Punta Cana||E|
operated by ABX Air
|FedEx Express||Indianapolis, Memphis||Cargo|
|FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo||Newark, Salisbury||Cargo|
|UPS Airlines||Chicago-Rockford, Louisville, New York-JFK||Cargo|
Operations and statistics
With winds from the north or west, aircraft will generally land on runway 33L and depart on runway 28. When the winds are from the south or east, arrivals are on runway 10 and departures are on runway 15R. Use of the smaller parallel runway (33R/15L) is restricted to smaller propeller-driven aircraft and small corporate jets. The largest planes that land at BWI regularly are Boeing 757s, McDonnell Douglas MD-11s, and Boeing 767s. Because of the many cargo and charter operations at BWI, it is common to see one or two Boeing 747s or Airbus A330s on a daily basis as well. Runway 10/28 was closed for a 60-day period that began on August 20, 2012 to update and implement safety requirements for Runway Safety Areas established by the Federal Aviation Administration.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 276,133 aircraft operations, an average of 757 per day: 93% air carrier, 6% general aviation and less than 1% military operations. In 2009, there were 75 aircraft based at the airport: 45 single engine, 19 multi-engine, and 11 jets.
As of January 2014, Southwest Airlines, including its subsidiary AirTran Airways, represents approximately 71% of passengers followed by Delta Air Lines at 8%.
BWI is currently the busiest airport within the Baltimore–Washington area with 11,067,317 boardings in 2011. This is ahead of Dulles International Airport at 11,043,829 enplanements and in front of Ronald Reagan National Airport with 9,053,004 enplanements. BWI serves the most domestic passengers in the Baltimore–Washington area while Dulles serves more international passengers.
Top domestic destinations
|1||Atlanta, Georgia||719,000||Delta, Southwest|
|2||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||524,000||Southwest, Spirit|
|3||Boston, Massachusetts||485,000||JetBlue, Southwest|
|4||Charlotte, North Carolina||453,000||Southwest, US Airways|
|6||Providence, Rhode Island||305,000||Southwest|
|7||Detroit, Michigan||294,000||Delta, Southwest|
|9||Chicago (O'Hare), IL||284,000||American, Spirit, United|
|10||Las Vegas, Nevada||278,000||Southwest, Spirit|
|3||Delta Air Lines||149,211|
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Aircraft operations||Cargo
Shuttle services, taxis, and buses
Passenger van service to and from the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland is available through BayRunner Shuttle with services to and from BWI to Kent Island, Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury, Ocean Pines, and Ocean City (for the Eastern Shore) and Grantsville, Frostburg, Cumberland, Hancock, Hagerstown, and Frederick (for Western Maryland). There are also numerous private car, rental car, and cab services, as well as shuttles that go to and from BWI to local hotels; Baltimore and Washington and their suburbs; and Central and Western Maryland.
Bus service between BWI and the Greenbelt station of the Washington Metro and MARC Camden Line is provided by WMATA's Metrobus on Route B30 every 40 minutes from 6am-11pm on weekdays and 8:30am–10:30pm on weekends. The regular fare is $7.00 and the disabled/senior citizens rate is $3.50.
The Maryland Transit Administration's Bus Route 17 serves BWI 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the hours when the Light Rail operates, buses operate to the Patapsco Light Rail Stop. When the Light Rail is not in service, buses operate to Downtown Baltimore.
The Maryland Transit Administration's Bus Route 99 serves BWI during peak periods every half hour on weekdays 6:15am–7:45am & 2pm-5pm NB and 6am-9am & 3:20pm–4:50pm SB . Route 99 connects with the MTA Light Rail Station at BWI Business District and Baltimore Metro at Old Court Station, also serving U.M.B.C, CCBC Catonsville, Catonsville, Security Sq Mall, Woodlawn, Milford Mill and Randallstown. Route 99 also has express portions of the route on I-95 from BWI to U.M.B.C. and I-695 from Edmonson Ave & Ingleside Ave (NB from CCBC Catonsville) to Security Sq Mall.
MTA Commuter Bus route 201 connects BWI with Arundel Mills, Burtonsville, Norbeck, Shady Grove station, and Gaithersburg. Buses operate once an hour (4am-6pm eastbound, 5am-11pm westbound), seven days a week. Fare is $5.00.
BWI Rail Station is located about a mile from the airport terminal; a free shuttle bus connects the train station and airport terminals. The station is served by Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains, including the partially high-speed Acela Express, and the MARC Penn Line. Travel time by train is about twenty minutes to Baltimore's Penn Station and thirty-five minutes to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Trains depart at least once an hour seven days a week, with departure times during rush hours and business hours being significantly more frequent.
The Maryland Transit Administration's Light Rail line has a stop just outside the entrance to the airport's International Terminal. Passengers can take the Light Rail to a variety of destinations in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County, and can transfer to the Metro Subway in Baltimore, or to either of MARC's Baltimore terminals. A ride downtown takes approximately 30 minutes. Trains run every 20 minutes during peak hours, and 30 minutes all other times.
In June 2007, the Maryland Department of Transportation, at the request of the Maryland General Assembly in 2006, commissioned a report on a proposal to extend the Washington Metro Green Line, from its current terminus at Greenbelt, through Howard County to BWI.
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