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BWI-Marshall sees big uptick in passengers



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    Despite increased fees and a still somewhat-rocky economy, more people from the Baltimore/Washington region are taking to the sky.

    More than 2 million passengers flew out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in June. That’s the most ever for the month of June and the second highest in the airport’s history (just behind August 2001).

    Compared to June 2009, BWI-Marshall saw an uptick of 8.9 percent more riders.

    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said the growth highlights the strength of the region.

    “This strong performance of BWI-Marshall is good news and another indicator that Maryland’s economic recovery is well under way,” he said.

    The biggest contributor to the growth was Southwest Airlines, which served about 1.1 million passengers in June.

    Airport officials said Southwest boosted its domestic flights from BWI-Marshall and also added a new destination: Panama City, Fla. The airline saw a 15 percent increase from the same time last year.

    Along with Southwest, BWI-Marshall also got a big boost from AirTran, Air Canada Jazz, Continental Airlines, US Airways and American Airlines.

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