BWI Marshall Charts Record Growth

New all-time passenger record set in 2010

Monday, Feb 14, 2011  |  Updated 1:31 PM EDT
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BWI Marshall Charts Record Growth

Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways drove growth at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in 2010.

Things are moving along at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Nearly 22 million passengers flew through BWI Marshall in 2010, setting a new all-time record for passenger traffic at the airport, according to a statement from Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

BWI Marshall saw 21,936,461 commercial passengers fly in 2010, an increase of 4.7 percent over 2009.

The previous annual traffic record at BWI Marshall was 21,044,384 passengers, set in 2007.

“This new record is an important milestone that reflects the strength and the success of Maryland,” O'Malley said. “BWI Marshall Airport is a valuable transportation and economic development asset for the State of Maryland and the entire National Capital region. This record passenger traffic demonstrates that our investments in airport facilities and our focus on customer service continue to produce substantial dividends for Maryland.”

BWI Marshall’s leading carrier is Southwest Airlines, which serves more than half the passengers traveling through the airport. In 2010, 11.7 million passengers using BWI Marshall traveled on Southwest, a 7.4 percent increase over 2009. One reason for the jump could be that Southwest offered new markets in 2010, including Los Angeles, Panama City Florida and Seattle.

AirTran Airways, the second leading carrier at BWI Marshall Airport, reported nearly 3.6 million passengers for the year. AirTran’s market share increased to 16.2 percent of the airport’s total passengers. The airline added several new destinations from BWI Marshall, including Montego Bay, Grand Rapids, Jacksonville, and Huntsville.

Other airlines at BWI Marshall Airport that had significant increases in passenger traffic for 2010 included Air Canada, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and US Airways.

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