6 gates added at BWI

September 15, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

Construction has begun on a $27.6 million project to add six new gates to the end of domestic Pier C at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The work, scheduled to finish in fall 1995, also will include remodeling of the interior of Pier C. The first new gates are due to open in spring 1995. Pier C will remain open during construction, but there will be some shuffling of the use of individual gates.

"In the past year, we have seen a phenomenal growth in our traffic," Ted Mathison, Maryland Aviation Administration chief, said at a ceremony yesterday introducing the project. Domestic traffic at BWI jumped by more than 40 percent during the first half of 1994, and new gates are needed to keep up with the demand for space, officials said.

Southwest Airlines, which is expanding its Baltimore service, will move into the six new gates. The state is contributing about $1 million to the project. The rest will come from passenger facility charges.

O. James Lighthizer, state secretary of transportation, said the work is part of a $414 million, five-year plan to upgrade airport facilities. The plan also includes the lengthening of the airport's main runway, the construction of a new international pier and the construction of an observation deck.

Greiner Inc. of Timonium designed the Pier C extension. Its construction and related taxiway work will be done by the Ralph M. Parsons Co. of Baltimore, the Hardaway Co. of Odenton, Richard F. Kline Co. of Frederick and OMNI Construction Inc. of Bethesda.

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