BWI January record: 1,040,137 passengers

Maryland Watch

February 22, 1997

Passenger numbers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport reached record levels in January, breaking the 1 million mark for the first time as airlines added larger aircraft and carried greater loads.

January traffic jumped 29.4 percent over that of January 1996, when a blizzard nearly halted air travel for several days. Compared with January 1995 and its better weather, the 1,040,137 passengers last month amounted to a 5.6 percent increase.

BWI has experienced modest growth since it logged a 34 percent increase for 1994, when an explosion of low fares, sparked by the arrival of Southwest Airlines, lured thousands of new travelers.

Still, the number of passengers reached a record 13.4 million last year, as several airlines had double-digit growth. This year, BWI is expected to handle 13.7 million passengers.

BWI retained its position as the second-busiest airport in the region, behind National Airport.

Officials at BWI also said air cargo volume was up in January, with 25.7 million pounds handled, surpassing last January's total by 47 percent and January 1995's total by 48.5 percent.

Pub Date: 2/22/97

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