Patience, planning advised for spring break travel...

BWI Digest

March 06, 2000

Patience, planning advised for spring break travel

Baltimore-Washington International Airport officials, expecting thousands of extra passengers to go through their terminals over the next month because of heavy spring break travel, ask travelers to plan ahead and arrive at the airport two to three hours before their flight departs.

Starting this past Saturday, Airport BWI officials expect more than 10,500 spring break travelers to pass through their international pier over the next four weekends. They anticipate the busiest days will be March 11 and 18.

Airport BWI officials encourage travelers to use shuttle, taxi and mass transit services whenever possible. For If picking up or dropping off travelers, the BWI garage offers free parking for the first half-hour.

Information on parking: tune in to 1040 AM near the airport, or call 800-I-FLY-BWI.

Airport sees 5.1% increase in international traffic

International passenger traffic at Baltimore-Washington International Airport grew by 5.1 percent in 1999, according to airport officials.

British Airways saw a slight increase as the leading international carrier, with 118,078 passengers, and Air Aruba saw the biggest growth, a 186 percent increase in passengers, to 13,330. Other busy airlines were Air Jamaica, which grew 11.7 percent, to 88,438 passengers, and Air Ontario, with a 6 percent increase, to 67,262 passengers.

Aer Lingus has expressed interest in joining the BWI international fleet. In January, the Irish carrier filed a request with the U.S. Department of Transportation for authorization to provide service between BWI and Ireland's Shannon Airport and Dublin Airport.

BWI travelers contributed $2.4 billion to economy

The continuing growth of BWI has benefited Maryland's tourism industry.

According to a recent study of tourism activity commissioned by the airport, the 3.8 million tourists who arrived in the Baltimore-Washington area through Baltimore-Washington International Airport in 1998 spent about $2.4 billion for food, entertainment and transportation. These purchases helped support more than 52,000 visitor industry jobs, the study said.

The study, by Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pa., also found that airport activity generated $619.7 million in state and local tax revenue.

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