Ghana Airways files application to provide direct service...

BWI Digest

April 10, 2000

Ghana Airways files application to provide direct service to BWI

Ghana Airways jets could become a familiar sight at Baltimore-Washington International Airport as early as this summer. The airline filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide direct DC-10 jet service between Ghana in West Africa, Gov. Parris N. Glendening says.

To promote the proposed BWI-to-Accra service and other African initiatives, the governor is planning a trade mission to Africa in the fall.

"This is an exciting step that could lead to future trade, tourism and educational exchanges with Ghana and the rest of Africa," Glendening said. "It also serves as a signal to airlines around the world that BWI is a viable international gateway."

The airline plans to operate two flights a week from BWI to the capital city of Accra. If approved by the federal government, service would begin in early July.

Glendening said his chief of staff, Major F. Riddick Jr., has been instrumental in developing the Ghana Airways application.

Amtrak changing names for three if its services

Amtrak is renaming its services as Acela Express (the old Metroliner), Acela Regional (the old Northeast Direct) and Acela Commuter (the old Clocker Service).

The high-speed service Acela Express will begin serving the Baltimore-Washington International Airport rail station this year. Acela Express will have a new aerodynamic design, and all three services will feature new silvery tones of blue and gray. The Acela Regional train already serves BWI.

Construction begins on site for Midfield Cargo Complex

Construction has begun on the Midfield Cargo Complex to be located south of Baltimore-Washington International Airport's 60,000-square-foot building. Work started last month, and site work and utilities for the 358,800-square-foot complex are to be completed this spring, weather permitting. The building could be completed as soon as the end of the year, airport officials said.

"The Midfield Cargo Complex will enhance BWI's ability to provide businesses with a global distribution center that is as accommodating and convenient as any on the East Coast," said Maryland Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari.

As the demands for facilities and space increase, BWI's Midfield Cargo Complex is designed to expand to 724,800 square feet. The complex will provide warehouse and office space and meet the specific needs of all-cargo air carriers operating in and out of the airport. AFCO Cargo BWI II LLC, a private developer, is constructing the first warehouse.

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