1.3 million travelers provide airport with a February...

BWI Digest

April 24, 2000

1.3 million travelers provide airport with a February record

More than 1.3 million people traveled through Baltimore-Washington International Airport in February, the highest total ever recorded for that month at BWI.

Domestic traffic grew 19.7 percent over February 1999 figures, and international traffic increased by 7.4 percent. Frontier Airlines added a second daily flight to Denver in mid-February and posted the largest increase, at 49.3 percent. America West climbed by 48.8 percent and BWI's largest carrier, Southwest, grew by 41.3 percent.

Other carriers with double-digit growth rates included Delta (18.7), American (19.7) and US Airways (10.7). Icelandair led international carriers with an increase of 23.4 percent and Air Jamaica grew by 27.2 percent.

Junior science symposium to do a fly-by this week

BWI was chosen to be host airport for the 36th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. On Thursday, students from across the country and abroad will arrive at BWI and register for the conference in the lower level of the international pier, just past the new USO facility.

They will be transported by bus to the symposium site, the Chevy Chase 4-H Center. Speakers at the symposium will be Dolores Etter, assistant secretary of defense for science and technology, and William Wolf, director of the National Academy of Engineering.

The conference is sponsored by the Army, Navy and Air Force and will run through April 30. The program promotes research and experimentation in the sciences, mathematics and engineering at the high school level.

BWI is the northeastern international gateway airport for military personnel traveling to Europe using the Air Mobility Command.

High-speed rail service is focus of public meetings

Public meetings have been scheduled on plans for the Baltimore-Washington Maglev Project, which is under way. If approved, the high-speed rail service, which would run on magnetic fields that float cars along guideways, would have direct access to BWI on its route from downtown Baltimore to Washington.

Speeds up to 300 mph are possible on a Maglev train, compared with a normal top speed of 100 mph for today's commercial rail service.

In May 1999, as part of the Maglev Deployment Program, the Federal Rail Administration named the Baltimore-Washington corridor as one of seven finalists for Maglev development.

The hearings will be from 4: 30 to 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore's World Trade Center, on Wednesday at Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington and on Thursday at Laurel High School.

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