Passenger total of 1.75 million sets one-month record...


July 17, 2000

Passenger total of 1.75 million sets one-month record

More than 1.75 million people used Baltimore-Washington International Airport during May, the highest passenger total for any single month in the airport's history.

The number topped the old record of 1.67 million set in August, airport officials said. Most air carriers at BWI also reported increases in their individual passenger totals. BWI's leading carrier, Southwest Airlines, served 573,811 passengers in May, an increase of more than 25 percent from the previous May. America West passenger totals increased by 37 percent, while American grew 29 percent and Continental and Delta posted gains of 13 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively. US Airways, BWI's second-leading carrier, served almost 415,000 passengers, an increase of 7.4 percent over May 1999.

Airport plans to mark BWI-Ireland service

A welcoming ceremony to mark the approval of new trans-Atlantic service between BWI and Shannon and Dublin by the Irish carrier Aer Lingus will take place today at noon on the upper level of BWI's international pier.

Aer Lingus plans to start three-day-a-week nonstop service in September and expand to daily service in the summer of 2001, using the Airbus A330 jet.

TWA places summer ban on pets as checked baggage

To prevent potential injuries and deaths of pets, Trans World Airlines has announced it will not accept pets as checked baggage effective immediately and continuing through Sept. 5.

TWA flights will continue to carry small pets in the cabin in approved pet carriers. TWA will also continue to accept pets in appropriate travel containers for shipment as cargo, provided that temperatures are not forecast to exceed 85 degrees during the time of shipment.

Passengers who have made reservations for travel with pets during the summer may call 800-221-2000 to either rebook or have their tickets refunded without penalty.

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