BWI Digest

BWI DIGEST

Howard Business

September 30, 2002

BWI is ranked 44th on list of 100 busiest airports in world

Baltimore-Washington International Airport ranks among the 50 busiest airports in the world, according to a list of the top 100 airports recently released by the Airport Council International.

BWI ranked 44th-busiest in the world last year, based on its passenger total of 20.4 million, up 3.9 percent from the previous year. BWI was the world's 51st-busiest airport in 2000.

The world's busiest airport was Atlanta's Hartsfield International (75.8 million passengers), followed by Chicago's O'Hare International (66.8 million). Dulles International (17.8 million passengers) and Reagan National (13.1 million) airports ranked 55th and 74th, respectively.

Southwest's baggage claim moved to belts on Pier B

Southwest Airlines passengers no longer need to walk from one end of the airport to the other to pick up their luggage.

The airport has moved Southwest's baggage claim area to Pier B, where the airline's flights arrive and depart. Southwest passengers can exit Pier B on the upper level and go straight downstairs to claim their bags on Belts 3, 4 and 5.

Panel discussion to mark Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Maryland Aviation Administration will hold a public panel discussion among three Hispanic aviation professionals at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 on the upper level of the Observation Gallery at BWI.

Millie Hernandez-Becker, president and chief executive officer of Westchester Air; Capt. Michael Navarro, assistant chief pilot for Southwest Airlines; and Lt. Mario Gonzalez, a Navy pilot, will present "Three Perspectives on a Changing Industry."

For reservations: 410-859-7229.

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