BWI Digest

BWI DIGEST

March 03, 2003

Passenger traffic up 4.7% in December vs. December 2001

More than 1.5 million people used Baltimore-Washington International Airport in December, up 4.7 percent from December 2001. Domestic traffic increased by 4.6 percent, and international traffic increased by 8.1 percent.

Southwest Airlines led passenger totals with 683,836 travelers, a 12.2 percent increase. American Airlines was the second-busiest carrier, with a 22.67 percent increase to 125,378 passengers. AirTran Airlines had a 436 percent increase to 94,489 passengers.

Cargo operations had a record-setting year with a 5.4 percent increase that moved more than 49.2 million pounds. Federal Express continued to lead in cargo transportation, with a 7 percent increase.

New signs to guide drivers to airport parking areas

The Maryland Aviation Administration will add a standardized roadway guidance and parking sign system to the airport and surrounding roads as part of the state Department of Transportation's Consolidated Transportation Program.

The system will provide guidance to BWI's hourly, daily, ESP and satellite parking facilities. Signs are to be installed on Interstate 195 as part of the airport's $1.8 billion expansion program. Within three to four months, signs will appear on major entrance roadways near BWI and its facilities. As travelers approach the airport, signs will inform them which lots are in use and the number of available spaces.

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