Bwi Digest


March 10, 2003

Two airlines ease policies related to ticket changes

US Airways has introduced a "peace of mind" policy to ease concerns about making airline reservations during this period of political unrest.

In the event of military action or the issuance by the U.S. Homeland Security Department of a Code Red terror alert, the airline will allow customers to make changes to previously booked travel itineraries without incurring the standard fees.

Information: 800-428-4322.

Continental Airlines will allow customers purchasing trans-Atlantic travel tickets through March 31 to make certain changes without incurring administrative service charges.

Changes may be made to nonrefundable, published-fare and restricted tickets through May 31.

Information: 800-525-0280.

Tips offered to avoid delays while traveling

Baltimore-Washington International Airport officials offer tips for travelers to avoid delays.

The status of each flight can be checked by contacting the airline or checking the airport's Web site, Travelers should be sure to check in at the airport 90 minutes before domestic flights and two hours before international flights.

Passengers should remember to pack wisely and be aware of items prohibited on aircraft. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration offers a "Prepare for Take-Off" air travel guide online at www.tsatravel

Check-cashing services to be available at airport

The Travelex Business Services Center at Pier C at BWI will offer check-cashing services to airline passengers and airport employees starting today.

Travelex will cash personal and travelers' checks up to $100 for a $9 fee. BWI employees can cash payroll employee checks for a fee of $9 for checks of $450 or less. A 2 percent charge will be applied to cash checks of more than $450.

Travelex is behind the Pier C information desk on the upper-level ticketing area of the terminal.

Aer Lingus executive to speak at breakfast

Aer Lingus Executive Vice President Jack Foley will be the keynote speaker at the next BWI Business Partnership "Spirit of Success" breakfast meeting Thursday.

The Irish national airline will begin offering direct service between BWI and Shannon Airport and a continuation flight to Dublin Airport in Ireland on March 30. Aer Lingus will operate five days a week, excluding Tuesday and Saturday.

Maryland Aviation Administration Executive Director Paul Wiedefeld also will give his monthly update on activity at BWI.

The partnership is a nonprofit economic development and transportation management association of area employers.

The meeting will take place at the Sheraton International Hotel across from BWI. Registration is to begin at 7:45 a.m. Admission is $25 for nonmembers.

Reservations: 410-859-1000.

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