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August 27, 2009

AirTran plans BWI flights to Caribbean islands

AirTran Airways wants to begin service to several Caribbean islands from three cities, including BWI Marshall Airport. The Florida-based airline filed applications this week with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin offering service to Nassau, Bahamas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and the island of Aruba. The service would begin later this year and early next year if approved. Service to Nassau and Montego Bay would begin from Atlanta, Baltimore and Orlando, while service to Aruba would originate in Atlanta and Orlando.

- Hanah Cho

BDC seeks consultants to redevelop city sites

The Baltimore Development Corp. said Wednesday it is seeking environmental consulting firms that would assist with redevelopment of contaminated sites in the city. The city's economic development arm will have $400,000 available in October to use for environmental cleanup on development sites that qualify as brownfields. The money is coming from two grants from the Environmental Protection Agency. Baltimore has more than 1,000 brownfield sites totaling more than 2,400 acres. Developers would be able to apply for assistance once the EPA grants are available this fall, with priority given to projects that create jobs.The consulting firms for the projects will be selected through a competitive process, with applications due to the BDC Sept. 24. The city expects to choose the firms in October.

- Lorraine Mirabella

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