BWI passenger traffic rises 2.3% in 2009 despite recession

BWI one of only two large airports to see increase last year

February 18, 2010|By Gus G. Sentementes | gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

The number of passengers who flew last year through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport increased 2.3 percent increase compared to the previous year — one of only two airports among the 25 largest in the continental United States that showed growth, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The airport had 20.9 million airline passengers last year, despite the impact of the recession on travel, the O'Malley administration reported. More recently, the airport has seen passenger gains climb 8.4 percent over the last six months, the administration said. Two new airlines started flying out of BWI last year: JetBlue, with flights to Boston, and Cape Air, with flights to Hagerstown and Lancaster, Pa.

Southwest Airlines accounted for more than half of BWI's passenger traffic in 2009, with 10.9 million passengers. AirTran Airways had the second highest passenger count, with 3.3 million.

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