Volcanic eruption affects few flights at BWI

April 17, 2010

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has experienced only minimal disruptions as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has grounded air travel across much of Europe for the past several days.

Linda Warehime, a BWI spokeswoman, said the nightly 9 p.m. British Airways departure to London's Heathrow Airport was canceled Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and that the airport was still awaiting word on whether Sunday's flight would go out. Incoming flights have also been affected.

Warehime said only a handful of passengers showed up at BWI for the Friday night flight and that even fewer were expected Saturday night because of widespread publiciity about the flight disruptions

Apart from the London flights, the only BWI departures affected have been military charters. Wareheim said one charter that was scheduled to go out Friday to Ramstein Air Base in Germany was delayed because the plane could not leave Frankfurt. That plane is now scheduled to arrive Sunday evening and depart later that night.

Michael Dresser

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