For sixth straight month, BWI sets passenger record

Airport sees growth in October vs. same month last year

December 13, 2010|By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the busiest October in its history, continuing a six-month string of setting records for passenger traffic, the Maryland Aviation Administration said Monday.

Almost 2 million passengers — 1,994,905 — passed through BWI during the month, a 7.2 percent increase over October a year ago. BWI Marshall has recorded year-to-year increases in traffic for 16 of the past 17 months. The only month that failed to show growth was February, when two snowstorms closed the airport. The airport marked its busiest month ever in July.

More than half the passengers who used BWI in October traveled on Southwest Airlines, which carried 1,085,361 to and from the airport that month — a 9.2 percent increase compared with the same month in 2009.

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