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February 16, 2013
As a proud employee of Southwest Airlines, I read your article ("Is Southwest Airlines losing the luv?" Feb. 9) with dismay. Within the article you acknowledge the fact that Southwest is still the only airline allowing two bags to fly free while simultaneously berating the company for "swelling its bottom line. " While most of the reporting in this piece is technically accurate, the omission of information is unfortunate at best and could easily lead readers to believe that the opinions reflected by the few customers quoted here represent a majority.
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BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
For the third consecutive year, BWI Marshall Airport set a record for commercial passenger traffic, with 22.68 million travelers passing through its terminal in 2012, airport officials announced. The 1.3 percent increase over 2011 comes during a time of expansion of airport facilities and by commercial carriers. "This is great for the region and great for the businesses we support," said Paul Wiedefeld, executive director of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will be starting daily nonstop service between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Las Vegas on April 25. The flight, announced Wednesday, will leave BWI at 7:30 p.m. and arrive in Las Vegas at 9:22 p.m. The return flight departs Las Vegas at 11:47 p.m. and lands at 7:20 a.m. Spirit, which shifted its operation to BWI from Reagan National Airport outside Washington last September, also...
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
When it comes to the Super Bowl, Ravens fans are ready to go. Literally. In less than 24 hours since winning the AFC Championship, fans have booked just about every flight out of town to New Orleans. “[Demand] is overwhelming…” said  Buzz Levin, owner of The Travel Committee, a group and corporate travel agency based in Owings Mills. Levin said his company doesn't normally work with the general public, but being based locally and seeing the enthusiasm of the Ravens nation has caused him to make this Super Bowl an exception.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
A broad coalition of donors — including casino giant MGM, Delta Airlines, a Washington nightclub and thousands of individuals across the country — together gave nearly $6 million to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, providing a financial advantage that supporters say was critical to the effort's success. Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the main group working for approval of Question 6 on this month's ballot, raised $5.9 million — more than twice as much as opponents of the measure, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.
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by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
An annual survey of airline food gave Virgin America the top spot with the "healthiest" food choices in the sky, with Air Canada a close second and Alaska Air not too far behind. The 2012 Airline Food Survey conducted by the website DietDetective.com rated foods for 12 airlines, assigning an overall health score based on seven criteria: health of meals, health of snacks, food variety, calories, improvement from last year's survey, menu innovation and cooperation in providing nutritional information.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
There is no doubt that bird strikes are a growing problem that is likely to result in airline tragedy, but your recent editorial fails to discuss exactly what the FAA can do about it ("Don't count on another miracle," Sept. 14). It seems to me that any solution that would work would be objected to by environmentalists. Perhaps we could station shooters to kill as many birds as possible around airports. That would surely be unpopular, even if effective, but short of that, what are realistic options?
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Just days after Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport learned it would lose three daily Southwest flights early next year, it rolled out the welcome mat for three new daily flights by Spirit Airlines. The first flight arrived Thursday morning at Concourse C, making the low-cost carrier the ninth domestic airline at BWI. The Florida-based airline is offering twice-daily round-trip service to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and a single daily flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We have the legacy carriers - United, Delta, American - and we have the low-cost carriers that now includes Spirit.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
Southwest Airlines will discontinue service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Newark, N.J., beginning March 10. The carrier has offered three daily nonstop flights from Baltimore to Newark since June 2011. Southwest didn't realize the anticipated demand for the service, said Paul Flaningan, the airline's spokesman. He added that consumers tend to drive or take the train between the two cities. The airline cited the same reason last month when it said it would end three daily flights between BWI and LaGuardia Airport in New York.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | July 3, 2012
Update: Spirit Airlines announced it would start twice daily nonstop flights from Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale and daily nonstop service to Dallas-Fort Worth beginning on Sept. 6. Spirit's release said to check out its "insanely low fares. " But Baltimore passengers might also want to check out the airline's fees. The airline charges $45 for a single carry-on a bag, if you're purchasing this basic perk at the gate instead of in advance.  Beginning Nov. 6th, it will start charging $100. Now that's insane.
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