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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Fewer fliers passed through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in 2013 than in the previous year, ending a three-year streak of record-setting travel at the state's largest airport. The decline of 0.8 percent, announced by airport officials Monday, came after months of transition for BWI's largest carrier, Southwest Airlines, and amid disruptions within the federal government, one of the largest drivers of business to BWI. The decline also came despite four monthly passenger records at BWI - January, March, May and December - and a nearly 20 percent increase in international passengers, officials said.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
A Delta Airlines flight that departed from BWI Thurgood Marshall airport en route to Salt Lake City Friday night was diverted to Minneapolis because of an unruly passenger, the airline said. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport police removed the passenger from the plane and the flight continued to its intended destination, Delta spokesman Eric Torbenson said. Several videos purporting to be of the incident were uploaded to YouTube, but Torbenson could not confirm whether the video was of flight No. 1189.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Southwest Airlines will begin offering non-stop flights between Baltimore and Dallas in October, the airline said Monday. Southwest is based in Dallas, and is the largest carrier at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. A federal law, the Wright amendment, has restricted service out of Dallas Love Field since 1980, limiting direct flights to airports in Texas and in nearby states. The restrictions will be lifted on Oct. 13. The same day, Southwest will begin non-stop flights from Dallas to BWI, as well as to Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Chicago Midway.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Temperatures bottomed out at 5 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday morning, a tenth morning to hit the single digits there this month. That matches January 1982, in which lows of 9 degrees or colder were also recorded on 10 different dates. It's an obscure record, to be sure, but demonstrates what an anomaly this winter's cold temperatures have been. There have twice been nine January days with lows in the single digits or colder in Baltimore, in 1961 and 1912, and there were eight such days in 1893 and 1981.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Southwest Airlines won 54 slots recently vacated amid federal litigation at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, expanding its already-large presence in the region. The airline said its pending growth at Reagan, where its number of daily departures is expected to balloon from 17 to 44, will not impact existing schedules or routes out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. "We have about 240 flights a day from BWI, and we're not expecting that to change," said Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesman.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Continuing its expansion in the Baltimore market, Spirit Airlines announced Wednesday a new non-stop daily route between BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The service will run from May 1 through Nov. 1, officials said. Officials touted the Spirit's expansion, which also opens a new route between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Houston, as a benefit to local residents and tourists. "Continued growth from Spirit is good news for travelers from throughout the region," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, BWI's CEO, in a statement.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The operator of concessions at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport has joined with several local business organizations to provide new "enrichment" programs for its workers. The move comes amid an effort by Unite Here, a labor union in the hospitality industry, to unionize airport concessions employees. The "Workplace Development Program" will provide AirMall USA concessions workers with health and sanitation training, life skills classes, English as a Second Language courses and "career mapping and time management," the company said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
This month's incessant cold outbreaks are expected to make it one of the top 10 months of January on record here, or close to it, and we have already racked up the most single-digit lows for the month since 1982. Temperatures have dropped below 10 degrees eight times so far this month at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and could do it once more early Thursday, according to forecasts. Only five other months of January in Baltimore have seen at least as many days in the single-digits or colder, most recently when 10 such days were tallied in January 1982, according to the National Weather Service.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Southwest Airlines will make its first international flights July 1, including flights between Baltimore and Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica, as the carrier takes over routes flown by subsidiary AirTran Airways. Daily flights will operate between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Aruba and Nassau, Bahamas. The airline will operate twice-daily flights between BWI and Montego Bay, Jamaica. AirTran currently flies on those routes. Flights to those Caribbean locations also will be scheduled from Atlanta and Orlando, Fla. "We are in the process of converting existing AirTran destinations with Southwest products," said Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesman.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The Transportation Security Administration identified and seized more firearms at U.S. airports in 2013 than in any year since records have been kept - including more than two dozen at airports in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Nationwide, the TSA caught 1,813 guns at airport checkpoints in 2013, a 16.5 percent increase over the 1,556 guns it captured in 2012, it announced Friday. The TSA screened nearly 639 million passengers in 2013, about 1.1 million more than last year.
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