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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 Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
Lingering effects of bad weather in the midwest a few days ago were fouling up travel out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Saturday, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines said. Dan Landson said the airline - with more daily flights out of BWI than any other carrier - was having to cancel and delay departures, as the system recovers from a snowstorm in Chicago on Thursday that grounded or delayed many flights into and out of Baltimore. Landson could not say what percentage of more than 230 daily nonstop BWI departures have been affected, but he did say the airline is bracing for further potential complications as extreme cold weather is expected to hit the midwest in the next few days.
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By Sue van Essen, Svanessen2@hotmail.com | December 30, 2013
On a Saturday morning in December, well before the sun was up, 3-year-old Bobby Mercado was up and ready to go. His destination: the North Pole. First came the long drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, a ride which, despite light traffic, seemed to take forever. As Bobby and his parents, Jean and Robert Mercado, approached the airport, a series of three large flashing signs directed them - as well as other children who were arriving - to special parking for the North Pole flight.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
Southwest Airlines, BWI Marshall's largest carrier, saw a larger-than-usual percentage of flights delayed in recent months — which it blamed on weather conditions along the East Coast. Those federal aviation statistics also showed Southwest had some of the worst on-time rates in America, and BWI ranked below many other major airports for on-time performance. But the data may not be telling the whole story. In a new report, the office of the inspector general at the Department of Transportation found that the agency's flight data "present the public with an incomplete picture of the number of delays that actually occur.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Their real-life drones are still under assembly and likely won't be up and flying until March. Until then, students at South River High School are taking flight with a toy model, a diminutive contraption that a visiting instructor says he flies around his house - or at least uses to inspect gutters. "I mostly knew about the military application [of drones], but we've been focusing on the civilian application," said South River senior Zachary Brew, one of about two dozen students taking a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
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Krishana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
Fifty years ago Sunday, mere days before the Christmas holiday, dozens of families from Elkton and north along the northeast corridor to Staten Island, N.Y., were changed in an instant. The mid-air explosion of Pan Am Flight 214 over Elkton became Maryland's largest loss-of-life disaster. The plane, a Boeing 707, returning from San Juan, Puerto Rico, made a stop in Baltimore to refuel before continuing to Philadelphia to drop off the last of its passengers. But, Pan Am Flight 214 never made it past Elkton.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Temperatures were forecast to rise into the mid-40s by Wednesday morning in the Baltimore area as the rain continues, but gusty winds and possible snowflakes could still blow in by the afternoon to again slow those traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. Snow was piling up in Western Maryland and across Pennsylvania on Tuesday, with travel to the Northeast expected to be treacherous into Thanksgiving Day as the storm moves up the East Coast. Those traveling by air also faced problems, with some delays and cancellations nationwide Tuesday.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
State officials announced a partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Monday that aims to attract and grow companies that can help support space missions or adapt NASA technology for other commercial purposes. A memorandum of understanding between the state and the Greenbelt installation will help the two share industry trends, technology licensing opportunities and work force demands, said Nona Cheeks, chief of Goddard's innovative technology partnerships office. As part of the partnership, Goddard plans to host a "Space Academy" program for businesses to connect with NASA and each other on projects, whether they are related to space or not, she said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Motorists headed to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport from the south may want to "plan ahead and allow extra time to catch flights" this week and through the weekend, State Highway Administration officials warned Tuesday. Temporary closures of the ramp carrying northbound Route 295 traffic onto eastbound Interstate 195 toward BWI will begin Wednesday night, the SHA said. The ramp will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday and won't reopen until 5 a.m. Thursday as crews remove damaged concrete from the ramp, the SHA said.
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November 5, 2013
Email rec sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. on Monday. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Gymnastics The women's team from Top Flight Gymnastics competed in the Maryland Judges Invitational on Oct. 27. Team results: USAG Level 3 Girls: 1st place; USAG Level 4 Girls: 1st place; USAG Level 5 Girls: 3rd place; USAG Girls Level 7: 4th place.
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