Nearly 22.5M passengers flew through BWI in 2013

FILE - In this May 16, 2008 file photo, Southwest Airlines jets are seen at Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore, Md. (Charles Dharapak / AP) FILE – In this May 16, 2008 file photo, Southwest Airlines jets are seen at Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore, Md. (Charles Dharapak / AP)

This post has been updated.

It looks like, 2013 was a very good year for the folks at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

According to recently released figures, 2013 was BWI’s second busiest year for passenger traffic. Almost 22.5 million commercial passengers flew through BWI — just a tad fewer than in 2012, the airport’s busiest year. But the airport did set records for passenger traffic in January, March, May and December of last year.

International traffic also grew by almost 20 percent in 2013. The number of international passengers traveling through BWI has nearly doubled in the past five years. Southwest Airlines recently announced that it would begin international flights between BWI Marshall and Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau. The routes were previously flown by AirTran, which Southwest has taken over.

“Our year-end results confirm that this remains a very robust air travel market,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, chief executive for BWI Marshall. “Despite significant challenges, we had a strong year. BWI Marshall’s outstanding air service and convenient, efficient facilities continue to attract travelers from throughout the region.”

Southwest and Spirit airlines recently announced new routes for 2014.  Southwest Airlines will add nonstop seasonal service between BWI and Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif., beginning June 8, in addition to service to Dallas Love Field, which will start in October.  Spirit Airlines recently announced that it would start seasonal service between BWI Marshall and Minneapolis-St. Paul beginning May 1, running through Nov. 1. In addition, Spirit announced it will start service to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport starting May 22 through Nov. 1.

 

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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