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Sunday, March 13, 2005; Page PW13

Wider Access Possible For Military Families

Relatives of military personnel departing for or returning from assignments will be able to proceed to the gate at Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport, Baltimore-Washington International Airport and other airports under a new Transportation Security Administration policy. Individual airports and airlines will be allowed to determine how many relatives can pass through security checkpoints and other details. Passengers and their families are advised to consult with their United Service Organizations in advance and arrive early.

Coordination Project

Greenwich, Conn., based Megadata Corp. has received a $133,792 contract to create software that will allow airlines, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the Federal Aviation Administration and others at Dulles to share information. The software will help coordinate such actions as de-icing and managing departures during snowstorms, said authority spokeswoman Tara Hamilton.

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Dulles Gets New Manager

Christopher U. Browne has been appointed vice president and airport manager of Dulles effective April 1. Browne, now the airport manager at National, will direct maintenance of airfields and facilities, oversee employees and manage concessions and leases at the airport. He will replace Keith Wood Muerlin, who is retiring after having served in that position since 1989.

Ceramics on View

Tour de Clay, an exhibit of pottery and sculptures, will be on display near the observation gallery between Concourses B and C at BWI until April 3. The works were created by member artists of Baltimore Clayworks, a nonprofit ceramic art center, and are for sale. This is the first display in a new airport arts exhibition program.

New Eateries to Open

Walkers Shortbread has opened two shops at BWI, in Concourses C and D. Two Quiznos Sub stores and three Villa Pizza restaurants are scheduled to open at the airport in May, and in late summer Obrycki's crabhouse and seafood restaurant will open a 2,500-square-foot restaurant and bar.

Flight Changes

• American Eagle will begin nonstop service between National and Nashville International Airport on May 1 with three daily round-trip flights.

• Korean Air will increase service from Dulles to Seoul from three to five round-trip nonstop flights a week from June 15 to Sept. 4.

• AirTran Airways will start flying between BWI and Charlotte Douglas International Airport on May 4.

• British Airways has begun Club World business class and World Traveller Plus service on its flights to London from BWI. Club World, featuring seats that convert to flat six-foot-long beds, and World Traveller Plus, a category between economy and business, are already available on flights to and from Dulles.

-- Compiled by LILA DE TANTILLO

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