Following the lead of Prince George's County, the Montgomery County Council has adopted a resolution urging county employes to give preference to using Baltimore-Washington International Airport over two closer Virginia airports for all official travel.
If one of the Virginia airports must be used, the County Council said Tuesday, Dulles International Airport "is to be preferred" over Washington National.
The council's chief objection to Washington National is its "excessive noise emission" affecting western Montgomery County residents who live under one of the airport's landing and takeoff routes along the Potomac River.
Operations at Washington National "have been allowed to increase without consideration of the effects on the people of the region," the council's resolution stated.
Although BWI and Dulles were planned to support major air carrier expansion in the metropolitan area, each is underutilized, the resolution said. Together these two airports serve about 30 percent of the combined passenger volume for the region.
The council said that because BWI is owned by Maryland and its $67.5 million modernization and expansion is being financed by taxpayers of the state, it should be used more widely. An increased number of passengers served would benefit the economic development of Maryland, the council contended.
The council left it up to individual agencies to adopt their own travel procedures. The only exception to the no-National rule would be for significant differences in cost and time saving.
Agencies covered by the resolution include the executive branch, the board of education, Montgomery College, the county planning board and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.