New Road Smooths

Path for Travelers A new roadway has opened off Interstate 195 to provide easier access to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Designed as a loop, the road will provide motorists with a quicker way to reach departure and arrival areas and the parking garage. It eliminates the need to use Route 170 (Aviation Boulevard) and to stop at two traffic lights when returning to the terminal.

For more information about construction and changes at the airport, go to www.bwiairport.com.

Caribbean, Mexico

Travel Expands Travel to the Caribbean and Mexico has been expanded from BWI.

Beginning Jan. 4, service will be available every Saturday to Cancun, Mexico; Costa Rica; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Saturday service to Aruba will be added Feb. 15.

Nonstop flights on Mondays and Fridays to Punta Cana will begin Feb. 14.

The flights are operated by Vacation Express, which offers chartered flights to destinations that may not be available from other carriers at BWI.

For more information and reservations, call 800-309-4717 or visit www.vacationexpress.com.

Bustling August

Leads for Year

August was the busiest month so far at BWI this year, with more than 1.85 million passengers.

That was down 11.2 percent from 2001, roughly the same decrease in passengers seen nationwide, according to the Air Transport Association.

Southwest Airlines was still the leading passenger carrier at BWI, serving 816,518 passengers in August. American Airlines was the second largest, with 147,341 passengers, followed by US Airways, with 139,691, Delta Air Lines, 137,300, and United Air Lines, 137,129 passengers.

International travel during August was down 22.9 percent from last year, compared with a 5.3 percent decline nationwide, based on ATA figures. BWI officials said they expect that the resumption of service to Ireland by Aer Lingus will boost international travel.

-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress