Baltimore-Washington International Airport

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Template:Airport frame Template:Airport title Template:Airport infobox Template:Runway title Template:Runway Template:Runway Template:Runway Template:Runway Template:Runway Template:Airport end frame Baltimore-Washington International Airport serves the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC metro-region. It is commonly referred to by its IATA Airport Code, BWI.

Located near Friendship Church in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 10 miles south of Baltimore, Maryland, and 30 miles north of Washington, D.C., Friendship Airport was opened in 1950 and renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport in 1973. Major remodeling began in 1974 and was completed in 1979. The airport is now a focus city for Southwest Airlines and served about 20 million passengers in 2002. It is also the pilot airport for new security technologies pertaining to War on Terrorism, and thus passengers may find exceptionally long waits there. The airport has been a backdrop in numerous films, including Broadcast News.

On April 12, 2005, the Maryland General Assembly approved a bill, signed into law by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich on May 10 2005, to change the name of BWI. The airport name will be changed to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in honor of Thurgood Marshall, a former US Supreme Court justice who grew up in Baltimore. The name change will become effective on October 1, 2005. Though the name of the airport will change, the IATA and ICAO locator codes will remain the same.

This airport was the major haven for low-cost flights in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area until Independence Air began operations out of Dulles International Airport in 2004.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport has 5 Concourses (Concourse A is under construction).



Concourse A

  • A massive renovation of Concourse A was completed in May 2005. Southwest Airlines is currently in the process of shifting its operations to Concourses A/B

Concourse B

  • Southwest Airlines (Albany, Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Buffalo, Chicago/Midway, Cleveland, Columbus, Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Hartford, Houston/Hobby, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Long Island/Islip, Los Angeles, Louisville, Manchester, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk/Southern Virginia, Orlando, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Tampa, and West Palm Beach)

Concourse C

Concourse D

Concourse E

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International terminal (Pier E) at BWI.



BWI is a stop on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and the Maryland Area Rail Commuter (MARC) Penn Line, though the BWI Rail stop is not within the airport terminal; a free shuttle bus brings passengers to and from the train station and airport terminal. The Maryland Transit Administration's light rail line has a station at the airport's International Terminal; passengers can board here for trains to Baltimore City.


There are also shuttle buses between BWI and the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and between the airport and the Washington Metrorail subway station at Greenbelt, Maryland.


BWI is located just off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It is also accessible from Interstate 95 by using a spur, Interstate 195.

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