• Governor Hogan announces a 4th-straight passenger traffic record at BWI Marshall Airport. Annual passenger traffic in 2018 increased 2.9% to 27.1 million passengers.
  • BWI Marshall Airport welcomes Frontier Airlines with nonstop service to Denver and Orlando.
  • R&R Seafood is recognized in the 2019 Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Airport Concessions Awards. The restaurant and raw bar receives third-place recognition in the Best New Food and Beverage/Full Concept category.
  • In June, Southwest Airlines introduces nonstop seasonal service to Grand Cayman. The Saturday flights are seasonal from June-November.


  • An updated economic impact study reveals BWI Marshall Airport produces more than $9.3 billion in total economic activity. The airport creates and supports more than 106,000 jobs in the region.
  • Governor Hogan announces a third consecutive record for annual passenger traffic. BWI Marshall Airport surpassed 26 million passengers in calendar year 2017.
  • The Fly Away Valet service is introduced in February, offering passengers one more convenient way to park and fly at BWI Marshall Airport.
  • International service continues to expand at BWI Marshall Airport. WOWair doubles its capacity for Summer 2018 from the previous year. Icelandair joins the BWI Marshall Airport family with service to Iceland beginning in May. That same month, Air Canada begins offering daily nonstop service to Montreal.
  • ROAM Fitness is honored by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The state-of-the-art fitness facility receives third-place recognition in the Best Innovative Consumer Experience Concept category.
  • BWI Marshall Airport is recognized as a Best Airport by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The airport was named the 10th best U.S. airport in a survey that included 429,000 reader surveys.
  • Southwest Airlines celebrates its 25th anniversary of service at BWI Marshall Airport in September. The airline maintains the airport’s biggest airline operation, serving more than 65% of BWI Marshall passengers.
  • In September, Southwest Airlines announces its intention to construct and operate a major aircraft maintenance facility at BWI Marshall Airport. The proposed 130,000 square-foot maintenance hangar is expected to produce 450 jobs over 3 years.
  • Two additional LaunchPad businesses join the retail program at BWI Marshall Airport.


  • ROAM Fitness, a first-of-its-kind fitness facility, opens at BWI Marshall Airport just inside Security Checkpoint D/E.
  • BWI Marshall Airport sets an annual passenger record for the second consecutive year. More than 25.1 million passengers flew through BWI Marshall Airport in 2016. In addition to the cumulative record for 2016, the airport also set monthly passenger traffic records for each month during 2016.
  • The Maryland Board of Public Works approves a plan to expand and improve Concourse E. The 3-level, 70,000 square foot extension will support additional international service.
  • The retail program at BWI Marshall Airport earns second place recognition in the 2017 Airport Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards.
  • Spirit Airlines begins international service at BWI Marshall Airport. Service to Cancun, Mexico begins in November.
  • In August, BWI Marshall Airport welcomes Contour Airlines. The carrier provides service to/from Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia.
  • In November, 60-foot articulated, compressed natural gas buses are introduced, offering passengers round-the-clock service to the airport’s rental car facility.
  • BWI Marshall Airport and concessions developer Fraport Maryland introduce the LaunchPad program for local entrepreneurs. Two LaunchPad businesses join the retail program at BWI Marshall Airport in the program’s first year.


  • Allegiant began service at BWI Marshall Airport with service to six markets-Asheville, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Knoxville, TN; Lexington, KY; Savannah, GA; and Tulsa, OK.
  • BWI Marshall Airport opened a new playground at the Thomas A. Dixon Aircraft Observation Area on the southern side of the airport.
  • In August, British Airways upgraded its service between BWI Marshall Airport and London Heathrow to the airline’s sophisticated, innovative Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
  • The new D/E Connector opened just before Thanksgiving. The major improvement program provides additional international airline capacity and new passenger services, including a new security checkpoint to serve domestic and international passengers.
  • BWI Marshall Airport set a second-straight annual record for passenger traffic. More than 25.1 million passengers flew through BWI Marshall Airport in 2016. The airport set monthly passenger records for each month in 2016.


  • WOW air launched service between BWI Marshall Airport and Reykjavik, Iceland. The innovative, low-fare international airline offers easy connections to markets across Europe.
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle started international service between BWI Marshall Airport and two destinations in the French Caribbean – Martinique and Guadeloupe.
  • BWI Marshall Airport set a new annual record for passenger traffic with 22.8 million passengers. For the first time ever, BWI Marshall Airport recorded more than 1 million international passengers in a year.


  • Service to several international markets shifted to Southwest Airlines. These flights were among the first-ever international flights for Southwest Airlines.
  • Alaska Airlines started service at BWI Marshall Airport, with nonstop flights to Seattle.
  • Runway 4-22 was permanently closed in August. As part of a major, multi-year series of airfield improvements, the runway was converted to a taxiway.
  • BWI Marshall Airport was rated the healthiest U.S. airport by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The organization found that 92 percent of the airport’s restaurants featured healthy options for travelers, the most among U.S. airports.


  • The B/C Connector and a new security checkpoint opened in April. The bright, large new checkpoint serves all airline gates on concourses A, B, and C. The post-security, airside connector links Concourse C with concourses A and B.
  • The BWI Marshall Airport Observation Gallery reopened after a year of renovation and improvements. The work included new exhibits featuring Maryland aviation history and the creation of a new cocktail lounge.
  • BWI Marshall Airport introduced two walking paths in the terminal. The BWI Cardio Trail provides passengers with new options to exercise.


  • BWI Marshall Airport set a third straight annual passenger record in 2012. About 22.68 million passengers flew through BWI Marshall in 2012, a 1.3 percent increase over 2011 and a new all-time annual record.
  • Two new airlines started service at BWI Marshall in 2012. In July, Condor Airlines started twice-weekly season service between BWI Marshall and Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is a major international destination and an important European hub market. In September, Spirit Airlines began service to Fort Lauderdale and Dallas / Fort Worth.
  • BWI Marshall installed a 505 kW solar photovoltaic system on the top level of the Daily Garage. The system was designed to produce over 600,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. The BWI Marshall solar project is one measure in a broad energy efficiency program for the Airport.
  • In the summer of 2012, construction started on a major terminal enhancement program at BWI Marshall. The work will improve and modernize the passenger terminal and provide new services for travelers. The construction includes: a new, expanded security checkpoint; a secure connector between Concourses B and C with moving sidewalks and other passenger amenities; and an improved Concourse C facility with enhanced airline gate hold rooms and new food and retail space.
  • BWI Marshall introduced a complimentary wireless internet option for travelers.
  • The Airport continued its comprehensive, multi-year program to rehabilitate and improve runways and airfield pavement. The 2012 work focused primarily on Runway 10-28.


  • 22.39 million passengers flew through BWI Marshall Airport in 2011. This annual passenger traffic figure, an increase of 2.1% over 2012, represents a new al-time record for BWI Marshall.
  • BWI Marshall Airport installed electric vehicle charging stations during the spring of 2011. The eight charging stations, located in the Daily Garage and the Hourly Garage, allow travelers to charge their electric vehicles.
  • In September 2011, BWI Marshall closed its two primary commercial runways for one weekend to complete a major pavement maintenance project. The improvement project rehabilitated the pavement located at the intersection of the two major runways.
  • In November 2011, AirTran Airways shifted its operation from Concourse D at BWI Marshall to Terminal A/B, home of Southwest Airlines. Southwest formally closed on its acquisition of AirTran in May 2011.
  • Delta Air Lines moved its operation from Concourse C to Concourse D in December 2011.


  • 21.9 million passengers flew through BWI Marshall Airport in 2010, a new all-time annual record for passenger traffic. That figure was a 4.7% increase over 2009.
  • BWI Marshall Airport was named the best in the world for passenger satisfaction among airports serving 15-25 million passengers, according to the Airports Council International (ACI), Airport Service Quality survey.
  • BWI Marshall Airport constructed a sophisticated new inline baggage screening system. The D/E Baggage Screening and Claims Improvement project (DEBSCI) constructed a new outbound baggage security system to help accommodate future airline growth.
  • BWI Marshall Airport celebrated 60 years of service to residents and businesses of Maryland, and to travelers from around the world. Since its dedication as Friendship International Airport on June 24, 1950, the Airport has been a leader in commercial aviation for the State of Maryland and the entire National Capital region.
  • The Maryland Board of Public works approved a contract for BWI Marshall Airport to implement a comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program. The energy performance contract will generate substantial energy and operational savings. Specific energy conservation measures will include: a new 505 kW solar system on the top level of the BWI Marshall Airport Daily Garage, comprehensive lighting improvements, energy infrastructure replacement projects at the Airport’s central utility plant and main terminal building, and the installation of modern water conservation measures.