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BWI passenger traffic grows in April

Passenger traffic at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport rose in April, setting a record, airport officials said Thursday.

Some 1.9 million passengers flew from or to BWI, setting an all-time record for the month with a 3.1 percent increase over April 2010.

It was the 14th straight month that the number of passengers has increased on a year-over-year basis. Traffic has increased 22 out of the past 23 months, with the exception of February 2010 when snow blizzards hit the region.

The airport has seen steady growth in passengers since the spring of 2009, thanks to the economic health of the Baltimore-Washington region, said BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean.

“This market continues to outperform other parts of the country,” Dean said.

Other factors include the popularity of discount carriers such as Southwest Airlines, the dominant airline at BWI, and the addition of service to new markets, he said.

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