BWI to relocate 'cell phone lot' for those waiting for arriving flyers

Parked drivers waiting at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for calls from just-landed loved ones will have to do so from a new location starting April 1.

The airport's so-called "cell phone lot" will move from one side of Terminal Road to the other, adjacent to the airport's daily parking garage, officials said Thursday.

The move will double the number of parking spots in the free waiting area from 50 to 100. It will also add additional spaces to the airport's "express" parking lot, which offers luggage assistance and "carside-to-curbside" shuttle services.

The existing cell phone lot had been created from spaces in the express lot to allow those picking up fliers to park while waiting, instead of circling the airport's roadways and causing congestion outside terminals.

"The Cell Phone Lot is an important amenity for local motorists, and the additional spaces will allow more people to access the lot, especially at peak times," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, the airport's CEO, in a statement.

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