Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport served a record 21,936,461 commercial airline passengers in 2010, the highest level since 2007, airport and state officials announced today.

Passenger traffic at BWI increased 4.7 percent over 2009, reaching a record high for the airport. The previous record was 21,044,384 passengers, set in 2007.


"This new record is an important milestone that reflects the strength and the success of Maryland," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "BWI Marshall Airport is a valuable transportation and economic development asset for the State of Maryland and the entire National Capital region."

The airport marked record growth in 2010, setting eight consecutive monthly records, including July 2010, the busiest month ever at BWI.

"BWI Marshall Airport continues to attract passengers by offering excellent customer service, affordable airfares, and the benefits of an efficient travel experience," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI Marshall. "We remain committed to serving our travelers with outstanding service and friendly facilities."

Southwest Airlines, BWI's leading carrier, accounted for 53.5 percent of the passenger market at the airport in 2010. The airline served 11.7 million BWI passengers in 2010, a 7.4% increase over 2009. Last year, Southwest added several new markets, including Panama City Beach, Fla., and will do so again this year with new flights to Charleston and Greenville, S.C.

AirTran Airways, the second leading carrier at BWI, reported nearly 3.6 million passengers for the year, an increase of 7.4% from 2009.

Other airlines at BWI that had significant increases in passenger traffic for 2010 included Air Canada, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and US Airways.

Cargo shipments at BWI Marshall Airport also increased in 2010.