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New flights to begin at BWI as terminal construction continues

WOW Air starts flights Friday and Alaska Airlines adds Los Angeles service as more construction begins at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun--#6086
WOW Air starts flights Friday and Alaska Airlines adds Los Angeles service as more construction begins at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun--#6086 (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Fliers who use BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport soon will have a couple of new options for travel.

They also will see an increased amount of construction as the airport continues to expand.

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Low-cost Icelandic carrier WOW Air begins flights, announced last fall, between BWI and Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, with its first arrival Friday.

WOW will offer non-stop flights between Baltimore and Reykjavik five days a week. Once fliers arrive in Reykjavik, they can take advantage of connections to various cities in Europe, including London, Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris, the airline said.

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The service was supposed to start in June but was moved up after fliers expressed a high level of interest, the airline has said. Airport officials have lauded the service as one part of its growing international service.

Also, Alaska Airlines has announced a new daily connection between BWI and Los Angeles International Airport starting Sept. 9. Flights will depart BWI each morning at 7:30 a.m. to arrive at LAX at 10:40 a.m., local times. Flights will depart LAX each night at 10:10 p.m. and arrive at BWI at 6:15 a.m., local times.

"This added service from Alaska Airlines is excellent news for our travelers," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, the CEO of BWI, in a statement. "Alaska Airlines is highly regarded for its outstanding customer service and travel product. We continue working to add new flight options and more value for our customers."

Alaska Airlines first entered the BWI market in September 2014 with nonstop service to Seattle. The WOW Air flights starting Friday will be that carrier's first at BWI.

The new service to Reykjavik comes as BWI is expanding its capacity for international flights, with a project underway to expand the security checkpoint between its domestic D and international E concourses and add two new gates that will be able to "swing" between international and domestic service.

In addition to WOW Air, BWI has seen international growth from Southwest Airlines, its largest carrier, which entered the international market last year.

As part of the concourse work, BWI announced that the terminal corridor between the D and E concourses will be closed until November for construction, on both the upper and lower levels of the airport.

Travelers moving between the two concourses will have to use a covered walkway outside the terminal, the airport said.

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