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BWI sets new monthly record for January, with 1.6 million passengers

BWI sets new monthly record for January, with 1.6 million passengers
Travelers walk through the BWI terminal in this file photo. The airport set a new record for passenger volume in January. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

More than 1.6 million passengers traveled through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in January, setting a record for the month with a 6 percent increase from the previous year, officials said.

It was BWI's seventh-straight monthly record for passenger traffic, and it follows a record 2015, when 23.8 million people traveled through the airport.

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International passenger traffic climbed 30 percent to nearly 100,000 passengers in January from a year earlier.

The D/E Connector program, which is under construction, will add additional international travel capacity and provide new amenities, officials said.

Two airlines — Condor and WOW — have announced their intent to add more international flights at BWI. And British Airlines in August will begin using the upgrated 787-8 plane between BWI and London Heathrow, officials said.

Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines all saw increases in the number of January passengers at BWI.

"BWI Marshall Airport continues to experience record-setting growth, powered by added airline service and the continued strength of the Maryland economy," Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. "The airport is an important economic development resource and international gateway for residents and businesses throughout our region."

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