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Hurricanes contribute to slight dip in passengers, ending 2-year streak of growth at BWI Marshall Airport

After more than two years of consecutive monthly passenger growth, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport saw a slight dip in September, which executive director Ricky Smith attributed to the recent hurricanes hitting Florida.

Hurricane Irma alone canceled thousands of flights to and from Florida, according to several estimates. The number of passengers traveling through the airport in Linthicum dropped by less than half of 1 percent, according to BWI Marshall Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean.

“We just experienced our 26th consecutive month of growth,” Smith told business leaders at the monthly BWI Business Partnership signature breakfast Thursday morning. “September will mark the end to that streak.”

Roughly 2 million people flew through the airport in the month, Dean said. The 0.4 percent decrease represented just over 8,000 fewer passengers traveling through the airport than in September 2016. About 26 million people flew through BWI in the past 12 months ending Sept. 30, he said.

About 25.1 million people traveled through the airport in 2016, a 5 percent rise from the previous year, according to airport data.

The airport completed a $105 million renovation in November 2016 to accommodate an increase in international travel that connected the D and E concourses. The “D/E Connector,” as it’s known, features a larger security checkpoint, more shops and restaurants, a children's play area, a gym, an art gallery and an outdoor observation deck.

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