BWI Airport runways reopen after being temporarily closed for emergency repairs

The two main runways at Baltimore- Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are open again after being shut down for more than an hour while staff made emergency repairs Thursday afternoon.

The runways were closed from about 2:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., during which all incoming and outgoing flights to BWI were held or diverted to other airports, said Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for the airport.

Workers were repairing a light at the intersection of the airport’s two main runways. Officials said the base of a runway light had been damaged.

Dean did not know exactly how many flights had been affected by the closure but said travel had resumed as normal by the late afternoon.

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