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Airport planning celebration for its 50th anniversary

Baltimore-Washington International Airport will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Observation Gallery's lower level.

Business and community leaders are being invited to celebrate "50 Years of Friendship," with music and cake. The celebration will commemorate the history of Maryland's major commercial airport.

Friendship International Airport, which was owned by Baltimore, opened June 24, 1950. It was purchased by Maryland in 1972 and renamed a year later to reflect its location in the region.

Aer Lingus approved for BWI-Ireland service

The U.S. Department of Transportation's recent approval of round-trip flights between Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Shannon and Dublin by Aer Lingus means the Irish air carrier may start three-day-a-week service, beginning in September. Aer Lingus will serve BWI with Airbus A330 jets with seating for 320 passengers.

Daily service between BWI and the two Irish destinations - Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport near Limerick - is anticipated in the summer of 2001.

More parking space is opened at airport

BWI has opened another set of parking lots, providing an additional 1,800 spots for travelers who want to park closer to the main terminal than the Blue or Green satellite parking lots.

Named Daily Express, the new parking area on Aviation Boulevard (Route 170) opened Thursday.

The hourly charge for this new lot will be $2, and the maximum daily charge will be $11. Shuttle bus service will run in the Daily Express lots every 10 minutes, but travelers are cautioned to leave at least two hours to make plane connections when using the Daily Express lots or any satellite lots.

BWI has also begun work on an area that can be used to park up to 1,400 cars during peak or overflow periods, airport officials said.

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