Officials urging early arrivals for busy flight...


Officials urging early arrivals for busy flight season

With estimates of more than 400,000 passengers passing through the gates for the holiday period ending Wednesday, airport officials are encouraging travelers to arrive for flights two hours before departure time and to use shuttle and mass transit services whenever possible.

Updated information on parking availability may be obtained by tuning in to 1040-AM within a five-mile radius of the airport or by calling 800-GO-TO-BWI. Electronic message signs on roads leading to BWI also provide updated parking information and directions to overflow lots.

To check the status of flight arrivals and departures, contact the airlines or log on to the BWI Web site at

Maryland, Morocco reach cooperation pact

Officials from the Maryland Aviation Administration and Moroccan Airports Authority signed a memorandum of understanding last week at BWI, setting up a framework for cooperation.

The state agency's deputy executive director, Kirk Wineland, representing the Department of Transportation, and Ahmed El Biaz, director general of the National Airports Office of Morocco, represented the two parties to the agreement.

It establishes a framework for mutual exchange of aviation-related information in training and development; experience and documentation; and studies and research. It also establishes a yearly joint program to discuss items of mutual interest.

"This agreement is an important step in what we envision will be a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties," said John D. Porcari, Maryland's transportation secretary.

Historical photo exhibit is on display at airport

The Maryland Aviation Administration is joining with the Maryland Historical Society in playing host to the society's first traveling exhibition, "Maryland in Focus," which opened last week at the airport.

Containing 40 photographic reproductions illustrating life in Maryland from the early 1840s through the 1960s, the exhibit is in the upper level of the main terminal in the corridor connecting piers B and C.

The exhibition, which can be viewed daily through Aug. 13, is organized in three sections.

"Exhibits such as this continue BWI's commitment to enhancing our terminal," said David L. Blackshear, executive director of the MAA.

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