Hearing to be held on planned expansion...


Hearing to be held on planned expansion of BWI on Sept. 28

A hearing on the environmental assessment plan for the $1.3 billion expansion of Baltimore-Washington International Airport is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at BWI Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum.

The expansion is to include new parking facilities, larger concourses, moving sidewalks, and road and rail improvements.

The Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Aviation Administration, which drafted the plan for final approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, will conduct the hearing to obtain information and residents' opinions.

Displays and maps depicting the development plan for 2000-2005 will be available for public review, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The hearing will begin with a brief project overview, followed by testimony limited to five minutes each from registered speakers.

Those who want to testify may sign up with the receptionist at the hearing or submit a written request to the MAA, P.O. Box 8677, BWI Airport 21240, or call BWI at 410-859-7074.

Written comments may continue to be submitted to the MAA until 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

Former Pan Am workers to attend 2001 reunion

In what organizers expect to be one of the largest corporate gatherings in history, thousands of former employees of Pan American World Airways will come from around the world to Baltimore in September 2001 for the 10-year reunion "Pan Am 2001."

Pan Am began serving the former Friendship International Airport in 1960 with destinations that included Paris, Istanbul, Beirut and Baghdad. There are hundreds of groups and chapters of former and retired Pan Am employees worldwide. A number of those groups, including World Wings, the organization of Pan Am flight attendants, and the Clipper Pioneers, the pilots' group, are planning their annual gatherings in Baltimore to coincide with the events of Pan Am 2001.

The main reunion, a four-day get-together, is intended to allow former and retired Pan Am employees to reminisce, discuss their experiences and renew old friendships.

Former Pan Am employees, many of whom still live near BWI, are encouraged to participate. The reunion's Web site (www.panam 2001.com) will carry updates and information on how to register and attend the gathering.

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