In recent weeks, Southwest Airlines — the largest carrier at Baltimore's "easy come, easy go"-branded airport — has run into major peak-hour congestion problems, with summer vacationers tripping over business travelers in ticketing and security lines.
Officials at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport have introduced morning closures at one of the airport's main security gates, citing congestion around Southwest Airline's busy ticketing counters, according to airport, airline and Transportation Security Administration officials.
An elaborate sendoff for three Southwest Airlines flights to the Caribbean from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday morning will mark the official entry of the largest domestic carrier in the United States into the international airline market. It will also signal the growing Anne Arundel County airport's hopeful ascendance as a major hub for domestic travelers looking to hop overseas.
Southwest Airlines planes will make their first international flights July 1, including flights between Baltimore and Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica, with more destinations to be added as the carrier assumes routes flown by subsidiary AirTran by the end of the year.
Trusted fliers using Southwest Airlines out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will now have a quicker and less invasive path through security, the Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday.
Audrey Stone, 36, doesn't hesitate when asked how long current contract negotiations will last between Southwest Airlines and the flight attendants union she leads. "As long as it takes," she says on a recent morning in a small cafe in Baltimore — a city she has called home since 2004.
A Texas man was indicted in federal court Thursday amid accusations he unsuccessfully tried to open the emergency hatch on an in-air flight from Baltimore to Austin earlier this week, prosecutors said.
With the unveiling this week of blueprints for a $156 million international terminal at Houston's Hobby International Airport, Southwest signaled its commitment to go beyond its domestic low-cost image and get into the global game. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the third-busiest for Southwest and top performer on the East Coast, is ready to be part of that commitment.
The first phase of BWI Marshall Airport's $100 million upgrade to the oldest part of the terminal opened Tuesday morning, with nine new security check stations and a broad walkway to speed passengers making connections among three concourses.
Frustrated travelers reported long lines at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday morning, as crowds jammed into terminals on their way out of town as local schools prepared to let out for spring break.
By By Kevin Rector and Candy Thomson and The Baltimore Sun
More Maryland residents are planning holiday trips than last year, and most are traveling by automobile despite local gas prices that are the highest they have ever been at this time of year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Work has begun on a $100 million upgrade of the oldest portion of BWI to streamline security screening and allow passengers to move among the three busiest concourses without having to pass through security a second time.
The team promoting Baltimore's Grand Prix — a group announced by city officials this week following the collapse of two other race organizers — has fewer than four months to hawk sponsorships, market the event, sell tickets and set up the race course and grandstands.