Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that it plans to build its first maintenance hangar in the Northeast at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, a move that further cements its ties to the airport and signals more growth for the airline in the region.
Twenty-five years after its debut at BWI Airport, Southwest — now the largest single carrier in the U.S. — offers more than 240 departures per day from Baltimore to 64 other cities. It now accounts for roughly 70 percent of the passenger volume through the airport.
Southwest Airlines, the largest carrier at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, announced Monday it will add additional flights to eight cities around the country – and plans to add more flights in the future.
The head of Southwest Airlines told a packed room of local business leaders on Friday that BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will be a "focal point" for the airline's continued expansion into international markets.
Southwest Airlines hopes to add Central America to its list of destinations with daily round trip service from Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport to Costa Rica starting in early March, the airline announced Friday.
Now that Southwest Airlines has completed its $1.4 billion purchase of AirTran Holdings, executives have launched the longer-term process of merging two brands, retraining employees, rolling out larger aircraft and positioning Southwest for international expansion.