LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) -- Maryland aviation officials say the future of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport may depend on boosting its number of international flights.
Paul Wiedefeld, executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration says airport traffic was up 1 percent in the first quarter. The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/17JUzLb ) that Wiedefeld says that increase includes a steady gain in international travel, something officials see as a big part of BWI's future.
Wiedefeld says the gains are driven primarily by Southwest Airlines' acquisition of AirTran Airways, which added several international trips from BWI. Southwest accounts for nearly 58 percent of all BWI passengers and AirTran accounts for almost 14 percent.
BWI saw international travel grow 20.7 percent between 2011 and 2012 with more than 70,000 passengers traveling on an international flight in August.
Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.mddailyrecord.com
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