Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

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About Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Outside the front of BWI airport

Credit: Shardayyy Photography on Flickr

Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, also known as BWI or BWI Marshall, is an international airport located in Baltimore, Maryland. The airport mainly facilitates domestic flights within the US but also has a range of flights travelling internationally, including to Canada, the UK and Germany.

Along with Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, it's one of three major airports in the Baltimore–Washington area and the busiest in the area. 

There are no airlines based at the airport but Southwest Airlines and Southern Airways Express use the airport as a focus city.

Baltim–Washington International Thurgood Marshall opened in 1950, with the first flight landing at the airport on Eastern Airways.

What is the airport code for Baltimore–Washington International?

The airport code for Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is BWI.

Airport Location

BWI Marshall is located south of downtown Baltimore and northeast of Washington.DC. It can take between 20–60 minutes to drive to the airport from downtown Baltimore and 40–90 minutes to drive to Washington D.C, depending on the time of day.

Facilities

Airport Facilities

BWI Marshall has a range of different facilities, with a selection of airport lounges which are accessible for a fee. The majority of the airports' shops and restaurants are airside, with not much to explore landside. 

Facilities Include:

  • WIFI
  • Airport lounges
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Hotels
  • ATMs
  • Baggage storage
  • Baby care facilities
  • Currency exchange
  • Duty-free
  • Gym
  • Showers
  • Spa

Lounges by terminal:

The Club at BWI

Located at: Concourse D

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

Chesapeake Club Lounge

Located at: Concourse E

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • TV screens

USO Lounge

Located at: Main terminal (landside)

  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • TV screens

Runways

Southwest Plane at BWI airport

Credit: Andrew Nash on Flickr

The airports has three runways altogether. This consists of two major runways, 10/28 and 15R/33L, and one minor runway 10/28.

Runway 10/28 (3,201 m in length) is one of the airport's major runways and is mainly used for departures heading west and arrivals incoming east.

Runway 15R/33L (2,896 m) is the airport's other major runway and is split with 15R only used for departures and 33L only used for arrival.

Runway 15L/33R (1,524 m in length) is the airport's minor runway and only has the capability for small propeller aircraft. 

 

Terminals

Baltimore–Washington International has one terminal building which is split into five concourses, which are named A–E. During renovations over the years, concourses A and B and concourses D and E respectively merged into two larger concourses, although they're still separated by name.

Concourses A and B are used exclusively by Southwest Airlines.

Concourse C is used by American Airlines, Countour Airlines and Southwest.

Concourse E is used for international flights from airlines such as British Airways and Condor.

Concourse D is used for flights from all other airlines.

 

Airlines that fly to Baltimore–Washington International.

There are no airlines currently based at BWI airport. 

Here's a full list of airlines that fly to/from the airport.

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Air Canada Express Canada
Alaska Airlines USA
Allegiant Air USA
American Airlines USA
American Eagle USA
Boutique Air USA
British Airways USA
Condor Germany
Contour USA
Delta & Delta Connection USA
Frontier USA
JetBlue USA
Southern Airways Express USA
Southwest Airlines USA
Spirit Airlines USA
United USA

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Routes

May 2018–April 2019
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 869,230 Delta, Southwest, Spirit
2 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 636,290 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
3 Orlando, Florida 595,050 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
4 Boston, Massachusetts 582,910 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
5 Charlotte, North Carolina 427,230 American Airlines, Southwest, Spirirt

How to get to BWI Marshall Airport

By driving

Car rental and parking facilities are available at the airport.

The car rental facility is located at Stoney Run Road and New Ridge Road — 7432 New Ridge Road. Hanover, MD 21076. There is a free shuttle service that will take you between the airport and car rental.

By taxi

You can flag down a taxi in popular areas but it might not be as easy in lesser-known places. Alternatively, pre-order a taxi from a local cab company or get the person(s) in charge of your accommodation to order a taxi for you. There are also a number of popular taxi apps, such as Uber and Lyft available to use in the area.

By rail

The light rail travels between downtown Baltimore and Concourse E of BWI Marshall Airport, with popular stops at Camden Yards and the Convention Centre. 

By bus

The Maryland Transit Administration, also known as MTA, connects the airport to the surrounding areas with two different routes — route 17 and route 99. 

Route 17 connects the airport to Parkway Center, Arundel Mills Mall Airport 100 park and Patapsco Light Rail Station.

Route 99 connects the airport to University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Community college Baltimore County–Catonsville.