Monday, May 20, 2013
More increases may be in store at BWI, National, and Dulles.
Airlines raked in more than $6 billion in baggage and change fees in 2012, accounting for a 3.7 percent profit margin, WTOP reports. The practice of collecting additional fees for the once-free baggage began in 2008, when prices for jet fuel rose nearly 50 percent as oil hit an all-time high. Since then, the fees have increased and are typically in the range of $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second. These baggage fees added $3.5 billion to airline coffers in 2012, 3.8 percent more than in 2011. While some commercials make light of the anger and frustration caused by the additional fees, a J.D. Power & Associates survey cited by the Los Angeles Times shows that a greater percentage of passengers who pay to check their bags …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The airport announced that more 22 million people flew through BWI in 2012.
For the third straight year, Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has increased its best year-long traffic totals, according to a press release from the airport. Passenger traffic at BWI increased 1.3 percent from 2011 to 22.6 million commercial passengers. International passenger traffic increased 20.7 percent from 2011, and cargo shipments increased 3.7 percent from the year prior. The year also saw the airport's best month on record in July when more than 2.2 million people flew through BWI. "The sustained growth and success at BWI Marshall highlights its position as an important business and tourism gateway, as well as a job generator," said Governor Martin O'Malley. Nearly 94,000 jobs are supported by BWI, as …
Friday, November 16, 2012
There's a solution, the TSA says.
Capital News Service With the holiday travel season about to kick off, the Transportation Safety Administration and BWI Marshall Airport are working together to promote the TSA's new Pre Check program intended to make the travelers' journeys from check-in to the plane a whole lot quicker. Check out the video story.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sen. Ben Cardin announced a presidential declaration that gives Maryland federal aid and Gov. Martin O’Malley urged Maryland citizens to stay off the roads Monday at a press conference at MEMA.
President Barack Obama signed a pre-landfall state of emergency declaration for Maryland. The declaration provides federal resources from FEMA and Health and Human Services to state aid, Sen. Ben Cardin announced at a press conference at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Reisterstown Sunday night. “Federal partners are here at your request,” he said. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are working alongside state agencies at MEMA’s emergency operations center, which is fully staffed in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Federal employees from Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, Indiana and Kansas have come to Maryland’s aid, Cardin said. Military …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The number of birds being hit by airplanes is five times what it was in 1990, according to a new report.
According to a federal report, birds are hitting airplanes fives times more often than they did in 1990, reports The Washington Post. More than 2,600 bird strikes have been recorded at the three major airports in the Baltimore-Washington area since 2000, reports The Post. The Federal Aviation Administration has spent $485 million over the past five years on efforts to minimize the number of bird strikes–which cause engine failures and crashes that have killed 23 people since 1990, according to the FAA website. Sign up for the Savage-Guilford Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Patch editors Lisa Rossi and Brian Hooks gave the ICC a test run. They are among those who tried the road before riders are charged toll fees beginning March 7.
It’s not every day that you get to drive on a highway that is only nine days old. But in the spirit of adventure, Patch editor Brian Hooks and I took a cruise on the smooth, newly poured pavement of the Intercounty Connector, the first section of the toll road expected to substantially slice the amount of time some suburban Washington and Baltimore commuters spend on the road. It’s the first new highway in more than a decade in Maryland, which is struggling with deteriorating roads and increasing commute times. State highway officials expect to complete the entire ICC in December of 2018. It could shave more than an hour off morning and evening commutes between Gaithersburg and BWI Airport, according to estimates from an ICC environmental …