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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS GROWTH TREND IN BWI'S PASSENGERS CONTINUES

 BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INT'L. AIRPORT, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The upswing in passenger traffic at Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) continued in November 1993 with passengers surging 30.6% over the same period in 1992.
 "These results show BWI's dramatic growth following the arrival of Southwest Airlines, and significant new service by both Continental and USAir," said O. James Lighthizer, secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation. BWI's passenger totals were up 15% in September and 37% in October.
 "I am delighted that more air travelers are choosing to fly BWI, taking advantage of the lower fares offered by many of our airlines," the secretary noted. Over the past few months, Continental nearly tripled its jet departures from BWI, and USAir increased jet service to many destinations. Last week, USAir started 13 new daily flights and announced plans to increase its BWI schedule by another 11 departures in early February.
 Lighthizer emphasized that 10 of BWI's major domestic and international carriers had very strong performance, gaining 10% or more in total passengers. "I am particularly pleased to see strong traffic for BWI's international flights, with Air Jamaica, Air Ontario, and EL AL," he remarked. BWI also added a new international airline, Air Aruba, in early November.
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 /CONTACT: Rebecca Reid of Maryland Department of Transportation, 410-859-7300, or Linda Greene of the Maryland State Aviation Administration, 410-859-7027/


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