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NEW AIR FARES FOR THE 'NEW' METROPOLITAN REGION

 BWI AIRPORT, Md., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the continuing recognition of Baltimore/Washington International Airport's (BWI) strategic location in the Washington-Baltimore common market, USAir (NYSE: U) has dropped its prices on flights between BWI and New York/Newark to match those on its Shuttle flights from National Airport to New York/Newark.
 The 14-day excursion fare is now $98 roundtrip, a savings of nearly 50 percent.
 "We applaud USAir's action," said Joe Edwards, executive director of the BWI Development Council. "BWI Airport stands at the heart of the recently announced Washington-Baltimore consolidated metropolitan area, and this new pricing policy demonstrates the growing recognition by businesses across the region of BWI's importance in this market."
 More than 30 percent of BWI's passenger traffic is coming from the suburban areas around Washington, and with the new air fares comparable to air shuttle prices previously available only at National Airport, that percentage is expected to increase.
 "BWI is the easiest airport to get into and out of in the region," added Edwards, "and it serves a broader area than many people have realized in the past."
 BWI serves Maryland, Washington and south central Pennsylvania. With 18 scheduled carriers flying non-stop to 80 domestic and international destinations, BWI handles more than 9 million passengers a year. It has direct access to two major interstate highways and is minutes from an Amtrak rail station.
 Formed in 1978, the Baltimore/Washington International Airport Development Council has played a major role in the marketing and promotion of the airport. Council membership provides opportunities to network with business leaders throughout the region, be involved in key airport and local events, and interact with state and local officials regarding critical airport and regional issues.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Greene of BWI Airport, 410-859-7027, or Joe Edwards of BWI Development Council, 301-805-0074/
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CO: Baltimore/Washington International Airport; USAir; BWI Development
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