Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) announced that more than 1.9 million passengers flew through the airport in May, an all-time record for the month and a 1.8% increase over May 2007.
Southwest Airlines led the way, transporting more than 1 million passengers. AirTran Airways also flew nearly 271,000 passengers in May, up 27.5% from May 2007.
Those low-fare carriers are one big reason for the airport’s overall passenger growth, says Cheryl Stewart, a BWI spokeswoman.
“They make BWI an attractive option for passengers to travel in the midst of the rising costs and baggage fees,” she says. “They seem to be a perfect fit for a lot of travelers in this market.”
For the past 12 months, 21.4 million passengers have used BWI, making it the busiest one-year period in the airport’s history.