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MD OKs $332 Million in BWI Improvements

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $332.5 million contract for major terminal improvements at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), primarily for the A/B Connector and a baggage handling system improvement at the airport.

The multi-year construction project is the largest terminal enhancement ever for the airport. The current schedule calls for completion of the new baggage handling system and the connector in late 2025, with final program completion in summer 2026. The improvements will bring a major upgrade to the center of operations for Southwest Airlines, including the new, sophisticated baggage handling system, a direct connection between concourses A and B, expanded hold rooms at passenger gates, new restrooms and added food and retail concessions space.

Southwest Airlines is the busiest carrier at BWI serving about 70 percent of the airport’s passenger traffic.

“This capital project will support airline service and improve the travel experience for our customers,” said Ricky Smith, BWI executive director. “The launch of this phase of the project marks a pivotal point in the airport’s recovery.”