BWI sets October record
Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport set an October record for passenger traffic, according to airport officials.
The airport said 1,994,905 passengers traveled through BWI in October, a 7.2 percent increase over last year.
It was the sixth straight monthly record for the airport, officials said. An all-time record for passenger traffic was set in July. Officials said passenger traffic has increased for 16 of the past 17 months; the exception was February when historic snowstorms grounded travel throughout the Washington region.
"The strong demand and consistent growth that we have seen at BWI Marshall Airport are indicative of the strength of this market," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement.
Southwest Airlines, the largest airline at BWI, served 1,095,361 passengers in October, a 9.2 percent increase compared to 2009. AirTran Airways, the second largest carrier at the airport, reported an increase of 10.7 percent to 298,463 passengers, officials said.
Southwest announced earlier this fall that it would buy AirTran in a $1.4 billion merger. The deal would position Southwest to become the Washington area's dominant airline, with a combined 31.5 percent of the region's air travel and opportunities to expand.
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