Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)

Martin State Airport

The State of Maryland owns and operates two airports: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), and Martin State Airport. Both are run by the Maryland Aviation Administration, an agency of the Department of Transportation.


BWI Airport offers both passenger and cargo flights to domestic and international destinations. One of the fastest growing large airports in the United States, BWI in 1994 welcomed more than 12.8 million passengers, handled 233 million pounds of air freight, and was served by 19 airlines with 650 commercial flights daily. Just south of Baltimore City, BWI is in northern Anne Arundel County.

The Airport has a 24-hour U.S. Customs operation and is designated an official port of entry by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. BWI has a foreign trade zone in the Air Cargo Center, and a 24-hour on-site cold storage facility with scheduled refrigerated trucking to major destinations in the Baltimore-Washington region.

To expand and enhance service and beautify Airport facilities, a multi-million dollar construction program began in 1994. Some 3,400 public parking spaces were added to satellite lots. A 10,500 foot runway now better accommodates long-haul traffic. Airfield work also began on the new International Pier that includes the Maryland Central Light Rail Line on the lower level, to open in 1997. For Amtrak and MARC passengers, a five-level parking garage is being built.

New carriers added in 1994 include Air Ontario/Air Canada, El Al Israel Airlines, British Airways, Air Aruba, and Ladeco Chilean Airlines. BWI's hub carrier, USAir began flights to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Montego Bay, Jamaica.


Martin State Airport is one of the largest general aviation facilities on the East Coast. Located in southeastern Baltimore County, Martin handles primarily private and corporate aircraft. Yet, it is the main base for Maryland's two Air National Guard squadrons; the Aviation Division (MED-EVAC) of the Department of State Police; the Baltimore City Police Helicopter Unit; and the Baltimore County Marine Division. Martin State also has flight schools, and aircraft repair and avionics facilities on-site.

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