The Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is located approximately ten miles south of Baltimore and is the primary airport for the city. Over 54,000 passengers go through the gates per day on 55 airlines (includes commuter, charter, and cargo). Even with the high volume of travelers, the spacious 1.4 million square feet of passenger area is easy to get around in. Signs are posted to direct you to your next gate or to claim your baggage and airline and BWI employees are always available to offer their assistance.
You can almost always find a great deal on Baltimore Flights since so many airlines fly into BWI. Check with your travel agent or with specific airlines to book ahead and reserve those bargains. Most airlines offer several seat classes to choose from also. The majority of flyers find the Economy seats to be suitable; however, first class cabins are often available which offer a more luxurious and spacious option. When you fly into BWI make sure you have all the required identification and travel documents as security is tight at the airport.
When departing from Baltimore Airport after your stay, make sure you leave enough time to get through security and find the proper gate. The airport is comprised of 69 gates on four concourses, so it may take you a few minutes to walk to your designated area.
The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) located in Dulles, Virginia is approximately 60 miles from Baltimore and 26 miles from Washington D.C. and is another option for travelers flying into the Baltimore area. Forty airlines provide service to IAD and approximately 17 million passengers flew into and out of IAD in 2003.
The Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA)
The Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located much closer to the nation’s capital at just 4 miles from Washington D.C. and approximately 50 miles to Baltimore. This airport offers only domestic flights from 14 airlines. Approximately 14 million passengers went through DCA’s gates in 2003.
While these two airports are closer to Washington D.C. than Baltimore, they do offer an alternative if you are in a jam and need a flight to the area, are price shopping (sometimes you can find a deal), or are staying near Baltimore, but not necessarily in the city.