BWI to expand for international travel

WASHINGTON – New options for international travel appear headed to the region as Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport grows.

For travelers, the biggest perks will be more flights, a new security checkpoint and a connector between concourses.

“Southwest Airlines has indicated that it plans to expand its international service in coming years and we feel that BWI will be a natural fit for that service,” says BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean.

He says more European destinations are possible, along with destinations in the Carribean, Mexico and Central America.

It’s all part of a $125 million plan. Of that, $100 million will be funded by fees collected on each airline ticket, while $25 million will be funded through the Transportation Infrastructure and Investment Act of 2013 that the Maryland General Assembly passed in its last legislative session.

Designs will start this fall, with construction to begin next summer. Construction is expected to be completed by 2016.

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WTOP’s Jamie Forzato and Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report. Follow @MollenbeckWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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