Free Annual Event Features Information Sessions
and Airport Contracting Opportunities

(August 31, 2023) – Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will host its annual SynergyBWI Business Networking Event on Monday, September 18, at Live! Casino and Hotel Maryland, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. The event is free and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SynergyBWI offers an exciting opportunity for local, small and minority businesses to connect, learn and grow. The event will provide businesses and entrepreneurs with valuable information and a venue to create connections and expand networks.
“This event was created to foster collaboration and growth with the local business community,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. “As an economic engine and major transportation resource, BWI Marshall Airport is working to support and champion small, local and minority businesses.”

SynergyBWI presents small and minority business owners with opportunities to connect with other businesses, potential clients, partners and industry experts. Procurement information will be offered, with the goal of increasing local participation in the many contracting opportunities at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport. Local business leaders attending the event can interact with prime contractors and government procurement leaders. Seminars throughout the day will feature information for aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business professionals regarding business certifications, bid preparation, upcoming contracts and lending opportunities.

Featured exhibitors include:
Clark Construction Group
Other industry leaders
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
Parsons Corporation

More information and a full schedule of events for SynergyBWI are available on the event website, SynergyBWI.com.

Registration closes on Saturday, September 9.

BWI Marshall Airport SynergyBWI Business Networking Event

Welcome to the SynergyBWI Business Networking Event, where we soar to new heights of success by embracing innovation, empowering growth, and fostering powerful networking opportunities. This dynamic event will be a journey of discovery, collaboration, and inspiration, guiding participants toward a future filled with endless possibilities in the aviation industry.

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Our 2023 theme is “Flight Plan: Empowering Growth Through Innovation and Networking.”

SynergyBWI provides an exciting venue for small and minority businesses to network and learn about business and contracting opportunities with BWI Marshall and Martin State Airports.

  • Hear from speakers about securing business in Maryland
  • Attend informative seminars about ways to grow your business
  • Network with airport leadership, procurement, and entrepreneurs 
  • Gain access to financing and bonding resources
  • Meet our current airport PRIME contractors and exhibitors

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2023 Summer Youth Initiative Closing Ceremony


Copa Starts Service to Panama, with Easy Connections Across Latin America

(June 28, 2023) – Copa Airlines, based in Panama City, today launched new international service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Panama City, Panama. The carrier offers four weekly flights between BWI Marshall and Panama. The new service will offer efficient connections to destinations across Latin America.

“We are thrilled to welcome Copa Airlines to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, and to celebrate this new nonstop service to Panama,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Marshall Airport. “We are confident that this partnership will foster tourism, trade, and cultural exchanges between our two regions.”

“BWI Thurgood Marshall has built an outstanding reputation for convenient, friendly, and reliable service, and we look forward to delivering this exceptional service to customers to and from Panama City,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “This is a win for Maryland, for our BWI Marshall team and for travelers in America and abroad.”

The airline will utilize Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the new route. Copa Airlines operates an average of 300 daily flights through its Hub of the Americas, located at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. BWI Marshall is the 14th U.S. destination for Copa Airlines.

“The launch of this new route to Baltimore strengthens Copa’s position as a major player in connecting the Americas, effectively bridging distances and fostering connectivity across the Americas,” said Dennis Cary, Sr. Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Copa Airlines. “This new route opens up exciting tourism opportunities for travelers in the Baltimore area to explore dozens of destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, while also promoting commercial exchange between regions.”

The new service from Copa Airlines comes as airline and passenger traffic continue to rebound at BWI Marshall. In recent months, passenger traffic has routinely approached levels not seen since before the global pandemic. Airline seat capacity for the summer is expected to grow more than 10% from last year and is projected to nearly match the same period in 2019, before the pandemic. The busiest day at BWI Marshall Airport since the start of the pandemic was recorded this month, on June 16, with 34,984 departing passengers.


New Facilities are Part of Improvement Program Throughout
Airport to Boost Passenger Experience

(April 19, 2023) – Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has opened the first set of improved restrooms as part of a broad program to modernize and enhance restroom facilities throughout the terminal. BWI Marshall Airport has an ongoing $55 million program that will ultimately expand and improve six sets of restrooms on Concourses B, C and D.

“These improved restrooms are an important part of our overall effort to ensure a positive, world-class travel experience for our customers,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Marshall Airport. “We are continuously working to provide an airport that is clean, modern, and inviting for passengers.”

The new set of restrooms now open on Concourse B is nearly 4,700 total square feet. The new facilities are bright, spacious and comfortable, with full height stalls, space for stowing roller bags, solid surface materials that are easy to clean and sanitize, and improved ventilation. The new restrooms feature innovative technology such occupancy lights for the stalls and sensors to inform custodial staff when supplies need to be refilled. The facilities include honeycomb core windows that provide natural light to the open areas of the restroom while also ensuring privacy.

A recent expansion of the airport’s Concourse A included new, modern restrooms that have become very popular with BWI Marshall Airport travelers. Those Concourse A facilities served as a design standard for the current restroom improvement program. The additional five restroom sets in the improvement program are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

“Service, convenience and cleanliness are important to travelers, and BWI Marshall has a well-deserved reputation for making our customers feel welcome and comfortable,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “These improvements to our restroom facilities are part of the ongoing commitment from our staff and our partners at BWI to make travelers feel at home in Maryland.”