$800,000 for improvements at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was awarded as part of 4 federal infrastructure grants

BALTIMORE — Maryland will receive more than $21 million from four federal infrastructure grants.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that $1.8 billion in awards from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program will go toward 148 projects across the country. Click here to read the full article.

Project Description: This project will evaluate the feasibility of a multimodal Ground Transportation Center (GTC) at the airport terminal core, as well as an Automated People Mover (APM) connecting on and off-airport functions. The project includes stakeholder engagement, identifying, refining and evaluation of concepts, a funding plan, and implementation steps. Project Benefits: The project will study how to improve the airport’s multi-modal ground transportation access safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The study will provide recommendation for the airport’s decarbonization such as modal shifts and the increased use of electric vehicles. This planning will focus on how to reduce vehicle miles traveled in the project area as well as how to create green energy power sources for the airport. The project will implement transit-oriented development that helps existing residents and businesses, low-income and underserved communities, and minimizes displacement. The project will improve system-wise connectivity with access to transit, as well as micro-mobility and mobility on-demand for employees and airport travelers.

Click here to read the complete Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program 

New Condor A330neo Touches Down at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

Just in time for the peak summer travel season, Condor Airlines’ new A330neo, sporting Condor’s eye-catching, striped branding, arrives at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Condor will offer non-stop flights to its Frankfurt hub three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday), with easy connections to 100+ destinations throughout Europe and beyond. The A330neo will replace the previous generation of Boeing 767 aircraft and will significantly reduce Condor’s operating costs and offer increased passenger and cargo capacity into the Baltimore/Washington market.

The A330neo Is the new version of the popular A330 widebody. incorporating the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, new wings and aerodynamic innovations, the aircraft reduces Condor’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent. The A330neo consumes just a half a gallon of fuel, per passenger, per 62 miles flown – — well below the industry average. It is the first aircraft in the world already certified for the regulatory reduction in CO2 emissions, which will be required by 2028, and that subsequently will reduce travelers’ environmental footprint. The A330neo supports state-of-the-art flight and navigation systems tailored to Condor’s exacting requirements, resulting in more noise- and CO2 -efficient approach and departure procedures, even at particularly high-altitude airports, reducing noise pollution by up to 60 percent.

“The National Capital Region, connecting the District, Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most important transatlantic gateways in the U.S., and a key gateway for Condor’s growing U.S. network. We are thrilled to introduce our A330neo to BWI, one of the most-convenient airports serving the nation’s capital and the metro region. The A330neo is truly a game-changer for Condor and for transatlantic travel, and we are excited to introduce our next-generation aircraft to government, corporate and leisure travelers living and working in the area,” said Mikko Turtiainen, director of sales, The Americas.

“BWI Marshall is a world-class airport and a critical international gateway,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. “Condor is adding an enhanced level of service and comfort for our shared passengers. This innovative aircraft will improve the travel experience for our customers.”

Unrivaled Passenger Comfort In-Flight

Condor’s A330neo will offer unrivaled in-flight passenger comfort and will accommodate 310 passengers, featuring 30 seats in Business, 64 seats in Premium Economy and 216 seats in Economy class. The A330neo features an award-winning, whisper quiet Airspace cabin, providing passengers with a high level of comfort, ambience, and design. This includes offering more personal space, larger overhead bins, a new lighting system, and the ability to offer the latest in-flight entertainment systems and connectivity. The A330neo also features a state-of-the-art cabin air system, ensuring a clean and safe environment during the flight.

Best-in-Class, New Business and Premium Economy Class

The new Condor Business Class offers 30, lie-flat (180 degree) seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with direct aisle access for all guests. The seat conveniently converts to a 76-inch long by 19-inch-wide bed. Business Class guests have access to the latest movies, series, podcasts, and games, all accessible on a 17.3-inch screen in 4K mode, with touchscreen and remote control. The first row of Business Class will also feature four “Prime Seats”, with added space large enough to accommodate two guests who wish to dine together and an extra large, 24-inch entertainment screen. The “Prime Seats” will feature added in-flight amenities including a premium travel kit, inflight pajamas and a premium snack basket.

In Premium Economy Class, guests enjoy more personal space thanks to a generous extra seat pitch of 35 inches and a greater backrest angle of up to six inches. In addition, the multi-adjustable headrest and footrest at every seat ensure a significantly more comfortable flight experience. Both the Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats have 13.3-inch in-seat 4K monitors with touchscreens, which can be used to enjoy the extensive in-flight-program. Condor’s A330neo features a 2-4-2 seating configuration in both classes.

A brand-new feature awaits guests in all three classes: Condor’s new A330neo offers high-speed broadband internet and onboard connectivity. The latest in-flight-entertainment technology provides a wide of films, series, and podcasts. Each seat has an extra holder for mobile device, so that streaming is also possible. In addition, personal Bluetooth headphones can be connected to the aircraft’s in-flight-entertainment system.

The cabin also features mood lighting in all three classes that can be individually adjusted to suit the time of day. This helps guests aboard to fall asleep easily and wake up more relaxed.

Modern Elegance with Stylish Accents

Visually, the new cabin product impresses with a stylish color concept featuring the “Condor Marina” and “Condor Earth” color schemes as well as subtle stripes as a recurring design element. This includes a striped badge on every seat as well as uniformly striped headrest covers in Business and Premium Economy Class. This complements Condor’s new branding which is proudly displayed on the exterior of each A330neo. The design of the cabin was implemented by the design agency müller/romca industrial design based in Kiel. Remo Masala, owner of the visionalphabet agency in Berlin, who designed Condor’s new brand identity, guided the process with creative direction.

Along with Baltimore/Washington (BWI), this summer Condor will operate from a total of 18 North American cities to Frankfurt: including New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), Miami, (MIA), Portland (PDX), Minneapolis (MSP), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX), San Antonio (SAT), Anchorage (ANC), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG) and Halifax (YHZ).

For more information and to book flights visit: https://www.condor.com/us

New Parking Rates at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Effective July 1, 2024

New Parking Rates at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Effective July 1, 2024;

First Rate Increase Since 2009

Added Revenue to Support Parking Enhancements

Public parking rates will change at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, effective July 1, 2024. The following chart highlights the changes.

New Rates
(24-hour max)
Current Rates
(24-hour max)
Long Term Parking$11 per day$8 per day
Express Parking$14 per day$10 per day
Daily Garage$16 per day$12 per day
Hourly Garage$30 per day$22 per day
BWI Rail Station Garage$12 per day$9 per day

The new parking rates will apply to vehicles entering BWI Marshall Airport facilities on or after July 1, 2024. Vehicles parked before July 1 will pay the current rates. The change will be the first parking rate increase at BWI Marshall Airport since 2009. Parking rates at BWI Marshall will remain very competitive with major U.S. airports.

“This change will support the significant investment and innovative projects that are improving the airport experience for our valued customers,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Marshall Airport. “We continue to offer convenient and affordable parking options. These capital improvements will help ensure BWI Marshall remains a world-class airport.”

The additional revenue generated by the rate changes will be used to support numerous improvements for BWI Marshall’s parking service. A new guidance system is being installed in the Hourly Garage to ease customer navigation to available spaces. Eight new electric buses are being added to the airport’s parking shuttle fleet. Lighting improvements are being installed along the terminal roadway system. An airport parking reservation system is being developed. The new rates are also intended to help free up spaces in the Hourly Garage for short-term use by customers meeting or dropping-off passengers.

BWI Marshall Airport offers about 25,000 parking spaces for travelers in the Long-Term Parking lots, Express Parking lot, Daily Garage and Hourly Garage. The nearby BWI Rail Station garage, operated by the Maryland Transit Administration, includes 3,187 public parking spaces. Free shuttle service is available between the rail station garage and the BWI Marshall Airport terminal.

Public Workshops Regarding Future BWI Marshall Airport Improvement Projects Set for April 3

The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) will host two public workshops on April 3rd to provide information on several proposed improvement projects at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Rendering of a proposed hotel at BWI Marshall Airport with graphic showing travelers in walkway inside the airport terminal near the hotel entrance.

The public workshops will share information and invite public comments related to proposed improvements evaluated in a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) process, including a new airport air traffic control tower, a hotel in the main terminal area, and obstruction removal. The improvements reviewed in the EA are needed to address outdated tower facilities, federal airspace protection standards, and provide improved traveler amenities in the terminal.

The two public workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the MAA facility located at 7005 Aviation Blvd, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

Representatives from the MAA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the project team will be available at the workshops to answer questions from the public. Written comments from the public may be submitted during and after the workshops.

The Draft EA is available for review online at:


Hard copies of the EA document are available for review through April 15, 2024 at several local library branches, along with MAA and FAA offices.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Signs Equity in Infrastructure Project Pledge

Statement from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Executive Director/CEO Ricky Smith

As part of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Economic Opportunity and Policy Forum last week, I officially signed the Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) Pledge. By signing this document on behalf of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, I am proud to join other airports and other transportation industry leaders in working to create more contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.

Photo from the Airport Minority Advisory Council Economic Opportunity and Policy Forum of Ricky Smith signing the Equity in Infrastructure Project Pledge as 3 others look on.

As a national initiative, the EIP was created to provide greater access to prime, joint venture, and equity contracting opportunities for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). The EIP is working with public sector agencies, engineering consultancies, and professional organizations to enhance contracting processes for disadvantaged businesses.

The Pledge underscores our commitment at BWI Marshall Airport to proactive actions that will foster opportunity, create jobs, and help build generational wealth for these HUBs. The signing ceremony last week was an important milestone that marked our dedication to grow the share of major infrastructure contracts awarded to small and disadvantaged businesses.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to Host WelcomePep Rally for CIAA Basketball Tournament

CIAA Commissioner Jacquie McWilliams to Arrive at
BWI Marshall Ahead of Tournament Next Week

What: BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and local leaders will greet Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams with a pep rally ahead of the 2024 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held in Baltimore next week, February 26 – March 2.

Who: Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams
Dr. Aminta Breaux, President, Bowie State University
Al Hutchinson, President and CEO, Visit Baltimore
Bowie State University band and cheerleaders
Other local leaders

When: Friday, February 23
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
Upper level, near center of terminal and American Airlines ticketing

Validation available for Hourly Garage parking

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Welcomes BermudAir

New International Service to Bermuda Set to Start on March 18

BermudAir today announced that it would add service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport. BermudAir will offer three weekly roundtrip flights on the new route, starting March 18.

Logo of Bermudair

“BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is a world class transportation hub and we’re excited to welcome BermudAir to our region,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “This new connection will unlock new cultural and economic opportunities for Bermudians and Marylanders alike. BWI Marshall and our partners are looking forward to offering increased access to tropical vacations directly from the Baltimore region.”

“We are thrilled to welcome BermudAir and this premier service to the island paradise of Bermuda,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Marshall Airport. “BermudAir is growing quickly and creating new opportunities for tourism and economic development. Our customers will appreciate the airline’s quick and easy access to Bermuda’s natural beauty, culture, and history.”

Photo of a Bermudair aircraft at an airport gate with a rising sun and golden sky in the background.

BWI Marshall Airport will become the fourth U.S. destination for BermudAir, which first started service in September 2023. BermudAir is the flagship airline for Bermuda, offering flights on Embraer E175 aircraft.

“This expansion demonstrates our dedication to meeting our passengers’ needs and strategically enhancing our service offerings, based on continual market feedback and evaluation,” said Adam Scott, Founder and CEO of BermudAir. “It’s a significant step that elevates BermudAir to new levels of service and reach.”

BermudAir tickets for flights between BWI Marshall Airport and Bermuda are now available for purchase. To book flights, view flight schedules, or obtain more information, visit www.flybermudair.com.

BWI Marshall Airport provides nearly 300 daily nonstop departures from 18 airlines to more than 80 domestic and international destinations. Passenger traffic at the airport rose last fiscal year to 24.7 million, a 15 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. BWI Marshall is a major economic development and transportation resource for the State of Maryland and the entire National Capital region, producing a total economic impact of $11.3 billion. The airport and visitors generate and support more than 107,000 jobs throughout the region.


The MAA Internship Program


The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) is the owner and operator of BWI Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport.

We are actively seeking opportunities to develop the future workforce, through dynamic and engaging internship opportunities. The MAA Internship Program equips college students with knowledge of the transportation and aviation industries, while simultaneously providing insight into MAA’s contributions to the State of Maryland.

Graphic including two photos of Maryland Aviation Administration interns

College students interested in aviation, engineering, architecture, information technology, finance, communications, marketing, environmental services, human resources, public administration, business administration and business management should consider applying for our program.

Prior participants have represented not only colleges and universities from across our region, but even from several states away.

Apply Now

Requirements include:

  • Must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university
  • Major in Aviation, Engineering, Architecture, Information Technology, Finance, Communications, Marketing, Environmental Services, Public Administration, Business Administration or Business Management
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Ability to complete and pass all pre-employment screenings
  • Submission of college/university transcripts, resume, and personal statement

Timeline (subject to change):

  • January 15 – February 12, 2024: Applications Accepted for Summer 2024
  • February 13 – March 12, 2024: MAA Review Process
  • March 14 – April 11, 2024: Interview and Selection
  • April 11 – May 16, 2024: Pre-Employment
  • May 29 – August 7, 2024: Internship

For more information, contact Shakera Harris. Call 410-859-7693 or email sharris16@bwiairport.com.


$32 Million Contract Will Rehabilitate Runway and Enhance
Airfield Infrastructure

(January 4, 2024) – The Maryland Board of Public Works yesterday unanimously approved a
contract for a comprehensive pavement rehabilitation project for the runway at Martin State
Airport in Middle River, Baltimore County. The Board, chaired by Governor Wes Moore and
including Comptroller Brooke Lierman and Chief Deputy Treasurer Jon Martin, approved the
nearly $32 million contract that will replace pavement and enhance the airport runway, improve
taxiway connections and upgrade electrical components, including the installation of LED
airfield lighting and signage.

“This investment by the Board of Public Works paves the way for a significant advancement in
economic development at Martin State Airport,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul
Wiedefeld. “The rehabilitation project will bring important improvements to the airport and
ensure it is better equipped to meet the needs of its customers.”

“We thank the Board of Public Works for this important investment to maintain and improve the
airfield at Martin State Airport, a critical part of the Maryland aviation system,” said Ricky
Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland
Aviation Administration. “This work will help ensure a safe, efficient airport that meets the
highest standards for our customers and partners.”

P. Flanigan and Sons Inc. of Baltimore was awarded the construction contract. A 21%
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation goal was established for the contract. The
preliminary schedule calls for the airfield work at Martin State to begin in the spring.
Construction is expected to last for approximately 255 days.

Martin State Airport is a general aviation airport that supports a variety of services, including
corporate and private aviation, flight schools, law enforcement and the Maryland Air National
Guard. Martin State is designated as a reliever airport by the Federal Aviation Administration
that helps divert general aviation activities from commercial operations at BWI Thurgood
Marshall Airport.


New Members of Executive Team will Help Ensure Operational Excellence and Enhanced Passenger Service

(October 13, 2023) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration announces the recent appointment of two distinguished leaders to its executive team. Keiva Rodriques has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the administration, and Diana Leon Brown has been named Chief of Staff. The additions are part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to provide exceptional service and enhance the passenger experience. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Keiva and Diana to our executive team,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration. “Their proven leadership will play a vital role in the continued growth and success of our airports. We look forward to their work on behalf of our customers and their valuable contributions in shaping the future of the Maryland Aviation Administration.”

Keiva Rodriques

Chief Operating Officer Rodriques is responsible for providing guidance and management for internal affairs related to the Maryland Aviation Administration. Ms. Rodriques is a seasoned management and engineering professional with more than 20 years of experience in government and the private sector. Since 2019, she served as the agency’s Deputy Chief Engineer in the Division of Planning and Engineering. In that role, she oversaw the management of $1.5 billion in capital programs and projects at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall and Martin State airports.

Diana Leon Brown

Prior to joining the Maryland Aviation Administration, Ms. Rodriques worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration. providing strategic planning and project management. Ms. Rodriques holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional, a Certified Construction Manager and a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Chief of Staff Brown is responsible for guiding Maryland Aviation Administration external affairs. Ms. Brown is an executive with more than 20 years of experience in strategic partnerships, advocacy, external relations and program management, with a proven ability to create and maintain strong relationships with government and private-sector organizations.

Her career includes service as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Prince George’s County Executive, Senior Administrative Officer with Broward County Board of County Commissioners and Executive Director for the Artem Leadership Institute. She held leadership roles with the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, the Haitian Diaspora Federation and the Black Student Fund.

Ms. Brown earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Statistics and a Master’s of Business Administration in International Business and Finance from George Washington University School of Business. She serves on the board of the Congressional Award Foundation, Vital Voices and the Pull-up Fund. Ms. Brown has received several recognitions including honors from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Maryland Legislative Caucus.

The Maryland Aviation Administration fosters the vitality of aviation statewide and promotes safe and efficient operations, economic viability and environmental stewardship. Responsible for the operation of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport, the agency provides convenient facilities and excellent customer service, and develops enhanced domestic and international passenger and cargo opportunities.