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 The improvements reviewed in the EA are needed to address outdated tower facilities, federal airspace protection standards, and provide improved traveler amenities in the terminal.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.

Signature Breakfast Series – Keynote Speaker: Bob Jordan, President & CEO, Southwest Airlines 

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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

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


$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.

Winner of Cintas 2023 America’s Best Restroom® Contest – BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

Airport wins $2,500 in Cintas products and services

CINCINNATI — September 28, 2023 — Ready™ to fly. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), is proud to name the Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport the winner of the 2023 America’s Best Restroom® contest. As this year’s winner, the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will get to properly crown their restrooms with prizes from Cintas. This includes a Cintas UltraClean® restroom cleaning service and $2,500 in Cintas products and services for restroom cleaning or facility management to keep their restrooms Ready for the Workday®, along with a coveted spot in the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame.

The newly constructed restrooms at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport maximize occupant capacity while enhancing the overall passenger experience. The entrance welcomes travelers with an aesthetic mural and seating area while they wait for their companions. The new restrooms feature bright, spacious, fully enclosed stalls for privacy, touchless fixtures and individual lactation, adult changing and family assist rooms. Each restroom features a state-of-the-art smart restroom system that integrates with color-changing, LED stall occupancy lights and digital signage at the restroom entrances showing current availability. The smart restroom system also provides real-time inventory tracking and usage counts for custodial services.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Cintas and contest voters for our commitment to providing a positive passenger experience and outstanding facilities,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. “Passengers rank restrooms as an airport’s number one amenity. That’s why we work so hard to provide creative, clean and inviting restrooms to make travel more enjoyable.”

In its 22nd year, the America’s Best Restroom contest, hosted by Cintas, celebrates innovative and hygienic public restrooms across the country. The BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport was one of 10 finalists that were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The public had the opportunity to vote for the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order) between July 11th and August 11th at

  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Clear Lake and Des Moines River Safety Rest Areas (Jackson, Minnesota)
  • Drusie & Darr (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • El Rio (San Francisco, California)
  • Frying Pan (New York, New York)
  • Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company (Melbourne, Florida)
  • Juban’s Creole Restaurant (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  • Little America (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Rabbit Hole (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Snowbasin Resort (Huntsville, Utah)

“The state of their public restroom can have large impact on the public’s perception of a business,” said Julia Walsh, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “The BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport restrooms are bright and airy and the embodiment of clean, with natural light and room for luggage. We’re proud to crown them as America’s Best Restroom.”