$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 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.