Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport has begun work on a major enhancement programme that will improve and modernise the BWI Marshall passenger terminal facility and provide new services for passengers.
Construction will include a new, expanded security checkpoint; a secure connector between Concourses B and C with moving sidewalks and other passenger amenities; and an improved Concourse C facility with improved airline gate hold rooms and new food and retail space.
The expanded nine-lane checkpoint will serve Concourses A, B and C and will feature the latest security screening equipment. It will be comparable to the large, efficient checkpoints currently at Concourses A and B, and Concourse C’s existing checkpoint will be closed once the new facility is complete.
BWI Marshall will also construct an expansive airside connector to provide convenient and direct passenger access between Concourses A, B, and C. The post-security connector will allow passenger access between the 14 airline gates on Concourse C and the 26 gates on Concourses A and B. The design includes new moving sidewalks and approximately 8,500ft2 of new food and retail space.
“BWI Marshall is Maryland’s gateway to the world,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Together, we have worked hard to create a world-class facility. The recent surge in passenger growth is evidence that our investments in BWI Marshall are paying off. Now, it is time to take the next step and improve the terminal so that we are able to accommodate the growth that we are experiencing today and the continued growth we expect in the future.”
“We are working to ensure that BWI Marshall remains the ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ airport,” added Paul J. Wiedefeld, executive director of BWI Marshall Airport. “We want to provide a high level of service for our customers while providing the opportunity for continued growth.”
The US$100 million programme will be funded primarily through revenues from Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) and is scheduled for completion in summer 2013. During the construction period the BWI Marshall Observation Gallery will be closed until spring 2013.