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With three major airports in the Baltimore-Washington region, Maryland offers a wide range of options for the air traveler.  Travelers can choose to fly into Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Northern Virginia.  BWI and Dulles are full-service international airports; Reagan National serves the eastern United States and Canada.  Maryland also has several regional airports in all corners of the state for private planes and jets.  

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport handled more than 22.3 million passengers in 2011 and is ranked among the best airports in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure.  The State of Maryland recently completed $1.4 billion in improvements to BWI resulting in easier road access, improved parking, new gates, moving walkways, faster connections to rail service, and a new open look.  BWI offers travelers connections via Amtrak to other business centers along the U.S. East Coast.

Southwest Airlines currently handles more than half of the passengers in and out of BWI, with 12.6 million in 2011. BWI offers nonstop service to 66 U.S. destinations and 10 international destinations.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Sitting along the Potomac River, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is Washington's downtown airport, offering easy access to the nation's capital and the surrounding suburbs of Maryland and Virginia.  Reagan National is also conveniently located on Greater Washington's Metrorail system.

Commercial airlines flew more than 18.8 million passengers in and out of this historic airport in 2011.  Serving as a "short-haul" facility, Reagan National primarily serves East Coast routes no further than 1,250 miles from Washington D.C.  Six cities are served beyond this perimeter with daily flights: Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Seattle.  Thirteen passenger airlines serve the airport.  Daily nonstop service is currently authorized to 78 cities, including service to one Caribbean and three Canadian cities.

Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) operates 24 hours a day, with nonstop service to 83 U.S. cities and direct service to 49 foreign cities.  Thirty-four passenger airlines and four cargo integrators serve the airport.  In 2011 Washington Dulles served over 23.2 million passengers with 6.5 million of those passengers on international flights.

Washington Dulles is situated in Fairfax and Loudon counties in Virginia, approximately 26 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C.  The 16-mile Dulles Airport Access Road provides two dedicated lanes in each direction and a direct connection to I-66 and the Capital Beltway (I-495).

Regional Airports

In addition to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland has eight regional airports with runways exceeding 5,000 feet that can handle corporate jets and planes. Hagerstown Regional and Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airports offer scheduled passenger service.

Airport Name (ID)

City / County

Annual Operations (2011)

Longest Runway Length (feet)

Carroll County Regional Airport (DMW)

Westminster / Carroll



Easton Airport (ESN)

Easton / Talbot



Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK)

Frederick / Frederick



Garrett County Airport (2G4)Oakland / Garrett



Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (CBE)

Cumberland / Allegany



Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR)

Hagerstown / Washington



Martin State Airport (MTN)

Middle River / Baltimore



Salisbury/Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) 

Salisbury / Wicomico



  Source: Maryland Aviation Administration, Office of Regional Aviation Assistance.

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