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Baltimore Washington International Airport(BWI): The airport is located in northern unincorporated Anne Arundel County, about 30 miles(48 km) northeast of Washington D.C and about 10 miles(16 km) south of Baltimore. It is commonly known as BWI, BWI Airport or BWI Marshall. It is a commercial airport serving the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area in the United States. It is named after a Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall who was the first African American to serve the Supreme Court of the United States. it is the 24th busiest airport in North America with 20.49 million passengers passing through it in 2008.In 2010 BWI was ranked as the best airport of its size in the world by the Airports Council International based on its 2009 Airport Service Quality survey.

Baltimore Washington International Airport Details:

BWI Airport Contact:
Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Address: Maryland Aviation Administration, Third Floor, Terminal Building - PO Box 8766, BWI Airport, Maryland 21240-0766, USA
Phone: (410) 859-7111

BWI Airport History: To serve the Baltimore/Washington area just after the end of the World War, Friendship International Airport was dedicated on June 24, 1950 by President Harry Truman. The following month itself regular commercial service was started. The State of Maryland through the Marylan Department of Transportation purchased the airport from the City of Baltimore for $36million in 1972.The airport was renamed as Baltimore/Washington International Airport in 1973.

The first phase of BWI modernization was completed in 1974 at a cost of $30 million. Upgrades included improved instrument landing capabilities and runway systems, and construction of three new air cargo terminals, expanding the airport's freight capacity to 2.53 acres. The passenger terminal renovation program was complete in 1979, the most dramatic work of the airport's modernization. The BWI terminal more than doubled in size to 14.58 acres; the number of gate positions increased from 20 to 27. The total cost of project was $70 million. To continue the work, the BWI Development Council was established to support initiatives for airport development. In 2005 Concourse A and b were renovate and expanded and integrated with one another to host all of the airlines operations here so as to include the extensive presence of Southwest. Health Magazine named BWI as the second healthiest airport in the U.S in 2008.Next year there was a 6% increase in air travelers due to the proliferation of discount flights.

Location and Driving Directions: I-195 serves the terminal directly, with a designated airport exit. From Washington DC, take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, heading north, until signs for I-195/BW appear. Bear right and follow I-195 to the airport. From Baltimore, take Russell Street south to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, then follow the parkway south to the junction with I-195, and merge left off the parkway onto I-195 for the airport.

Airport Terminal Information: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has five concourses, though Concourses A and B were essentially merged into a single concourse in the renovations completed in 2005.

Concourses A and B:

Concourses A and B Airlines: Airlines that operate from Concourses A and B, with service to:
- Southwest Airlines- Concourses A/B - Destinations: Albany (NY), Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Buffalo, Chicago-Midway, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston-Hobby, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Long Island/Islip, Los Angeles [seasonal], Louisville, Manchester (NH), Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Panama City (FL), Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma [seasonal], Tampa, West Palm Beach.

Concourses A and B Restaurants:
- Arby’s
- Au Bon Pain
- Auntie Anne’s
- California Tortilla
- Charlie Chiang’s KWAI
- Java City
- Mayorga Coffee
- mamma ilardo’s pizzeria
- McDonald’s
- Obrycki’s Restaurant
- Panda Express
- Phillips Famous Seafood
- Quiznos Sub
- Silver Diner
- Subway
- Villa Pizza
- Villa Pronto
- Zona Mexicana

Concourses A and B Shops:
- Airport Wireless
- Bijoux Terner
- The Body Shop
- Borders
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- Fire & Ice - Godiva Chocolatier
- Hudson News
- News Connection
- Olympic News
- Sunglass Hut
- Boingo Wireless Internet
- M&T Bank and ATMs

Concourses C and D:

Concourses C and D Airlines: Airlines that operate from Concourses C and D, with service to:
- Air Train Airways - Concourse D - Atlanta, Boston, Cancún, Charlotte, West Palm Beach,Dallas/Fort Worth , Dayton, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Grand Rapids, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, , Montego Bay, Nassau, New Orleans, Orlando, Portland (ME), Rochester (NY), San Antonio , Jacksonville, San Juan, Sarasota/Bradenton, Seattle/Tacoma , Tampa, Milwaukee.
- American Airlines - Concourse C - Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, San Juan
- American Eagle - Concourse C - Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK
- Cape Air - Concourse D- Hagerstown, Lancaster
- Continental Airlines - Concourse D - Houston-Intercontinental
- Continental Express - Concourse D - Cleveland
- Delta Airlines operated by Chautauqua Airlines - Concourse C - Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
- Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines - Concourse C - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, New York-JFK
- - Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines - Concourse C - Cleveland, Newark
- Delta Connection operated by Comair - Concourse C - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
- Delta Connections operated by Freedom Airlines - Concourse C - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
- Delta Connections operated by Mesaba Airlines - Concourse C - Memphis
- Delta Connections operated by Pinnacle Airlines - Concourse C - Memphis
- JetBlue Airways - Concourse C - Boston
- United Airlines - Concourse D - Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
- US Airways - Concourse D - Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix
- US Airways Express operated by Air Winconsin - Concourse D - Philadelphia
- US Airways Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines - Concourse D - Philadelphia
- US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines - Concourse D - Charlotte
- US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines - Concourse D - New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia
- US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines - Concourse D - Philadelphia
- US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines - Concourse D - Charlotte

Concourses C and D Restaurants:
- Auntie Anne’s
- Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
- mamma ilardo’s pizzeria
- Manchu Wok
- McDonald’s
- Potbelly Sandwich Works
- Quiznos Sub
- Subway
- Varsity Grill
- Wendy’s

Concourses C and D Shops:
- Airport Wireless palm
- America!
- Borders
- Brookstone
- Candy Express
- Hudson News
- Johnston & Murphy
- Olympic News
- Sunglass Hut
- Talie

Concourse E:

Concourse E Airlines: Airlines that operate from Concourses E, with service to:
- Air Canada Jazz, Toronto-Pearson
- British Airways, London-Heathrow
- USA3000 Airlines, Bermuda, Cancún, Punta Cana
- Caribbean Airlines, Montego Bay

Concourse E Shops:
- Hudson News
- currency exchange
- Boingo wireless Internet

Information and Help Desks: The Customer Service Center (410) 859-7992 is situated on the upper level of the terminal between concourses B and C. It is open 0900-1700 Mon-Fri. There are information points at a number of locations throughout the terminal complex.

Luggage: Left-luggage facilities have been suspended due to security concerns. There is a lost property office (tel: (410) 859 7387) at the Customer Service Center on the upper level of the terminal between Concourses B and C.

Other facilities areas: There are also children play areas throughout the airport. Additionally, there is a tribute area located on the departures level pre-security between Concourses B and C, showcasing the life and work of US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom the airport is named.

Conference and Business Facilities: Meeting space (tel: (410) 691 2515) is available at the terminal, which is equipped for wireless Internet service. The adjacent Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (tel: (410) 859 3300; also offers a conference center and meeting rooms. Almost all pay telephones have jacks for plugging in laptops.

Facilities for Disabled Travelers: TDD telephones are available throughout the airport. There are disabled toilets, as well as lifts and ramps, and reserved disabled parking. Pick-up and set-down spaces are available on the upper level terminal road, where disabled passengers can seek assistance from Skycap porters (tel: (410) 850 7674). Some car hire companies provide hand-controlled vehicles. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline of this when booking their ticket.

Customer Service Center: The BWI Marshall Customer Service Center is located on the upper level of the terminal near Concourse D – behind the AirTran ticket counter. The hours of operation are 9:00 am. – 5:00 pm. Monday through Friday.

Family Restrooms: BWI Marshall has family restrooms in many locations throughout the terminal building. There are four on Concourse A - one before security between security and the bank, one just past security near the Phillips restaurant, one at gate A9 and one in baggage claim on the lower level.

There are five family restrooms in the Concourse B area - one at security, one near the Silver Diner restaurant, one at gate B2, another at gate B7 and one at baggage claim belt 5.

Concourse C has two family restrooms - one in the upper level back hallway near the Lost & Found office and one at gate C7.

There are four near Concourse D - one is in the upper level back hallway near Bill Bateman's restaurant, one in the back hallway behind the Air Tran Airways ticket counter, another at gate D7 and one at baggage claim belt 12.

Additional Disabled Bathrooms: These bathrooms are especially equipped for people with disabilities. It is possible for a person with a disability to use them with or without an attendant. Two pre-security unisex bathrooms are located to the right (just past Hudson News) and to the left of Concourse D security, behind the airline ticket counters.

Lockers: There are no lockers at BWI Marshall for luggage storage. All airport baggage storage has been suspended by order of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Contact your airline to inquire if they will allow early luggage check-in.

Passenger Information: BWI Marshall’s customer service desks are located on the upper level ticketing area before Concourse B and Concourse D; and on the lower level in the Southwest Airlines baggage claim 1-5 area, lower level Concourse C and Concourse D, and International Concourse arrivals area. Because the customer service desks are staffed by Pathfinder Volunteers, hours at each desk may vary. A first-level of staffing priority is given to the Concourse D desk and is typically staffed daily from 5:00 am. – 9:00 pm. For general airport information, call 800-I-FLY-BWI.

Lost and Found: For items left at the security checkpoint areas: Contact the TSA Lost and Found office at 410-689-3620. The TSA Lost and Found office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:00pm.

For items left on an aircraft or in a boarding area: Contact the airline on which you traveled.

For items left on the BWI Marshall parking shuttle buses: Contact the airport shuttle bus service at 410-684-3346

For items left at one of the BWI Marshall parking garages or parking lots: Contact Maryland Parking - 410-859-9230

For items left in other areas: The Lost and Found office can be contacted through the office at 410-859-7387. You may also contact Lost and Found by sending an e-mail to maalostandfound@bwiairport The Lost & Found Office is located in the BWI Marshall Landside Operations Center between Concourse B & C on the upper level of the terminal. The BWI Marshall Lost and Found office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. All calls and e-mails will be returned.

Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD): There are public telephones equipped with Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) throughout the airport. There are also TDD phones at the information desks located on the upper level Concourse B, lower level in the Southwest Airlines baggage claim 1-5 area, lower level Concourse E as well as the Customer Service Center.

Lift-Equipped Buses: Shuttle service to the parking lots and to the railroad station can be provided by lift-equipped buses. Notify First Transit (Operator of the shuttle bus service) at 410-684-3346 to request a wheelchair accessible shuttle bus. It usually takes a few minutes for them to send a specially requested bus.

Wheelchair Service: Aviation Safeguards serves Southwest, American, Delta, British Airways and USA3000. The wheelchair request number is 410-981-1251.

Prime Flight Aviation Services serves Air Tran, Continental, jet Blue, United, and US Airways. The wheelchair request number is 410-859-4444.

Airlines Lounges:
- Concourse D, USO operates a lounge on the lower level
- Concourse E, British Airways Chesapeake Club Lounge, USO operates a lounge on the lower level.

BWI Airport Security: There is high security measures at all U.S airports after September 11 attack. Passengers should be clear about the information on what is allowed and forbidden to take aboard. It would be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the latest security guidelines and suggestions. Some of them are listed below:

- Airport Security Tips: Do not bring any liquids or drinks to the security checkpoints unless they are in paper or in Styrofoam, sealed or seal-able/spill proof containers. Put metal in your carry – on bag. Take OUT your laptop computer. Place it in a bin, separate from its carrying case. Take OFF your outer coat. Place it in a bin. Suit jackets and blazers do not have to be removed, unless requested by the screener.

- Screening Checkpoints: In accordance with the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, as of February 17, 2002, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) became responsible for the management and operation of the passenger security screening checkpoints at all U. S. airports. TSA reminds the passengers of the security measures and help them to be prepared for security. If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please call the TSA Consumer Response Center toll-free at 1-866-289-9673, Monday - Friday between 8am-6pm (24 hour voicemail). You may also email TSA at

BWI Airport Parking: The airport provides different types of parking facilities. There is numerous parking facilities present in each terminal according to the requirements of the passengers. Free shuttles are available throughout the airport location. The different types of parking facilities present in Baltimore Washington International Airport are:

Hourly Garage : Rates are:
- 1st 1/2 hour $2.00
- 2nd 1/2 hour $2.00
- 2nd through 6th hour (or fraction) $4.00
- Maximum $22 per day (effective December 1, 2009)

Daily Garage: The Daily Garage has 8,400 spaces in close proximity to the Airport terminal. "Smart park" technology has been installed throughout the garage to guide you to an empty space.
The Daily Garage is located at Terminal Road and Scott Drive (one block off of MD 170). From I-195 exit at 1-A and turn right onto Terminal Road. Frequent shuttle bus service is provided from the garage to the terminal.
Daily Garage Rates are:
- 1st hour (or fraction) $3.00
- 2nd hour (or fraction) $3.00
- Each additional hour (or fraction) $2.00
- Maximum $22 per day (effective December 1, 2009)

Express Parking: Express Parking provides customers at BWI Marshall with a personalized and perfectly organized and efficient experience. Patrons who park at an Express parking space are picked-up by a shuttle directly at that space. Upon returning to the lot, the shuttles drive you and your luggage directly to your vehicle.
The Express parking lot is located across from BWI Marshall's Daily Garage at Terminal Road and Scott Drive (one block off of MD 170). To reach the parking lot take the exit 1-A from I-195 and turn right onto Terminal Road.
Express Parking Rates:
- 1st hour (or fraction) $4.00
- Each additional hour (or fraction) $2.00
- Maximum $10 per day (effective December 1, 2009)

Long Term Parking: Long Term parking lots are served by closely scheduled shuttle buses to the terminal. Covered passenger collection points make this parking service convenient even during inclement weather, and the economical rates make these lots the vacationers' choice.
Long Term parking lots are located just off of MD 162 (Aviation Blvd.) between S. Camp Meade Road and Andover Road. The rate is Maximum $8 per day.

Baltimore Washington Airport Hotels:

BWI Airport vicinity hotels are listed below including distances in Miles from BWI:
- Fairfield Inn, 1.5, 1734 W. Nursery Road, Maryland 21090
- Comfort Inn, 2.8, 6921 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21225
- Comfort Suites, 1, 815 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, MD 21090
- Holiday Inn Express, 3, 7481 Ridge Road, Hanover, Maryland 21076
- Hilton Baltimore BWI, 2, 1739 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090
- Candlewood Suites,1.5, 1247 Winterson Road, Linthicum, MD 21090
- Marriot BWI Airport, 1, 1743 West Nursery Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21090
- Hampton Inn, 1, 7027 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Maryland 21076
- Embassy Suites, 1.4, 1300 Concourse Road, Linthicum Maryland 21090
- Spring Hill Suites, 1.6, 7544 Teague Road , Hanover, Maryland 21076
- Courtyard by Marriot, 2, 1671 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090
- Homewood Suites at Airport Square business center, 2, 7491-B New Ridge, Hanover, Maryland 21076
- Ramada Inn Park Stay and Fly, 3, 7253 Parkway Drive Hanover, MD 21076
- Residents Inn BWI, 1, 7035 Arundel Mill CircleHanover, Maryland 20176

Washington D.C. and City of Baltimore: Formally known as the District of Columbia and most often referred to as Washington, the District, or D.C is the capital of the United States. It was founded on July 16, 1790. The act of Congress in 1871 merged the City of Washington and the Territory of Columbia into a single entity known as the District of Columbia. Thereby it is known also as Washington, D.C, even though it is legally named the District of Columbia.

To the southwest Virginia borders the city and Maryland to the other sides. The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River. The District has a resident population of 599,657; because of commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek.

Washington D.C hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the Organization of American States(OAS),the International Monetary Fund(IMF),the Inter-American Development Bank and the Pan American Health Organization(PAHO). The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums.

A mayor and a 13 member city council govern the city. The city has a non-voting, at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators .The D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961.

Found in 1729, Baltimore is the largest city and cultural center of the U.S states of Maryland. It is located in central Maryland .It is located along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River. Baltimore is a major seaport and is closer to the major Midwestern markets. Once the second leading airport of entry of immigrants to the US and major manufacturing center, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is now home to Harbor place, which is a tourist entertainment and shopping center. Baltimore is also home to the National Aquarium which has gained a lot of importance in the past few years in the field of tourism.

Wasington DC and City of Baltimore History: The Washington DC city along the Potomac River was chosen for the capital city by the then US President George Washington. The city was under the attack during the War of 1812. Upon the government's return to the capital, it had to manage reconstruction of numerous public buildings, including the White House and Unites States Capitol. On April 16th 1862 slavery was abolished throughout the District. Article One, section 8, of the United States Constitution places the District below the executive legislation of Congress. Thus the District residents lack voting representation in Congress. It was ratified in 1961 in the Twenty –third Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave the District representation in the Electoral College.

Baltimore was founded on July 30th 1729 and is named after Lord Baltimore who was the first Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland. The Maryland colonial General Assembly created the Port of Baltimore at Locust Point in 1706 for the tobacco trade. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 92.1 square miles (239 km2), of which, 80.8 square miles (209 km2) of it is land and 11.3 square miles (29 km2) of it is water. The total area is 12.24 percent water.

Washington DC Geography: Washington DC has a total area of 68.3 square miles of which 61.4 square miles is land. The District's current area consists only of territory ceded by the state of Maryland. Washington is therefore surrounded by the states of Maryland to the southeast, northeast, and northwest and Virginia to the southwest. The major natural flowing rivers are the Potomac river and its tributaries the Anacostia River and Rock Creek. Tiber Creek, a watercourse that once passed through the National Mall, was fully enclosed underground during the 1870s.

The Rock Creek park, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the National Mall, Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Constitution Gardens Meridian Hill park and Anacostia Park all are managed by the US National Park Service The only significant area of natural habitat not managed by the National Park Service is the US National Arboretum, which is operated by the US Department of Agriculture The Great Falls of the Potomac River are located upstream (northwest) of Washington. During the 19th century, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which starts in Georgetown, was used to allow barge traffic to bypass the falls.

Washington DC Climate: Located in the humid subtropical climate zone, Washington exhibits four distinct seasons. Its springs and rainfall are warm, with low humidity, whereas the winter is cool with annual snowfall ranging from 14.7 to 15 inches. Average winter temperature is about 30 degree F from mid December to mid February. Blizzard affects Washington on average once every four to six years. The summers are humid and hot, with an average of 70 degree F to 88 degree F and also sometimes as high as 95 degree F. Thunderstorms are frequent in the summers with some turning into tornadoes.

Baltimore Attractions: Baltimore is known for its Tourist places; some of them are:

Baltimore Museum Of Industry: Admission is free at this facility chronicling Baltimore’s industrial and labor history. Exhibits include a 19th century print shop, garment loft, and the 1906 steam tugboat SS Baltimore. Address: 1415 Key Highway. (410) 727-4808.

Baltimore Streetcar Museum: Museum exhibits the history and virtues of the still often-desired Baltimore streetcar, and the car house shelters a dozen designs of these awesome old people-movers. Address: 1901 Falls Road. (410) 547-0264.

Baltimore Zoo: This Zoo is famous for its largest colony of African black-footed penguins in the US, it also comprises of Chimpanzee Forest, Leopard Lair and the African Watering Hole, a six-acre open habitat with rhinos, zebras, and gazelles. Address: Druid Hill Park. (410) 366-5466.

Ladew Topiary Gardens: Famous for its topiary hedges and 15 gardens spread out in 22 acres this f\garden attract a lot of tourists. The Nature Walk which started in 1999 is a 1.5 mile trail through the woods and fields, and a short boardwalk extends through wetland forest and marsh. Self-guided tours are aided by a printed map. Address: 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. (410) 557-9466.

Market Center : This culturally diverse colorful collage of commerce includes 400 merchants, discount centers, ethnic food purveyors and specialty shops.

Washington DC General Information:

Washington DC Mayor's Office:
- 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004-3003
- Phone: (202) 727-6300

Washington DC Police Department:Washington DC for the time being has 2 numbers for the police department:
- For Emergency Dial 911
- For Non-Emergency Dial 311


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