BWI AIRPORT, Md. -- Baltimore/Washington International Airport
generated $5.3 billion in economic activity in 1998, according to a
new study by the Maryland Aviation Administration.
The study also shows that the airport supported 74,543 jobs in
the Baltimore-Washington area. Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening
called the airport one of the most powerful economic engines in the
"The airport is Maryland's gateway to the world," the governor
said. "The results generated by this study clearly indicate that we
must build on our success and ensure that BWI continues to provide
jobs and opportunities to Marylanders."
The study found that 10,140 jobs are directly dependent on
airport activity such as freight, ground transportation,
construction and consulting. Another 11,678 jobs were created by
goods and services purchased by airport workers.
The study also showed that the 3.8 million travelers who arrived
at airport are estimated to have spent $2.4 billion for lodging,
food, entertainment and transportation.