Study: Baltimore/Washington is key to regional economy

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 state.

"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.

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