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BWI sets all-time monthly passenger record in July

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport flew a record 2.2 million passengers in July, led by an almost 20 percent leap in international traffic.

The all-time record was a 0.8 increase over July 2011 traffic. International traffic increased 17.3 percent year-over-year, and cargo shipments went up 2.1 percent. July is typically the airport’s busiest month.

Southwest Airlines, the largest airline at BWI, saw its traffic increase 6.8 percent year-over-year.

“We work hard each day to provide a convenient, efficient and affordable travel experience for our customers,” airport Executive Director Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a statement.

The record is the continuation of an overall upward trend that started in 2009, when BWI was the only United States airport to show an increase in passenger traffic.

In 2011, the airport set an all-time record for annual traffic after more than 22 million people flew to and from BWI. The previous record was set in 2010.

Two new airlines announced this summer that they would start flying to and from BWI, too.

In July, Condor Airlines started flights to and from Frankfurt, Germany. On Thursday, Spirit Airlines is slated to start service to Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

In a statement, Gov. Martin O’Malley said the new monthly record “represents the steady growth and success that BWI Marshall has experienced.

“The airport is an important resource that supports jobs, transportation and tourism throughout the region. We will continue working hard to meet the needs of travelers throughout Maryland, the national capital region and the world.”