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A Southwest plane uses a runway in February 2014 at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

BWI sets passenger record

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport announced it set a record for passenger traffic last fiscal year.

On Tuesday, the airport announced more than 22 million passengers used the airport in fiscal year 2015, which amounts to a 2.4 percent increase over the past fiscal year that set the record.

“BWI is a gateway to the world and a powerful economic engine for Maryland and the region as a whole,” said Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement released to news media.  “Our administration is committed to ensuring Maryland continues to be a premier destination for business and tourism and sustaining this growth at BWI will play a key role in that effort.”

The airport also announced that international travelers increased by 55.4 percent in June, the largest one month increase in such passengers in BWI history.

Overall passengers also increased by 5.2 percent in June year-over-year, That jump in passengers, a total of 2.18 million, makes it the second busiest June on record.