While much discussion about Maryland's transportation network has , its major airport has been preparing for takeoff to become the region's most utilized.
On a daily basis, BWI reports that it serves 61,347 passengers.
The Washington Post attributed some of its success to its accessibility.
In 2007, BWI was ranked among the "Top 10 Easiest Airports to Get to" by aviation industry analysts. Located near major highways like MD 295 and 95, BWI also offers rail service through Amtrak, MARC and light rail. By 2016, the Maryland Department of Transportation is scheduled to complete a fourth track and new platform to support additional riders.
Together, the two airlines account for more than 70 percent of the airport's traffic, according to BWI's reports.
On April 11, Southwest rolled out the first of its new Boeing 800-series jets at BWI, a move The Washington Post said "symbolized the growth of an airport that...might soon surpass the number [of passengers] at Dulles International."