Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is on full alert in preparation for a strong winter storm that is expected to hit the area on Friday and Saturday.
A number of airlines have announced travel advisories and revised ticketing policies in advance of the expected storm. In addition, airlines often cancel flights before or during heavy winter storms. BWI Marshall Airport strongly recommends that travelers check with their airline for current flight information before heading to the Airport. Customers are advised to monitor airline or Airport web sites to be aware of possible flight cancellations. BWI Marshall Airport’s website is www.BWIairport.com.
“BWI Marshall Airport is working to plan and prepare for another significant snow storm,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration. “The Airport will have employees working throughout the expected winter weather to help ensure safe operations for travelers and airline partners.”
Should the predicted storm materialize, BWI Marshall Airport will initiate a full weather recall for all emergency and essential staff. Snow-removal crews, both Airport employees and contractors, will be activated. The snow teams will work to remove snow and ice from Airport runways, taxiways, and ramp areas, as well as public roadways, parking lots, and sidewalks.
More than 350 Airport workers and contractors will have access to more than 200 pieces of specialized snow removal equipment, including plows, chemical trucks, brooms, and several high-speed, multi-function, state-of-the-art runway clearing vehicles. BWI Marshall Airport will have more than 220 tons of sand, 170 tons of salt, 100 tons of solid chemical deicer, and 55,000 gallons of liquid chemical deicer on hand to battle the snow and ice.
Airport winter operations are a shared responsibility. A great deal of planning and preparation is conducted year-round to ensure the Airport is ready for winter weather. BWI Marshall Airport is responsible for snow removal and safe operations of the facility. The airlines de-ice aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration controls air traffic and manages the movement of aircraft on the airfield.
With a potentially significant snowfall expected, BWI Marshall Airport customers may want to consider utilizing covered parking in either the Daily Garage or the Hourly Garage.