The Maryland Aviation Administration is working to ensure the safety and security of BWI Marshall Airport passengers and employees. MAA officials remain in close contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland Department of Health (MDH), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other business partners (airlines, concessionaires, etc.) to provide a safe environment for the airport community.
Maryland residents seeking information on the impact of coronavirus in Maryland should click here for the latest from MDH.
The latest coronavirus updates from the CDC can be found here.
UPDATE: 11/20 at 7:00pm
- Public health officials suggest limiting non-essential travel this holiday season. Please comply with COVID-19 protocols if you choose to take to the skies. Click here to learn more about our travel preparation this holiday season. Additional information can be found with our Holiday Travel Guide (click here to view).
- To comply with guidance with local health officials, airport restaurants seating capacity is now capped at 25% while airport retail shops are permitted 50% capacity. See what is open by clicking here.
- The introduction of a Virtual Information Desk is our latest effort to safely deliver premier customer service to our passengers. Starting November 23, passengers can receive assistance from a member of our Pathfinder team stationed in a safe, remote location. The Virtual Information Desk is located near Baggage Claim belts 1-5 operated by Southwest Airlines.
- To help accommodate an increase in passengers, TSA plans to open Security Checkpoint A on November 24, 25, 28-30. Estimated security checkpoint wait times are available on the homepage of BWIairport.com and on digital displays at each checkpoint.
UPDATE: 11/12 at 12:45pm
- As announced Tuesday evening by Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland Department of Health has issued an expanded travel advisory (click here to read the full announcement). Marylanders are strongly advised to avoid nonessential travel to states with a COVID-19 positivity rate exceeding 10% or an average case rate of 20 cases per 100k.
- Access to the terminal remains restricted to ticketed passengers and badged employees. The pick up of arriving passengers should take place curbside (as opposed to inside terminal areas such as Baggage Claim or other pre-security areas.
- Departing passengers can continue to enjoy reduced parking rates at both our Hourly and Daily Garages. See pricing and garage availability by clicking here.
UPDATE: 11/5 at 2:45pm
- Analysis of TSA data indicates Friday is consistently the busiest day of the week for passenger traffic at BWI Marshall Airport during this time of recovery. 4 of our 5 highest counts of daily screenings at security checkpoints have been recorded on a Friday, including 3 Fridays in October.
- Our team has distributed 69,660 face coverings (so far) to airport partners and passengers. The face coverings are free and provided to us by our federal government partners. Cloth face coverings are available for no charge at 3 Information Desks (Upper Level between Spirit and United counters, Lower Level between Baggage Claim belts 9-10 and 12-13). Mask distribution takes place 7 day a week from 6:00am-4:00pm and from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
- A handful of airport restaurants and retail shops have reopened in recent days. More than 50% of airport concessionaires are open, although many are operating with limited hours. See the latest by visiting BWIairport.com/COVID19concessions.
UPDATE: 10/21 at 4:30pm
- Passenger traffic at BWI Marshall Airport continues to rebound faster than other airports in the Washington, DC region. BWI Marshall Airport captured more than a 50% share of the region’s air passengers in in both June and July (the 2 most recent months available). These passenger counts are still a decrease of more than 60% from the same period one year ago.
- According to TSA screening data, September 4 currently stands as the busiest day for departing passengers at BWI Marshall Airport since the onset of the pandemic as 15,125 screenings were performed. The second-highest tally was recorded on October 9 with 14,057 screenings. Final monthly passenger traffic reports will also include arriving and connecting passengers.
- Access to the terminal continues to be restricted to ticketed passengers and badged workers. Those picking up travelers should wait in our Cell Phone Lot and pick up just-arrived passengers at the curb.
- Reduced parking rates remain available at both our Hourly and Daily Garages. More information here
- We have added Ambassador staff to help monitor and enforce social distancing on parking shuttles. The Ambassadors (seen in red jackets or vests, also seen at security checkpoints) are stationed at our Daily Garage and the terminal during peak times Thursday-Monday.
- Our airline partners have recently announced new route offerings for our passengers. Boutique Air will offer nonstop service to Norfolk (ORF) beginning November 1. Southwest Airlines is expanding to Miami International Airport and will offer multiple daily nonstops from BWI Marshall Airport beginning November 15.
- Airlines continue to modify their flight schedules on a frequent basis to try to meet changes in demand. Please check with your airline for the latest flight schedule information.
- The number of concessions partners in operation continues to hover just higher than 50%. Updates, including changes to operating hours, can be seen here. In addition, Minute Suites has opened in Concourse C offering passengers an area to comfortably relax, work or sleep.
UPDATE: 9/4 at 12:30pm
- TSA reports 13,257 screenings were performed yesterday (September 3) at BWI Marshall Airport security checkpoints. More than 15,000 screenings are expected to be performed today, the highest tally in nearly 6 months.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will resume Global Entry enrollment interview for applicants with scheduled interviews starting Tuesday (September 8). The enrollment office at BWI Marshall Airport will be open Monday through Friday 1pm-4pm each day. Full details from CBP can be seen here.
- More of our concessions partners have resumed operations in recent weeks. More than 50% of airport restaurants and retail shops are now open, with additional openings planned throughout the month of September. See the latest rundown here.
- Our Executive Director Ricky Smith recently took some time to share tips for passengers to keep in mind throughout this busy Labor Day weekend. Watch that video below or click here to view on YouTube.
UPDATE: 8/18 at 4:45pm
- Passenger traffic continues to rebound at BWI Marshall Airport. TSA performed 12,532 screenings at checkpoints on Sunday (August 16), the most in a single day since July 2. The 48,000+ screenings performed in the Thursday-Sunday period (August 13-16) is the highest 4-day tally since mid-March.
- A frequently asked question on social media is “I’m traveling for a week, where do I park since your long term lots are closed?” We are offering discounted parking rates at both our Daily and Hourly Garages. The $8 daily fee in our Daily Garage matches our regular Long Term lot rates while the current $12 daily fee in our Hourly Garage is nearly half the regular rate. More info can be found here.
- TSA has installed 14 Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) units at BWI Marshall Airport. In most cases, the CAT units eliminate the need for a passenger to present a boarding pass at the TSA document check podium. The CAT units are intended to provide a more efficient process and better detect fraudulent documents at the security checkpoint. Learn more from TSA here.
- Airlines continue to modify (in most cases, tighten) their policies regarding acceptable face coverings. Many airlines now no longer deem face coverings with valves or vents as acceptable coverings. An overview is found here. Please confirm the latest face covering policies with your airline prior to your travel.
UPDATE: 7/31 at 1:30pm
- In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order 20-07-29-01 (full text here), face masks/coverings are required at all times throughout BWI Marshall Airport. This Executive Order takes effect this evening at 5pm. Passengers needing a face covering can receive a free one at select Information Desks (more info here). Face coverings, and other personal health and safety items, are also available for purchase at airport shops and PPE vending machines.
UPDATE: 7/30 at 5:00pm
- A number of restaurants and retail shops have recently reopened at BWI Marshall Airport. Roughly 45% of airport concessionaires are currently open, more than twice the number open at the beginning of June. See the latest updates here.
- Maintaining a safe and healthy airport environment is a community effort. Our crews are working around the clock and our partners are conducting additional cleaning and disinfectant efforts. WJZ-TV recently highlighted United's protocols at BWI Marshall Airport. See the report here.
- We continue to update our terminal messaging to keep passengers informed of new, pandemic-related procedures. Crews have recently installed additional floor markers promoting social distancing in TSA Security Checkpoint queue areas, distancing signage in elevators and other high-traffic areas, plus digital signage at TSA Security Checkpoints.
UPDATE: 7/23 at 5:15pm
- When you're ready to travel, we'll be ready for you. To help put you at ease, we've put together a safe travel checklist containing 10 important steps to ensure safe travels. See it here.
- All major U.S. airlines require passengers to wear face masks or coverings in-flight. Airlines continue to tighten their policies regarding face masks and coverings in other portions of the travel experience. See the latest updates here.
- We've made another change to our parking operations. Travelers can enjoy reduced pricing of $12 per day at our Hourly Garage. More info on parking at BWI Marshall Airport is found here.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centers will remain closed until early September. CBP's Enrollment on Arrival program remains operational. More info here.
For previous (older) COVID-19 updates, please click here.
What You Can Do
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time
- Avoiding touch your face with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes (use a tissue or inside of your elbow)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Practice social distancing by maintain a reasonable distance (6 feet is recommended), especially if you are a higher risk of becoming sick
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- What is coronavirus?
o COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread person to person. Click here for more from the CDC.
- What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
o Fever, cough, shortness of breath OR 2 of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell)
- How is it spread?
o From person-to-person within a close proximity (6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs (more here from the CDC)
- Are there travel restrictions in place?
o No domestic travel restrictions are in place. Click here for DHS info regarding international restrictions.
- I have a flight booked in 3 days, is it flying?
o Please check with your airline for flight-specific information within 72 hours of your scheduled departure.
- Will the airport shut down?
o BWI Marshall Airport remains open. A number of measures have been implemented to help ensure the safety of airport passengers and workers.
- Will airport restaurants be open when I visit?
o Airport restaurants and retailers are open, but with reduced operating hours and food service. Full service restaurants may have their seating areas closed or limited, but still offer carry-out options. More information can be found here.
- Should I wear a mask?
o The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth while traveling. This is an additional public health measure not meant to replace the practice of social distancing.