For the third straight year, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has increased its best yearlong traffic totals, according to a press release from the airport.
Passenger traffic at BWI increased 1.3 percent from 2011, to 22.6 million commercial passengers. International passenger traffic increased 20.7 percent from 2011, and cargo shipments increased 3.7 percent from the year prior.
The year also saw the airport's best month on record in July when more than 2.2 million people flew through BWI.
"The sustained growth and success at BWI Marshall highlights its position as an important business and tourism gateway, as well as a job generator," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said.
Nearly 94,000 jobs are supported by BWI, as the business generates $5.6 billion in business revenue, according to the press release.
"Last year, we served our 500 millionth customer in the history of this airport," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI. "We remain committed to providing excellent customer service and efficient, convenient travel for our passengers."
Airport officials credited airline additions and a terminal enhancement program that brought more amenities and business space to the airport.