Baltimore has gained 2 new international airlines, with the most foreign carriers for years

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Baltimore plays a vital air travel role in Maryland, Virginia and the DC area. It had 26.2 million passengers last year, only about 3% lower than its previous record held in 2018.

While Baltimore is best known for being a major airport for Southwest, it is much more than this. It has passenger service by six foreign carriers, including two new additions in 2023/2024. They added to the launch of PLAY in 2022, the same year that Icelandair returned.

Baltimore passengers 2006-2023

Two new foreign airlines have joined Baltimore’s ranks

On 28 June 2023, Copa began a 4-weekly Panama City to Baltimore service, complementing its 3-daily operation to Washington IAD. It is the first time that Maryland’s most populous city has had Panama City flights, with Copa targeting passengers travelling between the catchment and South America and Central America.

On 18 March 2024, BermudAir commenced service from its namesake country to Baltimore. With 3-weekly E175 flights, Baltimore became its third US destination, after Boston, Fort Lauderdale and Westchester. Bermuda rejoined Baltimore’s route map after AirTran last served it in 2013. USA 3000 and US Airways previously served it.

Baltimore is served by six foreign airlines this summer: BermudAir (as above), British Airways (London LHR), Condor (Frankfurt), Copa (as above), Icelandair (Keflavik) and PLAY (Keflavik). Despite the loss of long-term carrier Air Canada in March 2024, Baltimore has not had six foreign carriers since 2018, the best year yet for total passengers.

BermudaAir at BWI

Baltimore is Southwest’s fourth most-served airport

According to Cirium data, Southwest has 70% of Baltimore’s S24 seats. It is the carrier’s fourth-busiest airport by this metric, behind Denver, Las Vegas and Chicago MDW. It has 73 Baltimore routes this season, including Belize City, which began on 9 March (weekly), and Richmond, which starts on 4 June (2-daily). At just 195 kilometres, the route to the Virginia capital will become Southwest’s shortest network-wide.

Athens International Airport

Spirit is Baltimore’s second-largest airline. It began flying to the airport in 2012 with routes to Dallas DFW and Fort Lauderdale. While available seats in S24 have risen by 17% year-on-year, it is still below pre-pandemic levels, when it had 1.1+ million departing seats.

The ULCC has 18 summer routes, including three brand-new links: Portland (OR) on 8 May (daily), San Jose (CA) on 5 June (4-weekly) and Sacramento on 6 June (3 to 4-weekly). It will also return to Boston, Myrtle Beach and San Diego.

JetBlue will cease flying to Baltimore in April 2024. The troubled carrier has flown there since 2009, with its network primarily being about Boston, although Fort Lauderdale and Orlando MCO were also served (2015-2019). In S23, JetBlue was Baltimore’s eighth-largest carrier with just 0.47% of departing seats.

Top 10 Baltimore Airlines S24

Seven airports have joined its network, but Atlanta is still number-one

Based on having at least four departing flights, Baltimore’s S24 route map comprises 90 passenger destinations, 74 domestic. In the past year, Bermuda, Belize City, Colorado Springs, Portland (OR), Richmond, San Jose (CA) and Sacramento have all joined its network. Only Toronto YYZ is no longer served.

Baltimore’s top 10 destinations are all domestic, with Cancun in 50th place being number one internationally. Despite Southwest’s heavy presence, major US hubs play a major role. At the airport level, Atlanta is first. It has 127-weekly flights in May by Delta (59), Southwest (44), Frontier (17) and Spirit (7).

Top 10 Baltimore destinations S24

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