Baltimore airport maintains lead among Washington DC airports

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Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) airport handled 22.5 million passengers in 2013, maintaining its title as the busiest airport in the Washington DC area for the second straight year.

Traffic fell 0.8% in 2013 from the record set in 2012, according to the airport. Despite the over all decline, international passenger traffic rose 19.8%.

“Our year-end results confirm that this remains a very robust air travel market,” says Paul Wiedefeld, chief executive of BWI airport, in a statement. “BWI Marshall’s outstanding air service and convenient, efficient facilities continue to attract travelers from throughout the region.”

Competing Washington Dulles International airport handled about 22 million passengers in 2013, according to the operator Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). The agency also operates the region’s third commercial airport Ronald Reagan Washington National.

National airport handled about 20.4 million passengers during the year, MWAA data shows.

Southwest Airlines is BWI’s largest carrier. Combined with its subsidiary AirTran Airways, Southwest had a 71% share of departing passengers during the year ending October 2013, according to US Department of Transportation (DOT) data.

The Dallas-based low-fare carrier added flights to Flint, Memphis and San Juan during 2013, Innovata FlightMaps Analytics shows. It ended service to Jackson, Mississippi, and Newark.

Southwest operated 210 daily departures from the airport in October 2013, it says.