BWI Airport is seeking $60 million to add five new gates at its Southwest Airlines Terminal.
The additional gates would add 55,000 square feet of space to Terminal A, which is already a substantial hub for Southwest.
The Maryland Aviation Administration has submitted the funding request to the Maryland Board of Public Works, which will meet on July 19.
The MAA said it is seeking an “expedited procurement schedule” to allow construction to begin as soon as January. Completion of the project could come as soon as 2020.
The desire for the new gates comes as the airport intends to temporarily close five gates to allow for an expansion of the A/B Connector and Baggage Handling System. That construction could start as soon as 2020, hence the desire for the new Southwest gates to be in place by then. The MAA said that once the A/B Connector gates are back open, the new Southwest gates will still be needed to accommodate Southwest’s plans for expanded service.
MAA spokesman Jonathan Dean told The Baltimore Sun that the project will be an “initial step in a major, longer-term program of work to improve our Terminal A/B. That major effort will provide an improved level of service for our passengers and accommodate future growth from our largest airline partner, Southwest Airlines.”