Southwest Airlines plans to construct and operate a $130m aircraft maintenance facility at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
To be located at BWI, the maintenance facility will be the airline’s first in the Northeast. The project is expected to create 450 construction and maintenance jobs over the next three years and support hundreds of additional maintenance jobs over the next two decades.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said: “For four years, our administration has been doing everything we can to showcase Maryland’s incredible assets, which is why we are so fortunate to be home to the number one airport in the Washington-Baltimore region and to one of the best, most convenient, efficient, and thriving airports in the nation.
“We are proud to strongly support BWI and Southwest, and will continue to encourage the growth and success of this important partnership as we work hard to create the very best airport, highway system, port, transit, and transportation infrastructure network in the nation.”
The proposed facility will include a 130,000ft² maintenance hangar, aircraft parking apron and office space. It will be able to accommodate three aircraft and the exterior apron space will support up to eight aircraft.
According to preliminary schedule, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2021.
Of the total cost of $130m, Southwest will contribute $80m for the construction of the maintenance facility and MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration will contribute $50m to build infrastructure improvements such as utility work and site preparation.
Southwest Airlines chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said: “We continue to appreciate the great relationship with the state of Maryland and the Maryland Aviation Administration, and we thank them for the support over the past 25 years.
“This facility will be Southwest’s first Maintenance Hangar in the Northeast and will support our more than 120 technical operations employees with performing existing line maintenance work at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.”
Southwest Airlines commenced operations at BWI Marshall 25 years ago.
Image: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announcing the expansion of Southwest Airlines at BWI Marshall Airport. Photo: Courtesy of Southwest Airlines.