Major airports in Maryland Baltimore

Baltimore is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maryland with an estimated population of over 600k. It is also known as the most populous independent city in the United States.

The major source of the economy in Baltimore is trade (port) and tourism. World Trade Center Baltimore is the centre for international commerce that holds Maryland Port Administration for major shipping lines.

Talking about tourism, Baltimore is one of the popular destinations in the United States featuring historical and natural attractions. Baltimore Visitor Center, National Aquarium, Walters Art Museum, the Maryland Science Center and sporting venues are some of the major attractions.

If you are planning to visit the beautiful city in Maryland, you can reach there via highways, railway, port of Baltimore or airway. In this article, we will explore all major airports in Maryland Baltimore operating flights to and from the city to various destinations across the United States.

How to get to Baltimore Maryland?

The airway is the most reliable and fast means of transportation to reach Baltimore, Maryland. Other options include railway, highways and the port of Baltimore. 

There are two major airports in Maryland Baltimore which are Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport. Both the airports are operated by the Maryland Aviation Administration.

There are various other counties, municipal and regional airports across the U.S. State of Maryland.

Now, let’s explore the two major airports in Maryland Baltimore.

Baltimore Maryland Airport Codes

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall AirportBWI
Martin State AirportMTN

International Airports in Maryland Baltimore

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport (ICAO: KBWI, IATA: BWI, FAA LID: BWI) is the only international airport in Maryland Baltimore. The airport is owned and operated by the Maryland Aviation Administration and serves Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan Area and South Central Pennsylvania.

BWI Airport (Airports in Maryland Baltimore)

BWI is also ranked as the busiest airport in Maryland and is also the fastest-growing international airport in the United States.

BWI Runway Information

BWI airport covers a total area of 3,160 acres (1,279ha) and features 3 active runways with the designation Rwy 10/28, Rwy 15R/33L and Rwy 15L/33R and a helipad H1.

Rwy 10/28Asphalt10,503 ft (3,201 m) x 150 ft (46 m)
Rwy 15R/33LAsphalt9,501 ft (2,896 m) x 150 ft (46 m)
Rwy 15L/33RAsphalt5,000 ft (1,500 m) x 100 ft (30 m)
Helipad H1Asphalt100 ft 
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BWI Runway (Airports in Maryland Baltimore)

BWI Terminal Facility and Infrastructure

BWI features an international terminal with an upper level and lower level. There are Five concourses (A, B, C, D and E) with a total of 78 gates. Concourses A and B hold 30 gates which are primarily used by Southwest Airlines. Likewise, Concourse C has 14 gates used by Southwest, American Airlines and Contour Airlines.

There are 23 gates in Concourse D from where Air Canada, American Airlines (domestic flights) and all non-Southwest Airlines flights are operated. Concourse E accommodates 11 gates especially allocated for all international flights. Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines international flights arrive at Concourse E.

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BWI Terminal (Airports in Maryland Baltimore)

Airlines operating to and from Baltimore Maryland

American AirlinesDallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Charlotte and Chicago O’Hare
Air CanadaToronto and Montreal
Alaska AirlinesSeattle/Tacoma
Allegiant AirSavannah, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Punta Gorda, Asheville and Knoxville
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
Condor AirlinesSeasonal flights to Frankfurt
Delta Air LinesSalt Lake City, Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul
Southwest AirlinesMajor domestic destinations across the United States
Spirit AirlinesAtlanta, Tampa, Cancun, San Juan, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Fort Myers
United AirlinesSan Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago-O’Hare
Sun Country AirlinesMinneapolis/St. Paul
Avelo AirlinesNew Haven
Seasonal Flights to Orlando
Air SenegalDajar–Diass
PLAY AirlinesReykjavik–Keflavik

BWI Technical Information

ELEVATION143 ft (44 m)
AREA3,160 acres (1,279 ha)
RUNWAYRwy 10/28 
Rwy 15L/33R
Rwy 15R/33L
Helipad H1

Martin State Airport (ICAO: KMTN, IATA: MTN, FAA LID: MTN)

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MTN (Airports in Maryland Baltimore)

Martin State Airport (MTN) is another airport in Maryland Baltimore which is primarily used for civil-military purposes. It is also owned and operated by Maryland Aviation Administration and serves Baltimore city.

MTN covers a total area of 747 acres (302 ha) and is equipped with a single asphalt runway with the designation Rwy 15/33. There is also a helipad available at the airport with a concrete surface.

This state airport is mainly used for general aviation and commercial operations. It is also a base for helicopter operations and a centre for flight training activities.

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MTN Technical Information

ELEVATION21 ft (6 m)
AREA747 acres (302 ha)
RUNWAYRwy 15/33Helipad H1

What airport do you fly into for Baltimore Maryland?

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall is the only major international airport in the city that offers flights to various domestic and international destinations.

More than 700 daily flights are operated by a total of 36 airlines (passenger, charter and cargo airlines) from BWI. As per the statistics of 2021, BWI operates over 320 daily nonstop flights to 80+ destinations including domestic and international.

If your next destination is Baltimore, your best option is to fly into BWI. Over 15 commercial passenger airlines connect Baltimore to major domestic and international destinations.

Other Count, Municipal and Regional Airports in Maryland Baltimore

Bay Bridge AirportCrisfield/Somerset County AirportEaston AirportGarrett County AirportTipton AirportCrisfield/Somerset County AirportFrederick Municipal AirportOcean City Municipal AirportCambridge – Dorchester Regional AirportCarroll County Regional AirportHagerstown Regional AirportSt. Mary’s County Regional AirportGreater Cumberland Regional AirportSalisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport

International Airports near Baltimore

There are three major international airports near Baltimore which are Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport, Dulles International Airport and Harrisburg International Airport.

Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport42.3 miles (1 hour 1-minute driving distance)
Dulles International Airport58.5 miles (1 hour 8 minutes driving distance)
Harrisburg International Airport83.1 miles (1 hour 26 minutes driving distance)
Philadelphia International Airport90.5 miles (1 hour 33 minutes driving distance)
Note: The distance and driving time are from Google Maps. The estimated driving time is considered with normal traffic.


We explored two major airports in Maryland Baltimore and the closest international airports to the city. 

The best option to reach Baltimore city is to land at Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) which covers the majority of domestic destinations and some international routes.

Southwest Airlines is the major commercial passenger airline operating the majority of domestic flights to and from BWI.  

You also have an option to land at the nearer international airports and take a 1 hour plus drive to reach Baltimore city.

FAQs on Airports in Maryland Baltimore

Which DC airport is closer to Baltimore?

Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport is the closest DC airport to Baltimore city. It is 42.3 miles away from BWI and takes almost an hour’s drive to reach Baltimore city.

Are Baltimore and Washington the same airport?

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) serves both the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan areas. That’s why the airport is named Baltimore/Washington.

Which airport is better DCA or BWI?

It depends upon various factors when determining which airport is better. DCA is the best airport for flying into Washington, D.C. whereas BWI is the best for flying to Baltimore city. 

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Suman Karki
Suman Karki is the founder of the AviaTech Channel blog and YouTube Channel. He is a passionate aviation enthusiast and holds experience working as a Ground Operations Officer for Swissport International. He is currently serving as a Flight Data Feeder for FlightAware (a US-based company for Flight Tracking). Besides, he has worked as an aviation content editor for various aviation media.


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